With the U.S. government urging companies to be more green and energy efficient, Health Care REIT’s Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center accomplished this goal by receiving LEED® Silver certification for its environmental concessions.
LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The USGBC says that by using less energy, LEED®-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Certification levels for new buildings are gained by the construction amassing points in a variety of categories, including energy and water efficiency and reduction.
The newly finished cancer center, which utilized construction materials containing recycled content, got Silver-level certification for its projected efficiencies that include significant water saving and reduction as well as more efficient energy use, among other features.
“Health Care REIT’s LEED® certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of USGBC. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before. Health Care REIT serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”
Tallahasee Memorial HealthCare says they focus on providing a healing and supportive environment for cancer patients and their families, and the green nature of this latest construction is in line with the company’s priorities.
“Our commitment to energy and sustainable development is part of Health Care REIT’s strategy to own the highest quality buildings while meeting the needs of our business and the environment,” said George L. Chapman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Health Care REIT. “Our energy management program provides value to our tenants, health systems, operators and our shareholders. It is an integral part of our business strategy and we expect to continue to make sustainable investments.”
Health Care REIT says it is also seeking LEED® certification for some of its other buildings and construction projects.
View Health Care REIT’s press release about the certification here.
Written by Alyssa Gerace