Building well-being

The new South Niagara Hospital, just off Queen Elizabeth Way, is aiming to become Canada’s first WELL®-certified health care facility, integrating energy-saving strategies with innovative features that help improve patient care, staff productivity and overall health.

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    The new South Niagara Hospital, is aiming to become Canada’s first WELL®-certified health care facility, integrating energy-saving strategies with innovative features that help improve patient care, staff productivity and overall health.

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    Savings by Design program from Enbridge Gas is helping South Niagara Hospital achieve their goal of becoming a WELL®-certified facility, where wellbeing, sustainability and efficiency align

Results

5,187,199 kg CO2e
Projected GHG reduction*

32%
Projected better energy performance than Ontario Building Code

108,000
square metres

50
acre site

*Projected savings based on energy modelling simulations from the Savings by Design Integrated Design Process workshop.

Where well-being and efficiency align

With an aging population and 14 million visitors a year, Niagara has a critical need for a modern facility that provides both 24-hour emergency services and complex and continuing care.

“There’s direct correlation between building design and occupant health,” said Cliff Harvey, Niagara Health’s Chief Planning Officer. “Savings by Design is helping us achieve our goal of becoming a WELL®-certified facility, where well-being, sustainability and efficiency align.”

Doubly efficient as the program goal

During the full-day Savings by Design workshop, a range of design alternatives were explored, such as adding energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) to make the ventilation system (one of the most energy-intensive areas) more efficient.

The energy modelling process included in the workshop showed that the hospital’s energy performance is expected to be 32.1 percent better than the Ontario Building Code, doubling the goal set by the program.

Bottom-line benefits

Designing a healthier, more sustainable environment helps hospitals achieve the “Triple Aim”: improving health outcomes, enhancing the patient and staff experience and lowering operational costs, which allows more resources to be directed to patient care.

Potential project enhancements

  • Condensing boiler with 96 percent efficiency
  • Heat recovery chiller to reheat spaces
  • ERVs in patient rooms, offices, lobby
  • Fan static pressure reduced by 50 percent

“Savings by Design is helping us achieve our goal of becoming a WELL®-certified facility, where well-being, sustainability and efficiency align.”

Cliff Harvey, Chief Planning Officer,
Niagara Health

Start designing sustainable buildings with expert help

Savings by Design gives your project team free access to industry experts, technical tools and financial incentives to help you build high-performance, resilient and sustainable buildings.

How the program works

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Visioning session

Session duration: 1 – 2 hours
We’ll meet with your project lead, sustainability manager and a design team member to help define your project requirements and sustainability priorities.


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Get rewarded for building above code

Earn incentives that reward you for building 20 percent above code:

$15,000 As-designed energy performance incentive
Earn incentives when you complete a pre-construction certified energy model that shows your building will be 20 percent above current code.

$15,000 As-built energy performance incentive
Earn additional incentives by confirming your building is 20 percent above code with a post-construction certified energy model, performed by a professional modeller.


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Integrated design process workshop

No cost ($30,000 value*)
Workshop duration: 1 day Your team will strategize with energy modellers and sustainable design experts to maximize your project’s energy and environmental performance at a full-day workshop facilitated by Sustainable Buildings Canada.

An energy model will be developed as well as a final report summarizing the options discussed and recommendations.


Apply today to get the most out of your next project

Mary Sye

Energy Solutions Advisor, Savings by Design, Commercial & Multi-Residential
mary.sye@enbridge.com
416-753-6258

*This has no cash value. To qualify for the program, your project must be located in the Enbridge Gas Inc. service area. City of Toronto projects will be required to achieve higher energy performance targets. If a participant doesn’t complete construction of a new commercial property in the Enbridge Gas service area that exceeds 20 percent of the OBC’s energy performance requirement within five years of completing the integrated design process workshop, they’re not eligible for performance incentives. In order to receive incentive payments, you must agree to all program terms and conditions, fully participate in all stages of the program and meet all program requirements. HST is not applicable and will not be added to incentive payments.