The Green Guide is the health care sector’s first quantifiable sustainable design toolkit integrating enhanced environmental and health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of their facilities. This Guide provides the health care sector with a voluntary, self-certifying metric toolkit of best practices that designers, owners, and operators can use to guide and evaluate their progress towards high performance healing environments.
The Green Guide has two major components – a Construction section and an Operations section. The Construction section is relevant for new construction, renovations, and additions. Existing facilities are encouraged to track their ongoing performance using the Operations section, while making a commitment to utilize the Construction section on future projects. Construction projects are encouraged to identify any Operations-related credits that they intend to achieve and establish commitments to these O&M goals through policy setting. Note that construction projects are unable to attain all of the points in the Operations section, as some credits require a year’s worth of data to achieve credit goals.