The CleanMed 2013 conference (April 24 – April 26) provides an opportunity for leaders and key decision makers to discuss environmental sustainability in the healthcare sector with the overall goal of accelerating the sector’s commitment to ‘green’ values and regenerative health – improving the health of both people and planet.
The conference couldn’t be more prescient. Healthcare buildings use a tremendous amount of resources; the average hospital uses the amount of energy required to power 3,500 homes and the water resources that could keep the faucets running in 350 houses. At Perkins+Will, we are actively trying to change this: In honor of CleanMed 2013, we present a small sampling – from small to large, rural to urban, interior to facade – of the many LEED-certified healthcare buildings and interiors we’ve completed. As the conference transpires this week, we hope these projects contribute to the discussion about creating a more sustainable future for both the healthcare sector and the planet.
The figures speak for themselves: These ten LEED-certified healthcare projects are designed to reduce their annual carbon emission footprint by 13,000 tons and water consumption by 14 million gallons when compared to comparable code compliant healthcare buildings in the United States. Over the first 10 years of operation, these modeled savings equal the carbon sequestered annually by 133 Central Parks (or taking 2,850 cars off the road each year) and water from 215 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The next step we have initiated is working with building owners to measure the actual performance of these projects to truly understand their operational environmental impacts.
While some may think achieving LEED certification is cost prohibitive, we recently collaborated on a soon-to-be-released research study LEED-certified Hospitals: Perspectives on Capital Cost Premiums and Operational Benefits (see us speak here). The study includes 15 recently completed LEED-certified hospitals and revealed an average capital cost premium of .7% for those over 100,000sf and 1.2% overall.
Designed by our Washington, D.C. office, this facility provides medical care at no charge to low-income, uninsured persons through the use of volunteers and other health providers. Opened in 2009, it provides 8,500sf space. Learn more+
Rio Negro, Colombia
LEED NC Silver
Acute Care Hospital
A collaboration between our Boston and Chicago offices, the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is a groundbreaking acute care and rehabilitation facility that redefines the meaning of inclusive design.
Click here to learn more about the opening this week.
BONUS: We learned our other St. Mary’s Project – a Hospital and Renovation project is tracking LEED Gold, so please enjoy!
This post was authored by Breeze Glazer.