"Green building" refers to good design
and management practices in all phases of building construction
to promote a healthy environment and energy efficiency. The
leading organization for developing and promoting green building
principles is the U.S. Green Building
Council, a broad coalition
including representation from the construction industry, the financial
sector, government, and public interest organizations.
Green building and health care come together in the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC). This toolkit provides guidance to integrate enhanced environmental health principles and practices into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of healthcare facilities. This guide has already played an important role in spurring development of healthier building materials and gives the healthcare industry a leadership role in bringing health issues to green design. The Green Guide for Health Care is available as a free download (registration required).
The U.S. Green Building Council, (USGBC) has played a leading role in developing and promoting green building principles in the US broad coalition including representation from the construction industry, the financial sector, government, and public interest organizations. The USGBC and GGHC are working cooperatively to integrate the principles developed in the Green Guide in to a health care specific version of the USGBC’s third party certified LEED program.
following information is excerpted from the EPA Sector Notebook
Profile of the Healthcare Industry:
are increasingly embracing green building goals driven by several
important factors: public health, market
competitiveness, operation costs, and social responsibility. HBN
is a national network of green building professionals, environmental
and health activists, socially responsible investment advocates,
and others who are interested in promoting healthier building materials
as a means of improving public health and preserving the global
Please also see the HBN Healthy Building News Archive.
Use the Green Building State Resource Locator to find information for your state.