Haliburton Highlands Health Services

Haliburton Highlands Health Services

Located 200 km north of Toronto, Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) serves 17,000 people in the villages of Haliburton and Minden. Both hospitals were seeking creative ways to deal with rising energy prices and the need to renew expensive, outdated equipment.

Being located in a more rural area without access to natural gas, HHHS was sensitive to changes in unregulated and volatile oil prices. Before the project, oil represented two-thirds of the hospitals’ total energy consumption. Alternative renewable sources of energy were therefore appealing options.

As part of a turnkey energy performance contract in which annual energy savings, construction costs, and government incentives were guaranteed, Ecosystem and HHHS worked together to redesign and optimize the energy infrastructure at both the Haliburton and Minden hospitals. Geothermal systems for heating and cooling were installed at both sites, as well as rooftop solar panels, to reduce the hospitals’ reliance on fossil fuels. Today, HHHS has more energy efficient, sustainable, and comfortable buildings that consume on average 50% less than comparable facilities.

  • 39%

    Energy Bill Reduction

  • 2010-2012

    Project Period

  • $2.2M


  • $190,000

    Guaranteed Annual Savings


Situated next to a lake, one of the hospitals now makes use of thermal energy from the water through an innovative geothermal system. Thousands of feet of piping were sunk into the lake using weights, and the project was designed to ensure there was no damage to the natural ecosystem during construction or operation. In the winter, a heat pump draws energy from the water, which is transferred to the building via the existing water network.

Customized Performance Measures:

Geothermal Energy

Installation of two types of geothermal systems. At the Minden site, a ground-source heat pump transfers heat energy from the ground to the building. At the Haliburton site, the hospital extracts heat energy from lake water.

Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Installation of panels that convert solar energy into electrical current.


Optimization of ventilation system and addition of variable speed drives to modulate the airflow depending on actual needs.


Replacement of older generation bulbs and fluorescent tubes by efficient luminaires providing better lighting quality.