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2007

Sustainable Healthcare Architecture [first edition]

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"At its core, green building is about making the world a better place for people to live. As Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori show us in this important new book, nowhere is that fact more apparent than in the healthcare industry, where the sterile, imposing facilities of the past are being replaced by buildings that are filled with daylight, connected to nature, and, above all, are designed to promote health and well-being."
—From the Foreword by Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council

Written by an architect focused on sustainable healthcare design and an expert recognized by Time magazine as a Green Innovator, Sustainable Healthcare Architecture is the key reference for the design of sustainable healthcare facilities. Building upon the authors' combined knowledge and experience, the book includes case studies of more than fiftyof the best contemporary sustainable healthcare buildings from around the world. The authors provide background on LEED for Health Care as well as the Green Guide for Health Care. Architects, interior designers, engineers, and healthcare professionals and administrators will find this to be an essential guide to the design of healthy environments for healing.

In addition to the authors' text, the book includes essays by experts on such topics as design and stewardship; the built environment and human health; ecology and medicine; nature and healing; the carbon-neutral hospital; the integrative design process and integrated operations; and creating the twenty-first-century hospital. Architects and interior designers will be able to apply the knowledge from the essays to the design of multiple building types.

Giving the term "healthy building" fuller meaning, Sustainable Healthcare Architecture is a much-needed guide to one of the most important applications of the concepts of sustainability in the built environment.