Hospitals are one of the most energy-intensive buildings yet most important buildings, as people’s lives depend on their operation. Because hospitals are large premises that work around the clock, it is difficult to control energy consumption. Most of the energy ends up being wasted as the systems are not innovative.
Every year, hospitals invest huge amounts of money to reduce their carbon footprint and move closer to the net-zero goal. Improving energy efficiency in hospitals have many positive implications. Improved efficiency of expensive hospital equipment means that they last longer and can therefore treat more patients. So, as well as reducing emissions that affect climate change, improving energy efficiency in hospitals directly affects patient health.
The Energy Use Index (EUI) is a unit used to measure how much energy a building uses on a site in a year; a typical hospital has an average of 235 EUI. More than half of this energy in hospitals comes from HVAC systems for infection control and comfort. And some of this is wasted because it is very difficult to control such huge premises without using additional building management systems or artificial intelligence. Hospitals on average spend between $3,000 and $5,000 per square foot on their electricity bill. Still, with the help of artificial intelligence from Arloid, this cost can be reduced by up to 30%, which is significant saving for huge hospitals.
Ventilation, heating, and cooling systems operate in the hospital 24/7, where care is provided 365 days a year. To achieve zero emissions, hospitals urgently need to minimize their energy consumption, especially when energy price inflation can be as high as 40 percent. It is also important to clarify that net zero should be available not only for newly-established hospitals, but also for existing ones. For example, by connecting the hospital to the building management system of artificial intelligence from Arloid, you can reduce the use of the HVAC system.
There are of course alternative ways to reduce energy, such as the scheduled shutdown of HVAC systems or lights, but such an approach in hospitals will not be useful and may cause harm. It is also possible to use large amounts of outside air, but air pollution will cause issues for hospital sanitation or may contain allergens that puts the patient at risk. Another way is to install hood control sensors that will control air consumption, but for hospitals, this system will be very expensive as sensors may be needed for almost every patient. The decarbonization of the healthcare sector is an urgent and challenging task on a global scale, so Arloid offers its own solution to the problem.
Arloid’s AI can help hospitals achieve net-zero faster, by allowing them to reduce and optimize their HVAC usage, which will also save money on hospital maintenance. To start your net-zero journey, simply contact us by email or go through test calculations in the configurator on our website, where you can calculate how much you can save with Arloid.
Our office will be happy to answer any questions and tell you more about how your company can work towards your net-zero goals! Let’s take another step towards a greener future!