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Green Building Movement Penetrating Health Care Industry

Sixty percent of respondents to a McGraw-Hill Construction report on the health care industry’s incorporation of sustainability and green building into their construction projects think green will transform the way health care buildings are designed and constructed.

Nineteen percent of study respondents expect their organization will be significantly involved with green building in 2008 – more than triple the level for 2007.

Sixty-four percent perceive more than 10 percent energy savings from green and 91 percent of the respondents report improved medical facility staff and patient health and well-being as the most important reason for building green.

The Health Care Green Building SmartMarket Report also found that:

  • Internal management and designers/architects have most influence on going green.
  • 66 percent do not think energy reductions are the only reason to go green.
  • 57 percent see lack of information on green to be largest obstacle – making it the leading challenge.
  • Perception remains that green is costly and doesn’t have ROI benefits despite evidence to the contrary.
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