PHOENIX, AZ — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has introduced its latest green building rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Health Care, at the CleanMed conference, according to a press release.
The rating system guides the design and construction of both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings, and can be applied to inpatient, outpatient and licensed long-term care facilities, medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education and research centers, the release stated.
"Research has shown that when we are treated and heal in a green health care facility — one that has a healthy indoor environmental quality and connects us to the outdoors — we heal faster, have shorter hospital stays and fewer return visits," said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED for the USGBC.
"LEED for Health Care is now six years in the making, addressing the health care industry''s unique green building needs," Horst added.
According to the release, LEED for Health Care was developed to meet the unique needs of a 24-hour operational facility, including process water use related to medical equipment, rural facility locations, patient populations, often with compromised immune systems, sensitive to chemicals and pollutants, patient and staff health and many other issues that are unique to this building type.
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