VA San Diego Healthcare System
VA San Diego earns 2020 ENERGY STAR Award
VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) earned the ENERGY STAR award for the 10th year. To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by EPA. Specifically, to be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn a 75 or higher score, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide while meeting national indoor environmental quality standards. This year, VASDHS earned a score of 83.
"While committed to continuous improvement and meeting the high standards set by ENERGY STAR, VASDHS reduced its annual energy costs from $3.3 million in 2003 to $2.6 million as of April 2020. This 22% cost savings is ploughed back into the Medical Center's annual budget, thereby maximizing resources available for Veterans' care," said Jeffrey Salas, an energy engineer with VASDHS.
According to the EPA, ENERGY STAR certified buildings save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings.
VASDHS has implemented proven emerging technologies to achieve the highest possible energy savings under a ten year Energy and Water Management Plan adopted in 2018: upgrades of the combined heat and power system that generate electricity, roll out of advanced lighting control systems in renovations and upgrade of chiller controls are among the energy efficiency measures that VASDHS Engineering Services and various facility teams continuously assess and implement to meet VA directives, executive orders and congressional mandates.
These changes, along with VASDHS's use of a Co-Gen plant to generate most of its electricity, have helped sustain local energy efficiency year after year.
"We're proud of our commitment to energy savings, and we hope to continue to improve our efficiency," Salas said.