17 Aug '11, 8pm

With health care costs on the rise, greening the buildings and industry could save billions of dollars.

With health care costs on the rise, greening the buildings and industry could save billions of dollars.

Flexibility isn't Always a Good Thing Adaptability is a positive with some building types like offices or apartment buildings, but best intentions in healthcare make for larger‐than‐necessary patient rooms and treatment spaces adding tens of millions of dollars to construction. For every square foot not built is savings for construction and energy costs. All of the extra square footage has to be maintained, heated, cooled and ventilated which demands both resources and money. Hospitals cost on average $300 to $600 per square foot to build. Right sizing healthcare will reduce development costs by as much as 15 percent. We enacted right sizing for the patient rooms in the Monroeville project to maximize effectiveness of spaces and comfort for staff, visitors and patients. To push the design to actually work the best it could, a full‐scale mock‐up of a patient room was built ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/green-healthcare-...

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