Demystifying the Costs and Benefits of Green Health Care Facilities

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Over the last decade, healthcare design has undergone a measurable shift as healthcare organizations have embraced LEED® certification and green building as standard practice. Also, sensitivity to costs has placed emphasis on cost control and reducing what may be perceived as “unnecessary” capital costs.

Given these market trends, many ask how much does it cost for a hospital to achieve LEED certification: how much added capital is required, if any, whether higher achieving projects correlate with higher capital investments, and uncertainty about the value proposition associated with certification. Despite an increasing number of completed projects, no consolidated survey of market data has focused on these issues since the 2008 study, Demystifying the Costs and Benefits of Green Health Care Facilities.

This presentation by one of the studies’ co-authors will share the results of a 2012 updated study based on interviews with project design teams representing 15 LEED-certified hospitals completed between 2010 and 2012. The study expands and updates the 2008 research to understand how capital cost premiums have evolved, reasons that influence hospitals’ decisions to pursue LEED, and what future trends and expectations are on the horizon for the industry.

Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow
Co-director of the Center for Maximum Performance Building Systems;
Founding Chair, LEED for Healthcare Core Committee;
Convener and Co-Coordinator, Green Guide for Health Care;
Co-Author, Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, 2nd edition, published by Wiley, July 2013;
Former Chair of USGBC and member of the first class of LEED Fellows

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 am

Gail will also be speaking on Sustainable Healthcare at our monthly evening program taking place on May 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Color Art Integrated Interiors, 1325 North Warson Rd. (63132)

$30 for USGBC-MGC Members; $45 for Non-members

Submitted for approval of 2 GBCI CE Hour and 2 AIA/CES LU

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