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U.S. buildings consume the majority of the country's electricity and a large percentage of raw materials. YNHH has incorporated "green building" in recent and current construction and renovation projects with emphasis on improving energy efficiency, water conservation, air quality and work environment.


Smilow Cancer Hospital now LEED certified

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to Yale-New Haven for Smilow Cancer Hospital in recognition of the hospital’s successful sustainable design and construction strategies.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, verifying that a building was designed and built using strategies to improve performance across all metrics.

Completed in 2009, Smilow’s sustainable features include optimum circulation of natural light in its lobbies, corridors and waiting areas to reduce energy consumption. Energy usage is further reduced through use of occupancy sensors in non-patient spaces, pumps with variable speed drives and room pressure monitors to cut down power usage for enhanced air supply.

In addition, reflective roofs and an exterior sun screen on the west façade as well as a high-efficiency unitized curtain wall system and terra cotta rain screen façade all work to reduce heat gain in the building.

The facility also has upgraded air handling units which provide improved indoor air quality and low-flow water fixtures, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and finishes, easy-to-clean solid surface finishes and epoxy paints in operating rooms to help combat infections.

With 516,000 square feet, Smilow has 14 floors, 168 private patient rooms, 12 operating rooms, radiation therapy and several integrated imaging technologies.

55 Park Street also LEED certified

Yale-New Haven’s the 55 Park Street building, which houses laboratory testing facilities and pharmacy services, also received LEED certification for meeting significant sustainability standards. The building, completed in 2010 and adjacent to Smilow Cancer Hospital, stands six stories and spans approximately 140,000 square feet. The building incorporates numerous sustainable design features including an exterior facade which consists of a unitized curtain wall system with butt glazing, shadow box features, and fritted glass at the four-story atrium above the main entrance lobby.

Smilow Healing Garden — Green in more ways than one

The healing garden is a 6,000 square-foot rooftop garden atop Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven that provides a touch of nature for patients, families and staff members. The garden, which is located on the roof of the seventh floor, absorbs rainwater, thereby reducing runoff created by the addition of new, impervious surfaces. On this special "grass" ceiling, any sections without plants, grasses, flowers or trees are treated with an Energy Star-rated "green" roofing membrane.

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