The project is following seven steps to qualify for the rebates.
The Puget Sound area is known for environmental innovations. Our local electric utilities, for instance, offer substantial rebates for using construction practices that conserve electricity, since this reduces the need for new energy generation facilities in the future. But figuring out ways to tap into the rebates can take ingenuity. Swedish Hospital’s recent experience illustrates several brilliant strategies for maxing out the process.
When designing its new facility in Issaquah, Swedish Medical Center and developer Hammes set very ambitious goals. They specified that the new hospital’s overall “energy use intensity” would be less than 150 — a dramatic drop from the Northwest average of 263.
Fortunately, its engineering consultant had previous experience with rebates, having saved previous hospital clients $3.1 million in the past several years. It recommended a seven-step process, which Swedish followed.
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