Kansas medical building receives LEED recognition

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 17:29

The attainment of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council by any organization or homeowner will not only ensure that the given structure will be running in an efficient manner, but it will also be more valuable.
This is why many companies are beginning to shift to more energy efficient buildings, as they realize that using the green technology is not just a thing of the future.
According to the Wyandotte Daily News, the University of Kansas Hospital's main hospital building recently received LEED silver certification, as it was upgraded to include a number of recycled materials and energy efficient technology.
The architect for the 214,000-square-foot building chose green technology to maximize on the efficiency of such a large structure, helping to cut costs and provide a healthier environment for patients.
The building, which features technology like energy efficient water flow systems, modern air conditioning features and radiant heating, will allow the medical center to divert energy and resources elsewhere, according to the news outlet.
"We wanted the Medical Office Building to set a high standard for environmental design for this campus and we accomplished that goal," said Jon Jackson, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for The University of Kansas Hospital, in a statement. "It took a great deal of collaboration between the designers, contractors, physicians and the hospital to meet the requirements, but all parties knew this was an important goal."
Products like radiant heating systems allow for a cleaner environment, which is perfect for buildings like hospitals that require limited air pollution due to the sensitive nature of many of the patients.