“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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]