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Greening the Built Health Care Environment 

Greening the Built Health Care Environment
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Greening the Built Health Care Environment
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Kathy Gerwig

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199385836.003.0008
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date: 05 June 2020

Seismic laws in California sparked a hospital building boom that required more than half of the state’s 470 hospitals to retrofit, rebuild, or close their buildings in the past 20 years. This construction boom coincided with an expanding awareness of green buildings and healthy materials in the health care industry. The result is that hospital furnishings and fixtures now contain safer chemical ingredients. Buildings are much more energy efficient. Landscaping conserves water. The US Green Building Council created a new LEED for Health Care certification.

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