Children’s of Alabama Spotlighted in Johnson Controls Energy-Saving Service

Children’s of Alabama

Johnson Controls is kicking off a new offering called OpenBlue Buildings as a Service, designed to help clients reduce energy consumption.

And the Wisconsin firm’s key example of success in the field is Children’s of Alabama.

“In 2008, the nonprofit hospital sought a way to maximize energy savings in its new 14-story patient tower in the heart of Birmingham,” Johnson Controls says in announcing its new service. “Emphasizing the need to be good stewards of financial donations, the hospital sought a partnership to find innovative solutions to drive maximum efficiency of operations, lower energy costs, reduce risk of failure, and provide guaranteed outcomes.

“The hospital looked to Johnson Controls to design, build, operate and maintain its new central utility plant through a 25-year contract where Johnson Controls operates and holds all the risk for building systems.

“By meeting or exceeding yearly performance guarantees, Johnson Controls has provided nearly $250,000 in annual savings. An early adopter of OpenBlue Enterprise Manager, the hospital’s main campus has been able to reduce the use of natural gas by 69% because Johnson Controls implemented an OpenBlue Central Utility Plant program in 2018. When complete, Children’s of Alabama expects this portion of the project to save $450,000 a year.”

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Says Nate Manning, president of building solutions North America at Johnson Controls, “Sustainability is our business. Nearly half of Johnson Controls revenue, more than $11 billion in fiscal year 2019, comes from products and services that cut energy use and improve sustainability for our customers.”

The firm also reports on success at two Canadian hospitals — McGill University Health Center in Quebec and Humber Hospital in Toronto — and at the University of North Dakota.

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