By Business First of Buffalo

National Grid and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have formed a partnership to create an energy efficiency model for the campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The partnership, called ⿿energize BNMC,⿝ was announced Oct. 26 with the first initiative ⿿ the National Grid Model Energy Home, a Medical Campus-owned structure. The vacant property at 941 to 945 Washington Street on the campus will be retrofitted into a model energy home to showcase energy innovations, and be open to the public. It also will be available for a variety of educational opportunities. The house provides space for a variety of modern home energy installations and displays that are planned for the project, and will be accessible for those with disabilities.

Financial details were not disclosed.

The partnership will modernize and improve energy efficiency on and around the campus and use new technologies such as electric vehicles and renewable energy. As part of this effort, National Grid and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus plan to work with a range of partners from the private and public sectors. Currently, they are seeking technology partners to help integrate energy innovation into the medical and life science campus and the surrounding community.

Officials want to engage the 8,500 employees campus-wide (a number projected to increase to nearly 12,000 by the end of 2012) and the more than 7,000 residents in the surrounding neighborhoods to think about energy savings in a new way. Following years of background discussion and research, National Grid and the Medical Campus in April formally began discussing an innovative energy approach for the entire campus and its neighbors.

Besides the Model Energy Home, other initiatives include renovating and retrofitting the two-story, brick structure to demonstrate modern, state-of-the-art energy use, efficiency techniques and to showcase new energy innovations. The 6,000-square-foot house, built in 1915 as two separate homes and later joined and renovated for use as medical offices, will help illustrate the ability to use the latest technologies in a preservation setting.

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