Solar panels on the roof are used to heat the swimming pool and hot water in the guest rooms, reducing electricity consumption.
hotel materials and resources
During its building, more than 85% of the hotel’s construction debris was recycled, and many of the materials used to build the hotel - from steel to concrete to glazing - contain a high percentage of recycled content.
Many of the materials used to build the hotel itself were sourced and manufactured within 500 miles of Healdsburg.
h2 was designed to have a gentle effect on the surrounding area. The "green roof" filters rainwater to reduce the impact on Healdsburg’s storm-drain system and neighboring Foss Creek; it also reduces the amount of heat the hotel gives off, to prevent disturbing the local microclimate.
Careful planning of internal systems means h2 uses nearly 28% less energy than standard hotels in California.
Smart sensors turn lights, fans and air conditioners off when guest rooms are empty (and can be controlled individually by the guest), greatly reducing energy use. We even have a recycling program in the guest rooms. Dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets and fixtures reduce water usage by 20%.
From construction to opening and beyond, we’ve given great attention to air quality. Interior materials were specially selected for their low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, which means a healthier environment. And we’ve designed it to stay that way with a system that refreshes the air at a rate 150% over the hotel standard.
Sure, our rooms feel comfy and luxe to our guests, but they’re designed to be gentle on the earth too. From sustainable bamboo flooring; fair-trade, chemical-free rugs from Peace Industry; Coyuchi organic sheets, towels and robes, down to details like glass water carafes in every room made from recycled wine bottles (to fill up at any Waterbar) and recyclable paper hangers, h2 is all about a healthy environment.
foss creek and open space
We’ve made the land healthier by rejuvenating the soil, employing an erosion-control plan to minimize runoff and leaving 60% of the site as open space to promote biodiversity.
We also work actively with local community groups to protect Foss Creek, which runs through the property, and restore the creek bed and riparian habitat.
irrigation and landscaping
h2 uses just a third of the water typically used in landscaping thanks to drought-tolerant native species and a high-efficiency irrigation system.
Sustainability starts with the materials used. More than half of the non-reclaimed wood in h2 - including all of the rough framing and structural sheathing; the redwood sunscreen and siding; the lobby ceiling; and all door and window frames - was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as being harvested through responsible forest management.
Even the custom furnishings and interior finishing far exceed the LEED standard for percentage of salvaged lumber used in construction.
food and beverage
Spoonbar sources from local farms, ranches and artisan producers to support his neighbors and give guests the freshest seasonal produce Sonoma County has to offer. Even the bar has an eye towards regional and seasonal. Our bar sources locally distilled liquors and organic fruits and herbs for the cocktail program. They even reduce packaging and spoilage through their extensive "keg program" with wines on tap.
public space conservation
Thoughtful windows feature dual panes, special glazing and shading devices to keep public spaces cool. Many of the materials are "cradle-to-cradle" certified, meeting strict environmental standards from initial production through future recyclability.
energy saving elevators
h2’s gearless traction EcoSpace elevator uses 60% less electricity than a standard hydraulic elevator. No oil is required, removing the risk of soil contamination and fire that threaten hydraulic systems. This EcoSpace elevator is also comprised of 95% recyclable materials.
All of the artwork throughout h2 was specially commissioned to extend the hip, utilitarian aesthetic and environmentally conscious philosophy of the hotel. Artist Ned Kahn’s Spoonfall water wall at h2’s entrance even uses rainwater captured from the green roof. Read more about the details in the Art section of our site.
h2 promotes pedal power by providing bicycles and storage for both guests and staff.