Energy Facts Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill has been developed with synergistic design focused on energy conservation and sustainability. As part of the integrated project delivery, every partner collaborated from the onset of the development, incorporating the latest state-of-the-art systems and unique features. As a result, this medical center will be 25% more energy efficient than most hospital facilities within the region – positively impacting the South Jersey community for decades to come. Site No wetlands were impacted, nor were any forested areas cleared, in the development of this project. 836 trees, mostly native to the region, are being planted, which will provide habitat for natural wildlife on the 100-acre property. Additionally, large areas of native meadow grasses and wildflowers will reduce the need for watering, fertilizers, and herbicides. The building allows natural light in as many spaces as possible, including staff work areas on the patient units, all patient care areas, and the operating platform. The development of the site utilized local union laborers. Energy & Power Electrical and plumbing systems were selected for sustainable design and energy efficiency. A 1.1 megawatt combined heat and power plant (CHP) enables Inspira to produce both electricity and thermal energy on-site. This ability to make its own power is a unique design element for the hospital. With this system, Inspira will generate its own electricity using natural gas. Simultaneously, the building will recover thermal energy that would otherwise be wasted and use it to preheat domestic hot water in the hospital. This combined electricity and thermal energy system provides increased energy efficiency as compared to the use of separate systems. Additionally, CHP enables the hospital to operate off the grid. During a power outage or emergency, CHP can still run to provide 95-100% of the power required to operate the hospital. A three-acre field of solar panels behind the hospital provides 1.5 megawatts of power production on-site, another unique feature of the hospital. The solar panels provide energy for hospital use, and the surplus is sold back to the grid for additional cost savings. Within 30 years, the operating solar panels at the hospital will save 42,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to the emissions from 93 million miles driven by a passenger car or 88,000 barrels of oil. Heating & Cooling High efficiency equipment was selected for operating efficiencies above code minimums. Systems are designed to conserve heating, cooling and fan energy. Interiors All interior materials conform with the low-emitting materials requirement needed to achieve the US Green Building Council’s LEED certification. The building utilizes LED lighting to reduce energy usage. Occupancy sensors will also be installed in any rooms that are not used for patient care or occupied 24/7. All flooring is wax-free, therefore minimizing the need for ongoing maintenance, and includes recycled content. All the millwork and acoustic ceiling tiles are created within 500 miles of the facility to limit transportation costs to the site.