Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Healthcare System, a non-profit healthcare provider of personalized care for over 40,500 patients a year in a two-hospital, 716 bed system, partnered with Ameresco’s Smart Building Solutions group* to tame rising energy costs, assess equipment viability and increase control over humidity levels in their facilities.
*Project originally completed under the name Plug Smart, acquired by Ameresco in 2021.
“[Smart Building Solutions] is true to their name. Their deep working knowledge of every type of energy system helped our hospital approach our energy problems intelligently, so that we could better focus on serving our patients. Through their Energy Master Plan, we are saving more than enough money to pay for the project. Most impressively, the [Smart Building Solutions] team took the time to understand our concerns and our constraints so that we were comfortable. Now our buildings will perform as well as our hospitals have for years.”
– Lee Wehr
Director of Engineering, Naples Community Hospital
Annual O&M Savings
Annual Natural Gas Savings
Ameresco’s Smart Building Solutions group worked with NCH to develop a 5-year Energy Master Plan that prioritized and scheduled improvements alongside a Facilities Master Plan, based on the results of a comprehensive energy audit. Upgrades and equipment replacements at NCH facilities yielded substantial annual savings in energy expenses, including the following:
- $410,000 annual natural gas savings
- $184,000 annual operations and maintenance savings at Downtown Campus
- $141,000 annual operations and maintenance savings at North Campus
Ameresco’s Smart Building Solutions group conducted a comprehensive investment-grade energy audit for the two campuses, along with a central facility. Analytics determined that the EUI for each of the buildings was significantly higher than other area hospitals in NCH’s peer group. Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) to address their increased consumption and humidity issues were engineered. Utility savings, operations and maintenance savings, rebates and incentives and overall return on investment shaped ECM development.
- Updated lighting and boiler plants at both campuses
- Replaced chillers and cooling towers at both campuses
- Retro-commissioning at the downtown campus