China hospital first to earn LEED gold
A Chinese hospital has become the country’s first health care facility to earn LEED gold certification.
Jiahui International Hospital in Xuhui District was recognized in the area of health care construction, reports Shine.
Built and promoted by USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), LEED is the most influential evaluation standard in the world regarding the assessment of architectural surroundings, environmental friendliness, and sustainability.
The council's president and CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam, visited the hospital to present the award.
“LEED is an award for architecture, but ultimately it is all for humans,” he said. “They share the same goal as the architectural design of the hospital: helping make patients feel more comfortable.”
The designer of the hospital, NBBJ, incorporated various environmentally friendly facilities, many of which were used for the first time in China. A variable air volume (VAV) box was used for air filtering and ventilation to help guarantee that air is safe and the air temperature is comfortable for patients.
Another design aspect that helped the hospital achieve LEED certification is a garden that brings patients closer to nature and helps relieve their stress.
Jiahui International Hospital, approved by the National Health and Family Planning Commission and co-branded with Massachusetts General Hospital, is the first tertiary international hospital in Shanghai. Phase one of operations launched in 2017, when 246 of its 500 beds were put into use.
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