September 29, 2017

A New Accolade for CHU in Quebec City

On September 18, the Quebec City University Hospital Center (CHU) received further recognition for its energy efficiency improvements. This distinction—the Wayne McLellan Award from the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES)—comes on the heels of an award received earlier this year.

The award-winning project, which targets three of CHU’s five hospitals, has proven to be very effective. “In 2015, CHU’s energy consumption fell 30% and its greenhouse gas emissions declined by 56% or 12,914 metric tons,” said Pierre-André Tremblay, CHU’s Technical Services Director. “These results are guaranteed and recur annually. They’re a good example of CHU’s commitment to being environmentally responsible.”

The ambitious upgrades to three of CHU’s hospitals included the conversion of steam heating networks to hot water, heat recovery, use of renewable energy (geothermal and solar), and equipment controlled by centralized systems coupled with optimized operating sequences. And it’s not finished yet: similar work is almost complete at Saint-François d’Assise, a fourth hospital in the CHU network.

Close collaboration between the CHU and Ecosystem teams made it possible to address the complex energy systems as a whole, and implement deep energy retrofits that were tailored and optimized for each hospital—conditions which are essential to achieving significant and sustainable results.

Learn more about this project: Quebec City University Hospital Center