Encompass Health operates one of the nation’s largest network of inpatient, outpatient, and home health rehabilitation services. The hospitals provide rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, and amputations.
The Company owns 130 hospitals and wants to decrease its operating costs across its portfolio of buildings. Encompass Health turned to Chateau Energy Solutions to help them with their energy management goals.
The energy efficiency experts at Chateau Energy Solutions recommended that Encompass Health focus on a national lighting retrofit and upgrade program for its rehabilitation facilities. The lighting retrofits and upgrades would improve Encompass Health’s facilities in five areas:
- Generate energy savings;
- Increase maintenance savings;
- Lower environmental impact;
- Refresh the look for the facilities; and
- Improve patient, visitor, and staff comfort.
Not only was a customized turnkey lighting solution needed, which included design and advanced lighting technology, but also a solid logistical plan was necessary for the construction phase.
Installing lighting retrofits at the facilities presented challenges to the Chateau Energy Solutions work crew. Patient care and limited business interruptions were of utmost concern. The team through its years of experience has developed a streamlined construction and project planning process. The professionals at Chateau Energy Solutions carefully planned the retrofit so disruption of the rehabilitation personnel and patients would be at a minimum.
Chateau Energy Solutions completed 40 lighting projects to date and the savings have been substantial. The program, when completed, will generated more than $4 million in energy savings. In addition to the energy savings, Chateau Energy Solutions uncovers utility rebates and administers them on behalf of Encompass Health. This will provide an additional $1 million in avoided capital costs.
The lighting projects consist of both interior and exterior upgrades and retrofits. All exterior lighting has been upgraded using LEDs, improving the quantity and quality of light as well as improving safety.
The relationship between Encompass Health and Chateau Energy Solutions continues to thrive. Encompass Health operates in 36 states across the country and additional lighting retrofits are planned for more rehabilitation facilities.