Green from the Ground Up
In keeping with the values of our community, our new facilities will be built according to the best environmental practices. We are doing all we can to earn the LEED healthcare designation, notoriously challenging for a hospital to achieve. To this end, we are taking following important measures:
- Storm Water Design: In addition to increasing pollution, storm water runoff can be disruptive to the natural water flow of water through the environment, as well as increase pollution. To limit this negative impact, we will capture and treat storm water runoff.
- Energy Performance: In order to reduce environmental and economic impacts of excessive energy use in the new hospital, we will increase our level of energy performance beyond the standard. We will also install photovoltaic panels on one of the new parking structures.
- Green Materials: We are insisting upon healthy, safe and environmentally friendly materials, such as low-emitting materials, adhesives, sealants, paints and flooring.
- Water-Efficient Landscaping: Although we are incorporating ample green space on the grounds and rooftops, we intend to save a significant amount of water each year by limiting or even eliminating the use of potable water for landscape irrigation. We are also going to strategically reduce water use during construction to the most critical uses, such as dust control.
About LEED Certification
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is based on a numerical rating system and provides independent, third party verification that a structure was designed and built using green and sustainable strategies. LEED assesses the following aspects of a finished structure:
- Sustainable sites
- Water efficiency
- Energy and atmosphere
- Materials and resources
- Indoor air quality
- Innovation in design
- Regional priority
The MGH hospital replacement is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as a new construction project. We are working with Green Building Services, a team of consultants specializing in the LEED healthcare requirements. All key members of the hospital team are currently LEED certified. In addition, the architects are working from the healthcare-specific best practices outlined in the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC). The planning outlined above will result in a sustainable, highly rated LEED-certified design.