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Our Green Initiative

The new hospital in Greensburg is projected to achieve more than 32% energy savings when compared to a hospital built to standard code thanks to features such as on-site wind turbines.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEATURES
  • Daylighting maximizes the use of natural light to offset electrical lighting loads in 75% of the interior.
  • High-performance low-E, double-glazed windows allow natural light to offset electrical lighting for a significant portion of the facility while also providing insulation.
  • A well-insulated building envelope containing R-25 sprayed polyurethanefoam insulation significantly reduces energy costs and allows more efficient heating and cooling technologies to be used throughout the facility.
  • Light colors used on the roof and parking lots reflect heat away from the building
  • A heat recovery system recycles exhaust air while providing fresh air to reduce energy consumption
  • Energy-efficient lights and lighting controls reduce energy used for artificial lighting.
  • An energy-efficient air conditioner uses a magnetic bearing chiller that is more cost effective and less noisy.
  • Energy-efficient office equipment reduces energy consumption used for administrative tasks.
  • The high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and heat recovery system takes advantage of the abundant renewable electricity from the Greensburg Wind Farm.

RENEWABLE ENERGY FEATURES
  • (2) On-site, grid-tied, 50 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines generate up to 440,000 kWh annually to partially off-set the hospital's energy use.
  • The hospital is 100% electric.

WATER EFFICIENCY
  • Low-flow toilets conserve water in the restrooms.
  • A bioswale filtration system reduces waste water by 50%
  • Rainwater is collected and used to flush toilets.

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
  • Recycled materials were used in 30% of the interior finishes, including tile and recycled rubber floors.
  • Walking paths incorporated into the healing garden and patio microclimate promote the healing strategies of the hospital.

AIR QUALITY AND INDOOR ENVIRONMENT
  • Demand-control ventilation ensures continuous fresh air and proper CO2 levels.
  • A rain screen system on the exterior cladding provides moisture control and is low maintenance.
  • A filmless x-ray system eliminates the need for dangerous chemical usage.
  • Seamless countertops and floors reduce infection rates.

LEED RATING GOAL
  • Platinum