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Healthcare Sustainability in Technicolor

September 10, 2013

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“Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” This statement is recognizable to many as a Henry Ford quote describing the options around his Model T, introduced in 1909.  Its creative framing of a lack of choice was a relevant analog for sustainable design programs […]

Anti-LEED Lobby Backlash

August 1, 2013

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You know you’ve got someone’s attention when lobbies start to form in opposition to your mission. This is precisely what is happening in several states now as powerful industries figure out ways to suppress sustainability momentum established by USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. As reported in June by Architect, several primarily […]

Research to HC: Air it Out with Operable Windows

May 15, 2013

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For those who have not caught my post last week on new research about operable windows in hospitals and their role in infection control, the post was for Haskell’s (my company’s) blog, InMotion.

A Universal Sustainability Code

March 30, 2012

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The big news this week was that the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) was published in its final form. Why does this matter to healthcare? Because the IgCC’s structure is code-like compared to other green design initiatives, like Green Globes or LEED for Healthcare, it will likely get more a more favorable look by jurisdictions wanting to formally install and […]

GBI Hot on USGBC’s Healthcare Trail

July 25, 2011

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The Green Building Intiative (GBI) released its Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare. The GBI offering is an online tool that helps facility managers and owners track the environmental performance of their healtcare facility. For those not familiar with Green Globes, it is a competing sustainability rating and certification initiative similar to USGBC’s LEED systems.  Both began […]

‘LEED 2012’ Rating System Overhaul

March 14, 2011

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Environmental Building News provided an excellent preview of the proposed, post-LEED v3 (2009) Rating System revisions, which are posted on its website, BuildingGreen.com. Deemed “LEED 2012” for its expected release date, the revisions are comprehensive and global in that it is believed every Rating System will see changes, and some are very substantial.  The US […]

LEED for Healthcare Rating System Review

January 31, 2011

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Late last year the much-anticipated LEED for Healthcare Rating System was released by the USGBC. It had a longer-than-expected journey to adoption, and you can read some of that here. The short story is LEED 2009 for Healthcare New Construction and Major Renovations is a hybrid of what the USGBC thought was important for sustainable design and […]