Going Green: Choosing Your Contractor

        Thinking About Going Green?


When choosing a contractor, you need to be sure the company has experience designing and building according to LEED health care standards. A common problem occurs when a contractor cannot deliver on the promised design, leaving the client with a building that does not meet LEED standards and does not impact energy usage to the degree expected.

Do research before choosing a company to build or renovate your facility. If a contractor is promising something that seems too good to be true, it might be. Check all references and compare several options before choosing.

A growing trend in new construction and renovations is green building, in an effort to be more environmentally friendly and reduce energy costs. This goal makes sense in the health care industry, as health care facilities tend to use much more energy than the average commercial building.

However, transitioning to a green facility is easier said than done. Health care facilities have unique needs that often clash with green initiatives, such as their 24-hour operation, different lighting requirements in different rooms, large amounts of water usage and the variety of equipment that must be operated continually. However, there are ways to incorporate green features while still maintaining necessary health and safety standards in your facility. It is important that you educate yourself, so that you can make the best decision for your own organization regarding going green.