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Performance Evaluation of 32 LEED Hospitals on Operation Costs

Author(s): Sadatsafavi, H., Shepley, M. M.
As healthcare needs increase, providers strive to reduce operational costs while simultaneously increasing healthcare facility construction and renovation efforts. At the same time, certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) are examples of the emerging concerns regarding the environmental impact of healthcare facilities. The authors note that the number of studies documenting the benefits of more “green” facilities is limited; however, they hypothesize that upon comparing LEED-certified hospitals with uncertified ones, the LEED facilities will prove to have lower-than-average maintenance costs.
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Enhancing the Skin Performance of Hospital Buildings in the UAE

Author(s): Taleb, H. M.

Sustainable healthcare design: Existing challenges and future directions for an environmental, economic, and social approach to sustainability

Author(s): Zadeh, R. S., Xuan, X., Shepley, M. M.

Impact of the Physical Environment of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities (RHCSF) on Staff and Residents A Systematic Review of the Literature

Author(s): Joseph, A., Choi, Y.-S., Quan, X.
Strategies related to the design of the built environment should be considered within the context of the culture of the organization and the resident population. This study of the physical environment of residential health, care, and support facilities addresses the range of settings and population, where other studies have been lacking. The literature review strongly suggests that the built environment is an important component of care provided in residential care settings.
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Effectiveness of indoor environment quality in LEED-certified healthcare settings

Author(s): Xuan, X.

Building design and performance: A comparative longitudinal assessment of a children's hospital

Author(s): Thiel, C. L., Needy, K. L., Ries, R., Hupp, D., Bilec, M. M.
The aesthetics and design of a medical treatment facility can influence energy consumption, staff performance, and patient recovery. Evidence-Based Design (EBD) has been cited in many studies as an effective way to improve healthcare outcomes and hospitals’ performance, but further investigation is needed. This is particularly true at a whole-building level, to reveal the relationship between building design and health, and to observe the performance of newer building designs, especially with regard to green healthcare buildings.
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Comparison of a sample of green hospitals with non-green hospitals with respect to operating expenses and patient revenue

Author(s): Sadatsafavai, H., Walewski, J., Taborn, M.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) has been an influential program behind the design, construction, and operation of green healthcare facilities across the U.S. Generally, green hospitals are designed to provide long-term ecological and financial benefits by promoting more efficient use of water, energy, and materials. 
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Comparative Analysis of Hospital Energy Use: Pacific Northwest and Scandinavia

Author(s): Burpee, H., McDade, E.
​Today, operational hospitals in the United States consume an enormous amount of energy. This study is an outgrowth of previous research evaluating high-quality, low-energy hos­pitals that serve as examples for new high-performance hospital design, construction, and operation.
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Using the Community Readiness Model to Examine the Built and Social Environment: A Case Study of the High Point Neighborhood, Seattle, Washington, 2000–2010

Author(s): Buckner-Brown, J., Sharify, D. T., Blake, B., Phillips, T., Whitten, K.

Functional Outcomes of Nursing Home Residents in Relation to Features of the Environment: Validity of the Professional Environmental Assessment Protocol

Author(s): Slaughter, S. E., Morgan, D. G.
Research conducted in different settings shows that specialized environments designed for people with dementia may reduce the rate of functional loss. Different measures have been developed to assess the nursing home environments focused on the features of specialized dementia units. Among them, the Professional Environmental Assessment Protocol (PEAP) was developed to assess the quality of dementia care environments on nine dimensions. Assessment involves subjective evaluation of the physical and social environment on a 5-point scale for each dimension.
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