Green Building

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  • Topic: Green building, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Building engineering
  • Pages : 13 (4008 words )
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  • Published : April 23, 2013
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Introduction……………………………………………….1
I. Improving Energy Efficiency…………………………1
II. Environmental Benefits of Building Green………..9
III. Social Benefits………………………………………..12
IV. LEED Certification…………………………………...12
Conclusion……………………………………………….15
Work Cited……………………………………………….16 Figure 1…………………………………………………... 3 Figure 2…………………………………………………....5 Figure 3…………………………………………………....5 Figure 4…………………………………………………....6 Figure 5…………………………………………………....7 Figure 6…………………………………………………....9 Figure 7…………………………………………………....9 Figure 8…………………………………………………....10 Figure 9…………………………………………………....12 Figure 10…………………………………………………..13 Table I – Energy Costs...…………………………….......2 Table II – Top 10 Energy Saving Design Strategies...8

Executive Summary
The environment has been a substantial topic of discussion lately. This is due to the lack of energy efficient products in our cars, homes, buildings, and construction. Healthcare facilities are one of the largest energy consumers in the country. There is so much need to keep up with life safety and health standards that the healthcare industry doesn’t look at the big picture of the effects of energy conservation and the risks it could cause in the future. The purpose of this report is to inform healthcare officials and any individual that could be effected by not building green, the benefits of energy efficiency, environmental and social benefits, and last but not least Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, or LEED certification. Energy efficiency plays the most important roll in building green. In order to save the environment in the future we must save energy. There are several different ways to do this. Using solar power energy would reduce the use of electricity by burning less coal, designing roofs to grow plans to reduce heat loss in the winter months and keep cool in the summer months and at the same time creating an eco-friendly habitat for nature, controlling the use of water efficiency, lighting efficiency by using natural light instead of artificial, using specific materials during building and everyday uses to be efficient, and using proper heating and cooling techniques. Environmental benefits help to increase to life expectancy of our environment by reducing our emissions output and control our waste management. Involving more people into green building consists of social efficiency. Social efficiency creates a healthier lifestyle and improved health by adding a bike rack to the entrance of a building to encourage the idea of riding bikes to and from the building. Finally LEED certification regulates the way we build green to make sure it is regulated correctly. There are many incentives through LEED certification to build green. Green building in healthcare facilities is rapidly growing in both popularity and importance. There are many businesses that are taking advantage of this change, while at the same time encouraging more change.

Introduction
Green building in healthcare facilities is a significant start to making the environment healthy. Green building refers to using a process that is eco friendly throughout a building's life cycle. This begins from sitting to design, then construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and eventually demolition. Green buildings are designed to reduce the impact on the environment and human health by using resources efficiently, reducing waste and pollution, and improving employee productivity. The main economic issue with hospitals is that they are not very environmentally friendly. With new technology there are many different ways to make a hospital environmentally friendly. It has been estimated that 30 percent of the health sectors energy use could be reduced by switching to renewable and more energy efficient sources at no cost to quality of care. (EPA) The Energy Star program has free energy audits for health care facilities as well as energy evaluation tools and...
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