A new hospital in Miami is enjoying the glow of its new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. West Kendall Baptist Hospital has announced its recent certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The hospital was recognized for its attention to energy use, efficient lighting, water reduction and other sustainable strategies.
Among the hospital’s many features is a 20 percent reduction in water usage compared to facilities of similar size. To accomplish this, the hospital installed dual-flush toilets and eliminated its potable water usage for landscaping through xeriscaping.
By using less energy and water, the building will reportedly save money for families, businesses and taxpayers.
Energy reduction designs include the use of white roofing products to reduce heat island effect and energy management systems used to regulate airflow in non-patient areas. The building was designed to take advantage of natural lighting scenarios and enhanced indoors with the use of thermal lighting controls.
The hospital has also taken into account the carbon footprint of those driving to the facility. The parking lot includes EV charging stations for electric vehicles, preferential parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and bicycle storage and changing rooms with showers for employees.
The hospital is also located near a new mass transit hub which will help curb carbon emissions.