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HOSPITAL DESIGN & BUILD
Kohinoor Hospital – Platinum LEED certified green hospital sets benchmarks
"Building green’ is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings that improve human health, build a better environment and provide cost savings."
Dr. Rajeev Boudhankar, Vice President, Kohinoor Hospital
Dr Rajeev Boudhankar, Vice President,Kohinoor Hospital, in conversation with Hospitalinfrabiz.com shares his insights on the Green Hospital approach and what it promises for his hospital. Excerpts of interview
1. What exactly is Platinum Rating under LEED Certification for 'Green Building'? Before we know what Platinum Rating is all about, let us first understand what is meant by ‘Green Building’ and why we should go Green.
So, what are green buildings? ‘Green’ or ‘sustainable’ buildings use resources like energy, water, materials and land more efficiently than the regular standard buildings. With more natural light and better air quality, green buildings typically contribute to improved employee health, comfort, and productivity.
Financial benefits of Green buildings Green Buildings provide financial benefits that conventional buildings do not. These benefits include energy and water savings, reduced waste, improved indoor environmental quality, greater employee comfort / productivity, reduced employee health costs and lower operations and maintenance costs. Generally, buildings account for 1/6th of the world’s fresh water withdrawal, 1/4th of its wood harvest and 2/5th of its material and energy flows. Hence it would be justifiable to say ‘building green’ is an opportunity to use our resources efficiently while creating healthier buildings that improve human health, build a better environment and provide cost savings
2. Could you tell us something more about the certifying authority for Kohinoor Hospital? The Certifying Authority for Kohinoor Hospital is The Indian Green Building Council – IGBC. The intent of LEED India – IGBC New Construction is to assist in the creation of high performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial and institutional buildings.
Kohinoor Hospital has been awarded Platinum Rating under the LEED India NC system.The LEED India Green Building Rating System for New Commercial Construction and Major Renovation (LEED India NC) provides a set of performance standards for certifying the design and construction phases of commercial, institutional buildings and high-rise residential buildings. The specific credits in the rating system provide guidelines for the design and construction of buildings of all sizes in both the public and private sectors.
The rating system is as follows:
The LEED India Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus based, market driven building rating system based on existing proven technology. It evaluates environmental performance from a whole building perspective over a Building’s life cycle, providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘Green Building’.
The rating system is organized into five environmental categories: 1. Sustainable Sites 2. Water Efficiency 3. Energy & Atmosphere 4. Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality and an additional category 5. Innovation & Design Process
3. What prompted you to go in for this rating? The prime driving force was that we aspired to make Kohinoor Hospital the first hospital/healthcare institution in the world or at least in Asia to achieve Platinum Rating. The second reason was that Platinum is the highest rating in the green rating category and we wanted to go for the Best! I would specifically wish to add, that it was not only the ratings, the name and fame that prompted us to go for Green – Platinum. It is our CMD Unmesh Joshi’s dream that all Kohinoor projects will be GREEN. It is also his foresight that green is the future of all the commercial projects to come, in a sense that it helps in the industry to save on the resources of the world which are slowly getting depleted. If we can be make a difference even by a small percentage of the benefits to the world, Kohinoor benefits so to say. Also, it takes only a small increase in the initial cost over their conventional counterparts, but the benefits are multifold as compared to the original investment in Green features. Productivity, health benefits, reduced operation costs, energy, emission, water and waste benefits are just a few of the added benefits to name few of Kohinoor going Green By going green, we can achieve energy savings up to 35 per cent over the Ashrae standard which is the base of building design standard.
Studies of workers in green buildings has reported substantial productivity gains of up to 16 per cent including reduction in absenteeism and improved work quality based on ‘people friendly’ green design.
In other words, green building design has environmental, economic and social elements that benefit all building stakeholders including owners, occupants and the general public.
4. How does this rating upgrade the standards of the hospital? Green building practices can substantially reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts and improve existing unsustainable design, construction and operational practices. As an added benefit, green design measures reduce operating costs, enhance building marketability, increase worker productivity and reduce potential liability resulting from indoor air quality problems.
5. Is Kohinoor Hospital the first hospital/healthcare institution in India to get this rating? Yes, Kohinoor Hospital is the first hospital not only in India but in Asia to get Platinum rating.
6. Have other hospitals applied for it or is it a new concept for hospitals and healthcare institutions? Yes. World’s first Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin has been honoured as the first hospital to be awarded Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status by the US Green Building Council. The 169-bed facility, which encompasses nearly 500,000 square feet received a score of 54 out of a possible 69 total points, putting it two points over the threshold for platinum status. The facility which had a construction cost of $130 million opened in June 2007. We are the first in Asia.
More about LEED ...................................
LEED stands for The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED Green Building Rating System developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km²) of development area. The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by the LEED committees are publicly reviewed for approval by more than 10,000 membership organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.Green building ratings are classified into four categories, namely,
LEED – India Certification Levels The project must satisfactorily document achievement of all of the prerequisites and a Minimum number of points to attain the LEED ratings as listed below
LEED Rating System
Credit points are distributed as per the environmental benefits under the below mentioned areas of activities