More and more, hospitals are requesting green products that comply with their overall building initiatives. Whether it's off the shelf products or a new build, interest in LEED certification for Healthcare has grown and will continue to grow in the coming years.
By striving for simpler, more elegant design solutions, we excel in developing products that—compared to others in the same class—consume less of the Earth's limited resources thereby equipping hospitals to be part of a clean, green, sustainable future. Virtually all Enovate products can help your project achieve LEED certification – this also includes the invaluable Innovation in Design credit.
What is LEED? LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
A total of nearly 50 credits within 3 separate ratings systems can be contributed to Enovate products.
LEED for Healthcare
The LEED for Healthcare Green Building Rating System was developed to meet the unique needs of the health care market, including inpatient care facilities, licensed outpatient care facilities, and licensed long term care facilities. LEED for Healthcare may also be used for medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education & research centers. LEED for Healthcare addresses issues such as increased sensitivity to chemicals and pollutants, traveling distances from parking facilities, and access to natural spaces.
The LEED for Healthcare rating system represents a culmination of four years of close collaboration between the Green Guide for Healthcare (GGHC) and USGBC. GGHC has helped to streamline the LEED for Healthcare's development schedule by aligning with the LEED for New Construction rating system's organizational structure and by conducting public comment periods and a robust pilot program* that included more than 100 health care facilities.
Through LEED certification hospitals are building their facilities with the environment in mind. Not just because it's the right thing to do, but because they can save money in the process. Being green has both environmental and financial benefits. LEED-certified buildings:
- + Lower operating costs and increased asset value.
- + Reduce waste sent to landfills.
- + Conserve energy and water.
- + Healthier and safer for occupants.
- + Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- + Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.