Nemours Children’s Hospital has been awarded LEED Gold Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. According to the GBCI, Nemours Children’s Hospital is one of only three children’s hospitals in the country that have achieved Gold certification. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The 630,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility opened its doors to patients Oct. 22 in the Lake Nona Medical City in Florida. During the construction phase of the project, the design team implemented an aggressive green strategy that is also being carried out in the day-to-day operations of the hospital. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, associates and the community.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on nonsustainable and expensive sources of energy, and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as Nemours Children’s Hospital is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”