Guide For Green Healthcare Published
Health care workers know that the workplace procedures and regulations are unique among commercial workspaces: intense might be a fair characterization. An adaptation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System® (LEED®) has therefore been created to accommodate the health care industry's special needs. The latest Green Guide for Health Care is a best practices guide for healthy and sustainable building design, construction, and operations for the health care industry. This publication, Version 2.2, marks the end of the pilot program. Like all voluntary standards, they had supporters (as pictured). Excerpted from the GGHC press release:- "Today, the Green Guide for Health Care, the first and only sustainable design toolkit tailored to the health care industry, launched a new updated version that includes more tips and tools for adding healing design features, energy and water efficiency strategies, and safer materials to the health care setting. To date, more than 10,500 people have downloaded the Green Guide and 115 projects have registered in the Green Guide Pilot Program. The Pilot projects represent more than 30 million square feet of construction by 100 health organizations in 31 states, four Canadian provinces, and China, Guatemala, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Poland. These facilities are integrating the Green Guide’s enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into their planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance. The Green Guide is a voluntary, self-certifying best practices toolkit based on an organizational structure borrowed by agreement from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System® (LEED®).