To green or not to green, that is the question. Considering the state of healthcare in the country today, is it appropriate to expend monies on creating sustainable healing environments? Is it prudent to utilize resources on these projects to make them green? Conversely, would building healthcare institutions without the tenets of green building be a disservice to those who will be treated in such a building and to those who are treating them? There exists no building type better suited to sustainable design and construction than that of healthcare. These facilities are operated 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and house folks who often have compromised immune systems.The staff often operates in these facilities for extended periods of time well beyond the 8 hours days that "normal" office building employees work. Further, like no other building type, hospitals are cleaned and maintained during normal business hours. This fact alone adds significantly to the environmental burden of the inhabitants of these buildings.
Designing, constructing and operating hospitals in a sustainable manner provides better patient outcomes, lower usage of pain medications and reduced length of stay for patients. For staff, it increases productivity, staff retention and helps with recruiting efforts. As an added bonus, energy usage is generally reduced while maintaining ventilation rates at or in excess of code. Considering hospitals are second only to food service in their use of energy, significant monetary saving are possible. Maybe the question should be not whether Hospitals should be green, the better question is should they be green, silver, gold or platinum?
This session has been approved by AIA for 1.0 CE Credits
- Understand the implementation of LEED for Healthcare.
- Understand the differences between LEED for New Construction prerequisites and credits and LEED for Healthcare prerequisites and credits.
- Learn how design paradigms will need to change to embrace the concepts inherent in the next version of LEED for Healthcare due out in 2013.
- Obtain tools and ideas for implementing the concepts to create more sustainable healthcare spaces.
Neil Rosen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CHFM, EDAC, North Shore LIJ Health System
Neil Rosen is a New York State Registered Architect, LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager and Evidence-Based Design Accredited Professional with over 29 years experience in the design, construction and operations of healthcare facilities in the New York City area. He holds a Master of Science degree in Energy Management.Neil is the Chairman of the Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group for USGBC National as well as a Board Member of the USGBC-Long Island Chapter. He is a Founding Board Member of the Long Island Geothermal Exchange Organization.
In his current position as Director of Sustainable Development at the North Shore LIJ Health System, he is responsible for initiating and coordinating the Health System’s Sustainability Initiatives. He leads the effort to facilitate the certification of all system’s projects under the USGBC’s LEED rating systems. Currently, he is managing more than 50 projects at various stages within the certification process.
He has served as Project Team Administrator for the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore-3rd Floor, the Third Inpatient Hospital on the Planet to be awarded LEED Platinum.
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