IHEEM tackles Ultra Efficient Lighting

A CPD Seminar hosted by Brandon Medical was held for IHEEM members to discuss Ultra Efficient Lighting and reducing Hospital's Carbon emissions to fit in line with the NHS's new Carbon emissions target.
By: Sunita Dhaliwal
Sept. 28, 2009 - PRLog -- Hospital Buildings are energy consuming giants, and this has not gone unnoticed. With a number of new builds the number of Hospitals is at a record high. Hospitals are under increasing pressure to change in order to benefit the environment as well as their expenditure.
Hospitals represent 6% of the total energy consumption in the utility building sector, leaving them the 3rd highest contributor in this sector.
When looking at the output of energy within a hospital a total of 37% is contributed by lighting.
Given the total spent on lighting within our hospitals more should be done to cut back the energy costs of lighting. Every pound saved on using energy efficient light within a hospital can be used elsewhere to improve the medical care of its patients

The entire energy saving process is reliant on a combination of both knowledge and ultra efficient lighting technology. Considering this, IHEEM members participated in an Ultra Efficient Lighting CPD Seminar hosted by Brandon Medical. The internationally themed CPD seminar saw a great turn out of members from across all sectors from Engineers and Hospital Architects to Manufacturers and Hospital Estates Managers. The event was particularly well attended by the Yorkshire and Humber IHEEM branch with attendees from Airedale NHS Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Calderdale & Huddersfield Hospital, South West and Yorkshire Mental Health NHS.  

The seminar provided attendees with a variety of ideas and solutions to reduce energy consumption within Hospitals. A total of 4 guest speakers presented their expert knowledge of Ultra Efficient Lighting: Peter Schmollinger of Derungs (Switzerland), Frank Oehrle of Waldmann (Germany), Graeme Hall of Brandon Medical (UK) and Euan Morrison of Sagentia (UK). The range of speakers covered lighting practice in a variety of industries as well as providing an international approach to efficient lighting.

Both Derungs and Waldmann operate in two of the most environmentally friendly countries.
Switzerland, where Derungs is based is the 3rd most energy efficient country in the world.
Furthermore Germany home country of Waldmann Lighting displayed the most noticeable reduction in energy consumption during 2008 after the German government passed a new round of environmental laws in order to meet their CO2 emissions targets. BP’s global energy report sees Germany leading the way to reduce energy consumption.
A factor of the two countries success is a result of the new Minergie scheme which branched from Switzerland.
Minergie is a brand for high standard energy efficient designed buildings. The brand is underpinned by 3 standards:
-   Higher energy efficiency
-   Higher comfort and functionality
-   Low investment cost increase (max 10%)

This method of implementing energy efficient design within buildings is certainly something that UK hospitals could learn a lot from.  

In addition to energy efficient design, the seminar looked at the benefits of using LED medical lighting in comparison to traditional lighting technologies.

Guest speaker, Graeme Hall of Brandon Medical comments:
‘Good lighting is crucial in creating the correct hospital environment, for both operational effectiveness and patient comfort.
Through new LED lighting technologies Ultra Efficient Lighting in hospitals is within our reach.’

CPD seminars provide a great opportunity for IHEEM members to develop their knowledge of crucial issues within the Healthcare Sector as well as providing great networking opportunities.
The great turn out from Yorkshire’s IHEEM branch is a representation of their year’s activities. The Yorkshire and Humber branch has been part of a range of seminars looking at all aspects of energy saving within Hospital including Carbon Management and Making Better by Design (taking place later in year).

To find out about the latest CPD seminars and events please visit: http://www.iheem.org.uk/events/index.php or alternatively contact your local IHEEM branch for more details.

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