12 Apr '11, 11pm

USGBC Launches New LEED Standard for Healthcare | Buildings | GreenBiz.com

The movement to make medical centers, hospitals and other healthcare facilities greener has taken a step forward with the U.S. Green Building Council formally launching its LEED standard for healthcare . The USGBC detailed its latest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard at the annual CleanMed conference , which was held this year in Phoenix, Ariz. "Research has shown that when we are treated and heal in a green healthcare facility -- one that has a healthy indoor environmental quality and connects us to the outdoors -- we heal faster, have shorter hospital stays and fewer return visits," said USGBC Senior Vice President for LEED Scot Horst in a statement Friday. "LEED for Healthcare is now six years in the making, addressing the healthcare industry's unique green building needs." After two years of initial development, the USGBC introduced LEED-HC as a pi...

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