Capital Health achieved LEED certification

December 24, 2012

Capital Health, a leader in the development of medical technologies, has announced that it has attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The health institute, which runs Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, New Jersey, and Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey, is one of 28 hospitals in the country to have achieved gold or platinum level recognition from the green building agency.

"From the very beginning of planning for Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell, the goal was to create a healthier environment for patients, visitors, and staff, and to be environmentally responsible," said Al Maghazehe, president & CEO, Capital Health, according to the source. "This progressive healing environment provides important emotional support for patients while practicing environmentally sustainable principles."

The company achieved LEED certification by investing in water efficient landscaping, reducing water use, recycling 90 percent of trash and debris from the construction of the building, using regional materials, using PVC free and low VOC finishes and preserving open space that exceeded local zoning requirements by 67 percent.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, healthcare organizations spend nearly $8.8 billion on energy every year. For every dollar a nonprofit healthcare organization saves on energy, it has the equivalent impact of increasing the institution's revenues by $20 for hospitals and $10 for medical offices.

"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The Capital Health project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come."

Hospitals throughout the country can begin to incorporate more green solutions to reduce operational expenses and reduce the negative environmental impact of the structure. The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) serves the state of Pennsylvania's efforts to improve green solution adoptions. Bordering New Jersey, officials from the State of Brotherly Love may want to take a trip to determine which practices innovations at these facilities can be best incorporated at home.