The West Los Angeles Medical Center of Kaiser Permanente has been granted ENERGY STAR certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The certification denotes that the energy performance of the facility is rated among the top 25% facilities located all over the country. The West Los Angeles Medical Center is a 17-acre campus located at 6041 Cadillac Ave. The hospital, which provides full services, includes an outpatient medical section, and emergency services, 13 operating rooms, 305 licensed hospital beds and a five-storeyed in-patient hospital tower that was inaugurated on 2007 July.
The energy saving efforts of the building include increased use of fuel-cell technology and solar power, ample availability of natural light in the building, low-level water consuming landscape, and low VOC emitting paints, carpets and flooring.
Some of the energy conserving measures implemented in the building includes replacing of over 3,600 lighting positions all over the campuses, office buildings and parking facilities with low energy utilizing fluorescent bulbs, installation of sun light deflection features over southwest and northeast wind locations to cut down the penetration of heat energy and reduce the level of air conditioner use, and installation of industry specified set-points for cooling and heating systems.
The building utilized all ENERGY STAR certified equipment and materials and took advantage of the incentives available from the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power rebate programs to add more energy saving devices within the building.
The name of West Los Angeles Medical Center of Kaiser Permanente will be included in the online registry of buildings maintained by EPA and will receive an ENERGY STAR plaque for the feat achieved.