« Green

Green healthcare design's big price tag largely a myth

Study shows cost increase of 1-2 percent for LEED certified projects

By Healthcare Facilities Today
September 5, 2013

Despite much data and an increasing number of completed projects that have earned LEED certification, concern over high costs persist, according to an article posted on the Healthcare Design web site. 

When the study “Demystifying First Cost Green Building Premiums in Healthcare” was released five years ago, it showed the capital cost premium for green healthcare design was 2.4 percent. Yet concern over cost premiums persist. An updated study, using a new set of hospital projects, reports that for the 13 sample hospitals greater than 100,000 square feet, the average capital cost green premium was less than 1 percent, while the smaller hospitals reported an average capital cost green premium of 2.1 percent.

“For healthcare, green is still relatively new,” said Gail Vittori, co-director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. “Even with the evidence-based data we’re providing, people hold onto this concern. It’s kind of the risk-averse nature of healthcare, perhaps.”

Read the article.


See the latest posts on our homepage Share

Topic Area: Energy Efficiency

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Gram-Negative Bacteria Threaten Hospital Patients

World Health Organization has named antimicrobial resistance as one of the 10 biggest threats to global public health.


OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Simulates a Renovated Surgical Department

The simulation allowed the hospital to see two different renovations for its surgical department.


More Healthcare Workers Willing to Quit Over Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is on the rise and less employees are willing to deal with it.


Hospitals Address Recent String of Gun Violence

St. Louis Children’s Hospital has begun distributing free gun locks to anyone who needs them.


Strawberry Fields REIT Acquires The Landmark of Breathitt County Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

The acquired facility offers 120 beds and a range of services for its residents.



News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

You Might Like