HVAC Breaking News

May 5, 2011: LEED for Healthcare Introduced by U.S. Green Building Council

May 5, 2011
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

PHOENIX - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced its latest green building rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Healthcare, at the CleanMed conference. USGBC said the rating system guides the design and construction of both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings, and can be applied to inpatient, outpatient, and licensed long-term care facilities, medical offices, assisted living facilities, and medical education and research centers.

“Research has shown that when we are treated and heal in a green healthcare facility - one that has a healthy indoor environmental quality and connects us to the outdoors - we heal faster, have shorter hospital stays and fewer return visits,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, USGBC. “LEED for Healthcare is now six years in the making, addressing the healthcare industry’s unique green building needs.”

USGBC noted that the LEED for Healthcare rating system represents a culmination of close collaboration with the Green Guide for Healthcare (GGHC), a project of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and Health Care Without Harm. The GGHC pilot launched in 2007, and feedback from the projects helped inform the creation of LEED for Healthcare.

“LEED for Healthcare represents a milestone for green building,” said Gail Vittori, co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and founding chair of the LEED for Healthcare Committee. “Building on the foundational work of the Green Guide for Healthcare, it provides an explicit recognition of health consequences associated with a spectrum of building-related decisions - from location, to water and energy sources and use patterns, and materials specification - and emphasizes integrative design as requisite for a successful design, construction and building performance outcomes.”

LEED for Healthcare was developed to meet the unique needs of a 24-hour operational facility, including process water use related to medical equipment, rural facility locations, patient populations, often with compromised immune systems, sensitive to chemicals and pollutants, patient and staff health, and other issues that are specific to this building type.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/leed/healthcare.

Publication date: 05/02/2011

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 ACI Home Performance Conference

The 2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show was held in Detroit.


NEWSMakers: Michael Willburn

Michael Willburn, president, Infloor Heating Systems, joins the program to discuss his company, radiant heating, industry trends, and whether contractors are becoming more interested in radiant heating. Posted on July 11.

More Podcasts


NEWS 07-21-14 cover

2014 July 21

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Some in the industry are calling for the EPA to halt production of R-22 as of 2015. What do you think?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con