29 May '13, 10pm

Health Care, LEED and Healing the Planet:

Health Care, LEED and Healing the Planet:

Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council joined Kaiser Permanente in Hillsboro, Ore., to put a LEED Gold plaque on our Westside Medical Center. Kaiser Permanente has achieved LEED certification for other buildings in the past, but this was the first LEED Gold rating we’ve earned for a hospital, which, with around-the-clock operations, highly specialized medical equipment and strict regulatory oversight, is more complicated to build and operate than another type of structure. It won’t be the last. Accepting that hefty LEED plaque was a celebratory moment for Kaiser Permanente and our business partners who helped design and construct this sustainable hospital. When it opens in August, Westside will receive 70 percent of its power from clean energy. It will use 6.5 million fewer gallons of water each year than conventional hospitals. The parking structure is energy net zero...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healin...

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