Green Design & Construction
Healthcare organizations are focused not only on providing direct patient care, but are also intent on creating high-performance, healing environments. From the prevention of healthcare–associated infections to improving patient satisfaction to enhancing staff productivity and reducing injuries, the built environment has a critical role to play in supporting total health. Increasingly, the scientific literature is also drawing correlations between environmental attributes such as daylighting, access to outdoor space and indoor air quality to clinical metrics such as reduced medication errors, shorter length of stay and reducing patient and family stress.
There are a number of different approaches to creating truly healing environments. One perspective is evidence-based design, where scientific data about health outcomes underpins and informs design choices. Evidence-based design overlaps with but is not the same as incorporating environmentally preferable design elements through a third party certification-based system, such as the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Guide for Healthcare (GGHC) or the Green Globes program. The sweet spot for healthcare organizations is to consider how different design choices will impact the health of the patients and families they serve, the employees who make that care possible and the communities in which they live and work.
In Practice Greenhealth’s interpretation, “green design and construction” describes the methodology of applying environmentally sustainable and health-focused design principles to the layout and function of the healthcare environment. This section of the website will familiarize users with the basic building blocks for designing, constructing or renovating a healthy healthcare building, and highlight different resources available to support that goal.
Learn more about sustainable healthcare design:
- Evolving the Healthcare Design Frontier: Regenerative Buildings
- Focus Areas of Green Building
- Green Certification Systems for Healthcare Buildings
- Case Studies of Healthy Hospital Building Projects