The new Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic (VA OPC) in Greenville, South Carolina has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Some of the steps taken that earned it points for this certification are:
- locating on a rehabilitated site near the Greenville Hospital System
- locating close to public transportation and community amenities
- improving energy performance by over 30 percent to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use. This is unusual since healthcare facilities have one of the highest energy usage intensities of any building type.
- optimization of its thermal envelope
- thermal loads inside the building were reduced by installing occupancy sensors and daylighting controls in perimeter offices and waiting areas
- the installation of more efficient HVAC equipment such as up to 95 percent efficient condensing boilers and a heat recovery chiller to recover rejected heat from the condenser-side and simultaneously provide heat and cooling in favorable conditions
- significant efforts on enhancing indoor environmental quality (IEQ), an important concern for healthcare facilities
- building techniques that promote occupant comfort, well-being, and productivity.
About 18,000 veterans and their families in the Upstate sector of South Carolina will receive expanded primary care services including medical, dental, optometrical and rehabilitation services in the 78,000-square-foot outpatient clinic at 41 Park Drive. Despite the U.S. government’s standard for the clinic being LEED Silver, the owner/developer Hughes Development Corporation's goal was at least LEED Gold. It is the first of its kind.
For more information on the project contact the Project Manager Johnna S. Keller, Epsten Group, Atlanta, Georgia, phone 404.577.0370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.