More than any other building type, healthcare facilities might provide the greatest opportunity for the positive impact of green building measures.

From hospitals to doctors’ offices to outpatient clinics, these buildings provide healing space for our most vulnerable populations.

In addition, these projects are often saddled with very intensive energy demands from medical equipment and yet have high sensitivity to operating costs. An additional challenge is that many aging facilities require updates but have to grapple with supporting complex programs.

Healthcare organizations have been pioneers in green building, including in integrating the design process. They have found remarkable financial benefits from reducing energy use, along with health benefits from avoiding toxic chemicals and from connecting patients with the natural environment.