Sustainability and wellness were a focus in the design, as well, with the building achieving LEED for Healthcare
Gold certification and designed to meet Austin Energy Green Building Commercial 2-Star certification requirements.
Hospitals looking to achieve LEED certification can get help from LEED for Healthcare
, which provides medical facilities with a roadmap to save energy and reduce waste.
The first LEED for Healthcare
(LEED-HC) certification was recently awarded to a hospital in Puyallup, WA.
Green Building Council's LEED for Healthcare
, available for new and renovated facilities.
Green Building Council's (USGBC) introduction of LEED for Healthcare
, QA Graphics encourages healthcare facilities to share their sustainable accomplishments with patients, staff and visitors.
"I anticipate that LEED for Healthcare
will be a catalyst for Rather market penetration in the health care sector, particularly as the human health and wellness, building performance and business-related benefits associated with green building are more broadly disseminated," says Gaff Vittori, co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, and founding chairwoman of the LEED for Healthcare
In the United States, our firm is one of many design companies helping to draft guidelines for the LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Healthcare
Construction pilot programs.
What she's been up to: Co-coordinator of the Green Guide for Health Care and the founding chair of the LEED for Healthcare
core committee through 2009; co-wrote Sustainable Healthcare Architecture in 2008 with colleague Robin Guenther, and the second edition in 2013; worked on Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas as the principal LEED/sustainability consultant for the base building and on its W.H.
At best, they've offered it up as an optional credit." That may be changing, though: Efforts to include acoustical credits in LEED for Schools and LEED for Healthcare
With submittal in progress for LEED for Healthcare
Gold certification, it seeks to reduce annual energy costs at least 28 percent below an ASHRAE 90.1-2007 standard.
So rather than mimicking its previous green strategies in the addition, Dell Children's instead opted for the more challenging task of pursuing LEED for Healthcare
(LEED-HC), says Alan Bell, director of design and construction for Seton Healthcare Family, Dell's not-for-profit healthcare organization.