U.S. Green Building Council Awards LEED Certification to Four Cleveland Clinic Facilities

The Cleveland Clinic announced last week that four of its facilities have earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This brings its total to 10 LEED buildings, with two more on the way.

The Cleveland Clinic announced last week that four of its facilities have earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This brings its total to 10 LEED buildings, with two more on the way.

The 136,000-square-foot Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute building opened in January. A three-story, glass-clad building, it houses one of the largest-volume hospital laboratories in the country. It achieved LEED-NCv2.2 Gold Certification for maximized natural light, energy-efficient LED lighting, a green roof and improved water run-off, as well as incorporating various other sustainable strategies.

The Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center earned LEED-NCv2.2 Gold Certification as well, because of its environmentally friendly features, use of regionally sourced materials with recycled content, superior indoor air quality and preservation of surrounding wetlands. The building opened in July 2011. At 190,000 square feet, it is the Cleveland Clinic’s first family health center with a 24-hour emergency department and helipad.

Avon’s Richard E. Jacobs Health Center opened in December 2011. The 190,000-square-foot center achieved LEED-NCv2.2 Silver certification last month because of its water efficiency, indoor air quality, minimization of site disturbance, purchase of regionally manufactured materials and recycled content, as well as an overall energy cost reduction of nearly 15 percent.

The 50,000-square-foot Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center opened in October 2011. It earned LEED-NCv2.2 Silver certification for its water efficiency, advanced controls and sophisticated energy modeling to ensure that the building’s energy use is minimized and optimized, with environmentally friendly materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design. The building was designed to support the local community and ecosystem.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. To earn LEED certification, a project must satisfy all LEED prerequisites and earn a minimum 40 points on a 110-point LEED rating system scale. The Cleveland Clinic is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Practice Greenhealth and is a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Partner. Since 2008, it has been awarded over 75 Practice Greenhealth Awards.

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