LEED for Healthcare
First, do no harm. The goal of the LEED for Healthcare rating system is to help you design, build and operate, high-performance healing environments.
The needs of healthcare facilities are very unique. Healthcare buildings often have strict regulatory requirements, 24/7 operations, and specific programmatic demands are not covered in LEED for New Construction. The LEED for Healthcare rating system acknowledges these differences by both modifying existing credits and creating new, healthcare-specific credits. The goal is to help promote healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in these projects.
LEED for Healthcare is geared towards inpatient and outpatient care facilities and licensed long term care facilities. It can also be used for medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education and research centers.
Projects that meet certain criteria are required to use LEED for Healthcare. These include licensed and federal inpatient and outpatient care facilities and licensed long term care facilities.
Global Alternative Compliance Paths are available for this rating system.
A collaborative effort for health
LEED for Healthcare is the result of seven years of working closely with the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC), a joint project of Health Care Without Harm and Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.