Greening Healthcare Facilities

By Lisa M. Graham and Curtis Fain.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

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

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.323KB).

Lisa M. Graham

Associate Professor, Art and Art History Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, USA

Lisa M. Graham, MFA, LEED AP, is an Associate Professor of Visual Communication at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has practiced visual communication for over 20 years, working for a variety of regional, national, and international clients. Author of three books and numerous papers and articles, her research interests include the design and programming of healthcare facilities, gestalt theory, experience design, sustainable design, interactive design, universal design, motion typography, and design ethics.

Curtis Fain

Architect, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, USA

Curt W. Fain, MA, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ASHE, LEED AP, is a registered architect whose research interests include the design and programming of healthcare facilities, sustainable design, and experience design. He has been responsible for the design implementation of two replacement hospitals and other medical and institutional facilities.


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