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First Estimate of Healthcare’s Global Climate Footprint Established

Establishing the first-ever estimate of healthcare’s global climate footprint, the new report, “Health care climate footprint,” finds healthcare’s footprint is equivalent to 4.4% of global net emissions (2 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent). Read More …

Joint Venture MOB in Illinois Earns LEED Gold

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Rush Oak Brook LEED Gold certification. Rush Oak Brook, located in Oak Brook, Illinois, is a joint venture between Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, a private practice physician group whose members Read More …

Emory University Hospital Tower Earns LEED Award for Healthy, Green Building Design

The Emory University Hospital Tower in Atlanta, Georgia, has been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first Emory Healthcare building to be LEED certified at Emory. Read More …

LATICRETE Wins 2019 Coverings Installation & Design Award

LATICRETE has been recognized as a winner of the 2019 Coverings Installation & Design Awards in the Special Recognition-Institutional category for its craftsmanship and technical know-how involved with completing the new main building of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Northern California. Read More …

Dewberry’s Dan Koenigshofer and John Roberts Receive Award for ASHRAE’s Best Article of 2018

Dan Koenigshofer, P.E., MSPH, HFDP, SASHE, and John Roberts, P.E., MSPH, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C, have been recognized with the 2018 Journal Paper of the Year by the ASHRAE Journal. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers seeks to advance the arts and sciences of heating, Read More …

USGBC Launches LEED Zero to Address Net Zero Carbon Operations, Resources in Green Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council has launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings.

“Net zero is a powerful target that will move the entire industry forward,” said Melissa Baker, senior vice president of technical core at USGBC. “For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired Read More …

Water Wise: What U.S. hospitals can learn from Cape Town’s water crisis

The world was shocked to learn that Cape Town, South Africa’s second largest city, was forced to reconcile with the fact that its water supply wasn’t a lifetime guarantee. In January 2018, the mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, announced that “Day Zero” would occur in April of that year. Read More …

Mechanics of LEED: Combining holistic design desires + MEP design requirements

Good hospital design and the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design performance rating system didn’t always go hand-in-hand. Today, they finally do. When there’s a holistic design approach that marries the hospital’s architectural desires with MEP design requirements, LEED certification is possible. Read More …

If a building is designed to LEED energy principles, but isn’t operated that way, is it still sustainable?

Schrödinger’s cat is a famous thought experiment that asks scientists to imagine a cat in a box. Also in the box is a bottle of poison rigged to shatter when a radioactive element reaches a certain level of decay. Without opening the box, it’s impossible to know whether the cat is alive or dead. In quantum mechanics, this is used to conceive of a scenario where the cat is somehow both alive AND dead.

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