Fla. health care campus earns LEED gold
Lakeland Regional Health’s recently opened Grasslands campus has earned LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which recognizes buildings that are designed and built and operated “for improved environmental and human health performance.“
Construction of the Grasslands campus in Florida started in early 2015 and was completed in June 2016. It houses physician offices and a physical rehabilitation program, reports The Ledger.
“The design of the building was created with the concepts of ‘body, mind and soul’ as part of the patient healing experience,” according to a news release from Lakeland Regional Health.
Examples of what earned the certification for Grasslands Campus include:
- Reduction of total building energy use of 39 percent over the calculated baseline building.
- 76 percent of construction waste was recycled and kept out of the landfill.
- 28 percent of building materials were manufactured using recycled materials.
- 33 percent of the building materials were extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the building site.
- All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring and composite wood meet the LEED standard for low-emitting materials.
- Preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and preferred parking spaces for carpool and vanpool vehicles to encourage ride-sharing among team members.
- Reduction of potable water use at flush and flow fixtures by 34 percent and reduction of potable water use for irrigation by 68 percent.
“The Grasslands Campus serves as a prime example of how the work of innovative building projects can use local solutions to make a global impact on the environment,” Mahesh Ramanujam, U.S. Green Building Council president and CEO, said in a news release.
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