From ‘Do No Harm’ to Regeneration: The Future of Hospital Design

4/05/13

A Competition Winner Shows How Healthcare Can Repair Environmental Damage.

Increasingly, hospitals and healthcare facilities are choosing to focus on sustainability initiatives, particularly those that save energy. Some are also tackling waste reduction, recycling and reuse, and a few are examining and reducing their water use and water impacts.

These initiatives are saving resources and introducing many hospital employees, patients and communities to the benefits of sustainability. But by and large, these projects are aimed at reducing environmental and health impacts. What if a hospital could do more—what if it could actually repair environmental damage? What if healthcare institutions could move beyond carbon neutrality to a development model that restores ecosystems, enhances biodiversity and improves community health?

Read more in the online April edition of Environmental Design & Construction magazine pages 14-18 and in the online edition of Pollution Engineering.

Rendering courtesy of Perkins + Will.

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