JABSOM wins energy awards
Date: December 07, 2006
The University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine has won a top award from the Hawaiian Electric Co. for incorporating many energy-saving features into its year-old Kaka’ako facility. JABSOM won first prize in the New Institutional Construction category at HECO’s 2006 Energy Efficiency Awards luncheon yesterday.
Among the technological innovations cited in the award are:
• use of cold seawater in the air-conditioning system – the first of its kind in Hawaii;
• a flywheel system that provides up to 20 seconds of uninterrupted power in case of an electrical outage, bridging any gap while emergency generators are activated;
• “light shelves” on many windows that reduce the need for artificial lighting by reflecting sunlight into rooms; and,
• motion sensors and a high-efficiency cooling system designed to reduce electricity usage.
Other awards previously won by JABSOM include the 2006 Kukulu Hale Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the 2006 Judges Award for Excellence in Concrete from Hawaiian Concrete.