03-30-2009 (Dayton, OH) -
The Children's Medical Center of Dayton was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for their green facility - Dayton Children's Outpatient Care Center in Springboro. LEED is the USGBC's leading rating system for designing and constructing the world's greenest, most energy efficient and high performing buildings.
"Dayton Children's is dedicated to doing our part to improve the environment for not only our patients, but also for our global community," says Edd McGatha, director of facilities at Dayton Children's.
"We care about our patients and families and we continually strive to provide the healthiest, safest environment possible."
Dayton Children's Outpatient Care Center - Springboro was designed to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. LEED was established for market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
"Building operations are nearly 40 percent of the solution to the global climate change challenge," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.
"While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Dayton Children's are addressing it through local solutions."
The LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- A "cool roof" - a light-colored roof to reduce the amount of energy needed for heating and coolingReduction of lawn and plant watering by 50 percent
- Heating and air conditioning systems use less energy
- Lights turn off when they're not needed
- Used new materials made with recycled content
- Introduced a recycling program
- Building is smoke-free
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED green building certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in early 2008. Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED.
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