The healthcare industry is undergoing a boom in the renovation and construction of healthcare facilities. This construction activity places owners, designers, and contractors in the perfect situation to “do no harm,” by offering opportunities to construct and operate green, high-performance buildings. Due to the complexity of healthcare facilities, even moderate steps towards reducing their ecological footprint of energy use and environmental impact is desirable. The research objectives of this paper are in part, to raise awareness of the necessity of improving the ecological footprint of healthcare facilities, and to acquaint readers with practical ways in which these facilities can improve their environmental impact. In support of these objectives, the authors will present six ways in which to incorporate green principles and design into the construction and operations of healthcare facilities.
|Keywords:||Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Design, Sustainable Design, Ecological Footprint, High-Performance Buildings, PVC, Volatile Organic Compounds, VOC, Dioxin, Electronics Disposal, Preferred Purchasing Program|
Associate Professor, Art and Art History Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, USA
Architect, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, USA
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