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640 VA Palo Alto Healthcare System - Palo Alto
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
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The VA Palo Alto Healthcare System pursues an aggressive energy management program.

The System that earned the ENERGY STAR comprises three main campuses with 81 buildings, representing 2.5 million square feet. Projects in the past year included (1) installing Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) to reduce electrical usage by slowing down ventilation motors during low demand; (2) installing HVAC timers to shut down parts of the building when not in use; and (3) relamping three buildings with energy-efficient lighting.

As part of regular O&M, the supply air temperature was raised in several buildings to reduce electrical and steam load. Other energy saving initiatives included correcting power factors to reduce or eliminate power factor charges by the utility company, and carrying out a steam trap survey and making necessary corrections to reduce wasted steam.

These recent energy saving projects along with improvements made over the years resulted in Palo Alto being selected to fast track an ESPC Energy pilot for VA Network 21 (which includes VA facilities in San Francisco, Fresno, Northern California, Reno, and Hawaii), along with Networks 4 & 22. Once completed, the program will be exported to the other VA Networks across the nation.





Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Department of Veterans Affairs or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.

Building Owner:*
Department of Veterans Affairs

Property Manager:*
Department of Veterans Affairs

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2002 (79)

Facility Type: Hospital (General Medical & Surgical)

Total Floorspace: 2698500 sf

Year Constructed: 1960

Contract Type: Performance Contract
Financing Type: Internal Capital

Technologies Used:
   Stage 1-Recommissioning
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 3-Load Reductions
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies