5/8/2012 - Asheville's Mission cancer center receives LEED Gold Certification
by Asheville Citizen Times
ASHEVILLE -- The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification to Mission Hospital's SECU Cancer Center. The Cancer Center is officially designated as LEED for New Construction Gold Certified.
The Cancer Center is a 120,000 square-foot facility devoted to cancer treatment and designed to support ongoing sustainable efforts. According to LEED's projects and case studies database, Mission Cancer Center is the largest LEED certified healthcare facility in North Carolina and one of only three Gold LEED certified cancer centers in the nation.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design construction of high-performance green buildings. It verifies that a facility is designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all metrics.
More than 66 percent of the site area features native plants, and the site's civil design reduces the quantity of and improves the quality of storm water run-off. The building's white-roof coating helps reflect solar heat, and nearly half of the roof surface area is dedicated to a roof garden. The facility also includes high-efficiency plumbing fixtures to optimize water savings.
Visit www.missionhospitals.org/AHealingPlace for more on the cancer center.