With more than 12 million sq. ft. of facility space including 13 regional hospitals and nearly 20 healthcare clinics, Cleveland Clinic is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most respected healthcare providers. Maintaining a sterile environment in 215+ operating rooms 24/7 was expensive; and so the organization set out to reduce costs without compromising patient safety.
To ensure a sterile environment medical gas is cycled through operating rooms at 20 changes per hour – all day every day. Cleveland Clinic sought to lower energy consumption by reducing air changes to 6 changes per hour during extended downtimes. This would cut costs dramatically while at the same time allowing safety and sustainability goals to be met.
Bridging the needs of facilities with those of the staff hinged on the ability to easily and effectively monitor air quality conditions. Following a 6 month evaluation of every major environmental airflow monitoring and controls solution providers, AEB Technologies together with Critical Room Control (CRC) environmental air-flow monitors and controls were selected. From a trial installation through project implementation, AEB was there every step of the way to help design, test, and validate the new system.
While enterprise-wide implementation remains underway, its safe to say that the initiative is already delivering measurable results.
“We’re extremely pleased with the results and AEB was great to work with,” explained George Thomas, Enterprise Building Automation Manager at Cleveland Clinic. “The CRC system integrates seamlessly with our multiple controllers including Siemens, JCI and others while interfacing seamlessly with Tridium Niagara – our building management system.”