New U-M hospitals recognized for energy, environmental design and “green” building process

C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals get Silver LEED certification from U.S. Green Building Council

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The certification is verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

The hospitals incorporate many architecturally innovative and environmentally responsible features. The facility was built using strategies aimed at improving performance in many areas:

• energy savings
• water efficiency
• CO2 emissions reduction
• improved indoor environmental quality
• stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts

“We are delighted that we not only received LEED certification, but were given the Silver level recognition,” says Loree Collett, R.N., associate hospital administrator and operational manager for the hospital construction project.

“We started with this philosophy from the very beginning, working the LEED guidelines into every aspect of the design and construction.”

There are four levels of LEED Certification – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Environmentally-friendly features include:

  • Green Roof
  • No-wax floors
  • Other “Green” Features
  • 84.6% of wood materials in the new hospital are certified in accordance with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) principles for wood building components;
  • Construction equipment operated on biodiesel fuel;
  • Interior materials such as carpet, paint, adhesives and composite woods were chosen for low-emittance characteristics to ensure high indoor air quality;
  • HEPA filters throughout the hospital enhance air quality for immuno-compromised and other high-risk patients.
  • Recycled Materials
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