Utah nursing home recognized for energy savings

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Salt Lake Tribune

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized a Utah nursing home for its efforts to save energy.

Sunrise Senior Living in Holladay, along with 31 other Sunrise nursing homes across the nation, used about 35 percent less energy and produced 35 percent fewer greenhouse-gas emissions when compared with similar buildings, the EPA announced.

George Wright, executive director of Sunrise Holladay, said the award surprised him; a corporate spokeswoman said the company had sought the recognition.

Wright said the 3-year-old concrete and steel building has triple-pane windows, high-efficiency lighting, computerized heating and air conditioning, cement shingles and high-performance insulation.

"It's very well-built," he said.

Sunrise care homes are among those performing in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency, the EPA said. Sunrise Senior Living owns 277 care homes in the nation, with 11 percent of them now Energy Star-certified.

Nursing homes, assisted-living communities and other types of continuing-care communities are now eligible to earn EPA's Energy Star recognition, as are other building types including schools and retail stores.

According to the EPA, there are more than 38,000 residential-care communities in the United States that in aggregate spend more than $1.5 billion on energy use.

If each community were to take energy-efficiency steps that resulted in just 10 percent savings, $150 million could be saved.

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