Medical Construction & Design

JUL-AUG 2015

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CRADLE TO CRADLE Material Health Certifi cate Registry Launches The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched the Material Health Certifi cate Registry, a new online tool for identifying and communicating the work of manufacturers toward chemically optimized products. Two pilot companies, Owens Corning and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, are the fi rst to obtain certifi cates. The Material Health Certifi cate Registry provides a free database to fi nd and specify products that have been assessed against the v3.1 Material Health Certifi cation Standard, which is governed by the institute's certifi cation standards board. Products that have achieved full Cradle to Cradle certifi cation across all fi ve at- tributes in the standard can still be found in the growing Cradle to Cradle Certifi ed Product Registry. For more details, visit C2CCertifi ed.org/products/MHCregistry. Green news & practices The RTKL-designed San Antonio Military Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, has been selected as one of the 2015 "Top Ten Green Projects" by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment. An awards program for sustainable design, Top Ten honors projects that demonstrate the integration of design excellence and environmental performance. The facility was built by Clark/Hunt, a joint venture of Clark Construction Group and Hunt Construction Group. SAMMC is a medical facility for inpatient and ambulatory care consisting of many centers of excellence, including the U.S. Department of Defense's only Level 1 Trauma Center, its only American Burn Association-verifi ed burn unit and the Army Institute of Surgical Research. At nearly two-thirds the size of the previous facility, the 750,000-square- foot building addition creates a positive environment for healing while responding to solar orientation and environmental factors. Sustainable features include a terra cotta mesh fa├žade, trellis roof canopies and native vegetation, resulting in 100 percent stormwater management onsite. Practice Greenhealth Honors Environmental Excellence Winners Practice Greenhealth recently named its 2015 Environmental Excellence award winners. The awards are given each year to honor healthcare institutions for outstanding achieve- ments in healthcare sustainability. Jeffrey Thompson, M.D., CEO of Gunderson Health System, was rec- ognized as the winner of the fi rst-ever Visionary Leader Award for achieving energy independence and becom- ing the fi rst net-zero energy health system in the United States. A full list of winners is available on the web- site at PracticeGreenhealth.org. DOE Launches Better Buildings Alliance Indoor Lighting Campaign for Commercial Buildings The Department of Energy recently launched a new indoor lighting campaign to increase the use of high-effi ciency lighting technologies in commercial buildings, including healthcare facilities. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, the DOE is working with key stakeholders and end-users to install and demonstrate advanced technologies. The Better Build- ing Alliance's Interior Lighting Campaign will support building owners as they commit to upgrade fl uorescent lights. The goal for the fi rst year is for partners to install 100,000 high-effi ciency troffers and share their success and learning with others. Upgrading 100,000 fi xtures can reduce energy use by 5 million kWh, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 3,000 met- ric tons of carbon and save $500,000 in electricity bills annually. Visit energy.gov. MATERIALS San Antonio Military Medical Center Named Among 'Top Ten Green Projects' Photo: Charles David Smith By the numbers: 20% Interior lighting accounts for 20 percent of U.S. commercial buildings' energy use. 25% More energy-effi cient troffer lighting offers savings of 25 percent (57 kilowatt-hours) or $6 over a typical T8 troffer. 56 Medical Construction & Design | J U LY/AUGUST 2015 | MCDM AG.COM

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