News Analysis

Cost Premiums of LEED for Hospitals Low, but a Deterrent

A new study released by the architecture firm Perkins+Will reveals cost premiums are decreasing for healthcare facilities to achieve LEED certification and are not cost prohibitive in most cases, but they remain a sticking point.

Numbers down from 2008

Conducted by Robin Guenther, FAIA, Breeze Glazer from Perkins+Will, and Gail Vittori of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, the study found the average capital cost premium for LEED-certified hospitals under 100,000 ft2 was 1.24% and for hospitals over 100,000 ft2 only 0.67%. “LEED Certified Hospitals: Perspectives on Capital Cost Premiums and Operational Benefits” was based on analysis of 15 LEED-certified hospitals completed between 2010 and 2012.

Published September 30, 2013