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NYSERDA aids energy efficiency at two Kaleida Health facilities

Kaleida Health, with a boost from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, is expected to save $245,000 per year in operating costs at two of its newest health-care facilities on the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

NYSERDA awarded $532,000 and provided technical advice for energy efficient features built into Kaleida's Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan skilled nursing facility.

In addition to reducing operating costs, the authority said, both projects were designed to use less energy, provide healthy inside air and minimize the effect on the environment.

Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan are expected to use 1.6 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity and 8,622 million fewer Btu of natural gas than if they had been constructed traditionally. The savings are equivalent to the level of electricity consumed by 230 homes and the heat used by 120 homes annually, NYSERDA reported.

The energy-efficient measures affect heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting. The institute is projected to be almost 14 percent more efficient than required by state energy code and the skilled nursing facility to be 21 percent more efficient.

Money for the project came through the authority's New Construction Program.

---Stephen T. Watson

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