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Dayton Power & Light Gives Energy Efficiency Rebate to Miami Valley Hospital for “Green” Tower

Dayton, Ohio (March 5, 2014) - Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) has awarded an energy efficiency rebate of $129,022.44 to Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) for the green construction of its new 12-story patient tower. DP&L’s New Construction Rebate Program encourages building owners to design energy efficiency strategies that surpass standard building codes. Projects must achieve annual electric savings of 5% or higher than a building constructed to standard building codes.

MVH was the first hospital in southwestern Ohio and the second in the state designated a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified building by the United States Green Building Council. The certification is regarded as the benchmark in green buildings.

The 485,000 square foot building was completed in December 2010. It was designed to reduce energy usage by 18% through high-efficiency mechanical and lighting systems and reduce water usage by more than 20%. Construction was completed using more than 35% recycled building materials.

The tower, which cost $135 million, also has green roofs with 11,000 square feet of living plants that provide insulation, help reduce heating and cooling costs and lower air temperature.

Miami Valley’s new patient tower saves more than 1,000,000 kilowatts of electricity usage annually, 12% more efficient than a building designed using standard building codes. The tower also is 22% more efficient for demand savings (the amount of electricity a customer requires at a given point in time) than a standard building.

“These savings add up to more than $100,000 per year in reduced electric operating costs,” according to Stefanie Campbell, manager Energy Efficiency Programs for DP&L.

“When we built the new patient tower, we made a commitment to protect the environment through continuous improvement of our energy performance,” said Mark Shaker, President and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. “This energy rebate confirms that we made the right decision.”

Examples of energy efficiency in the building include:

  • The building’s exterior is 8 percent more energy efficient than required by building code. This was achieved through highly insulated walls and roofs, and high performing windows
  • Heat recovery is being used to extract energy from hot air exhaust, saving energy in the winter and summer months
  • Daylight harvesting (from exterior windows) reduces electrical lighting usage
  • Occupancy sensors turn lights off when no one is in the room
  • Two green roofs help to insulate the building

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