- Renewable Energy,
- HVAC Systems,
- Energy Storage,
- Building Automation Systems
SBHF’s CEO sought to retrofit their facility to be net zero carbon and capable of 24/7 operation in the event of a catastrophic grid failure.
A small critical health care facility, SBHF serves the economically disadvantaged and predominantly Spanish speaking community of Hollister, CA. Their CEO, who is originally from Puerto Rico, was inspired on a recent tour, by the resiliency she witnessed in the reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Maria. Her vision of a resilient facility was the genesis of the project.
While the overall project cost was $1.7M, it was partially funded by grants and subsidies that we helped them navigate.
- Rooftop Solar System
The energy generated by the solar system is stored onsite and sent back to the grid at the times when energy costs are the highest. This strategy garners credits with the utility that offsets energy bills in low production/winter months. During an emergency or utility outage, power export can be halted to allow the facility to provide critical care to the community.
- HVAC Upgrade
Heating and cooling typically represent the highest energy draw in a building. By implementing advanced control systems, the HVAC system can be optimized for energy and comfort.
- Value Engineering
Along with the implementation of the energy measures, a complete facility facelift was performed, including the installation of a training kitchen to teach affordable and nutritious meal prep to low-income families. Our holistic, value-engineered approach to design and construction allowed for both projects to be completed quickly while the facility remained open to serve.