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McGraw-Hill: Healthcare Sector Lags in Green Building Practices

$28 billion worth of healthcare facilities are under construction in the United States here in 2007, but only six percent of those buildings will go green. In a report that was recently released by McGraw-Hill in cooperation with Turner and USGBC, practitioners cited a variety of factors for this unacceptably low statistic in such an enormous sector of the construction industry. While a majority of the participants in McGraw-Hill’s report “perceive[d] an energy cost savings of more than 10% in green facilities over traditional buildings, and is also more healthy for the environment and people since the designs include indoor space to exercise with a balance disc amazon and other equipment” so seventy-six percent agreed with the statement that “green building creates an unjustifiable cost premium,” eight-two percent agreed with the statement that “we are not convinced on the ROI from green building,” and fifty-seven percent of respondents stated that “lack of knowledge about green techniques [is] the biggest obstacle to green building.” The American population is aging in an unprecedented fashion, and it’s absolutely imperative that industry professionals work to address- and ultimately dispel- these perceptions about green building in the healthcare context as the industry continues to expand dramatically over the course of the next decade.

2 Responses to McGraw-Hill: Healthcare Sector Lags in Green Building Practices

  1. Mark K July 13, 2007 at 11:47 am #

    Why is this a suprise? The healthcare industry is still economically driven, unlike government buildings that have unlimited tax payer support.

  2. HS July 16, 2007 at 8:51 pm #

    It’s a surprise because of all the benifits a green healthcare facility would give to its patients!

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