As the first fully-digital hospital in North America, Humber River Hospital has received numerous accolades. From design, to construction, through to operations, the project team has met or surpassed every expectation. Now, the 1.8-million square foot health care centre can add another success to the list: Humber River Hospital has officially achieved LEED Gold, surpassing the original target of LEED Silver.
Many factors contributed to this accomplishment, including highly-effective communication between building systems facilitated through the ICAT infrastructure backbone. This infrastructure allows digital sharing between clinical, business, building, information technology, and security systems, as well as active control of the electrochromatic glass.
Another critical LEED Gold factor was surpassing targets for energy use. The hospital has a predicted energy-use intensity 46.7% lower than that achieved by most Canadian hospitals. The HVAC system, which provides 100% outdoor air throughout the building, also outperforms the Energy Star hospital target by 47%.
“I would like to congratulate Humber River Hospital and the project team on showing true leadership in the healthcare field by achieving LEED NC 2009 Gold certification,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, adding that "...By committing to green building through LEED, the patients, staff and visitors of this hospital also benefit from a healthier indoor environment which will support patient care and recovery for years to come."
Smith + Andersen is proud to have provided mechanical, electrical, communications, and security design expertise on this one-of-a-kind health care centre. CLICK HERE to visit the Project Page.
For more information on how the project team surpassed sustainable expectations, below are some great reads:
Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine:
"The Difference is in the Details" - May 2017
Daily Commercial News:
"Humber River Hospital Achieved LEED Gold" - May 8, 2017