Mission Preparedness: Energy Resilience

October 03, 2017

Here in Houston, where EYP's Healthcare Sector is headquartered, Hurricane Harvey has disrupted the lives of many of our families, friends, and neighbors, while Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in Florida, and Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico. During and after these natural disasters, keeping hospitals and healthcare facilities fully functional is especially critical to public health and safety.

Resilience in the face of disasters is a design goal that EYP architects and engineers have advanced for many years. In addition to lessons learned firsthand – working with Houston Methodist Hospital in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Allison and preparedness planning that helped Jersey Shore University Medical Center maintain operations during Superstorm Sandy – we also conduct original research. Just this summer, we completed an in-depth study, "Natural Disasters, Hospitals and Emergency Generators: A natural progression to complete energy resiliency."

For this study, our in-house team scrutinized the energy component of life safety, investigating and analyzing alternative energy sources and technologies that are more resilient than the generators in use in many facilities. As a result, we’ve developed a practical resiliency roadmap – including the financial implications and respective payback periods of various alternatives – to help hospitals with the migration to alternative systems.

In the wake of these devastating events, we are making our latest research on energy resilience available to help hospitals and their communities respond to today’s challenges and prepare for tomorrow’s. We welcome your questions about our work and its applications.