VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VA Palo Alto Patient Simulation Center Achieves Silver-Level Certification
The VA Palo Alto Patient Simulation Center (USGBC ID#1000029847) achieved silver-level certification under LEED 2009 for New Construction on May 29, 2019.
Following is a summary of sustainability efforts and factors which contributed to certification.
- The project implemented an erosion and sedimentation control (ESC) plan that conforms to the 2003 EPA Construction General Permit. GlenMar conducted weekly inspections.
- The site is within 1/4-mile walking distance of multiple bus routes.
- Bicycle storage racks are installed, and shower/changing facilities are available to building and tenant employees.
- No new parking was created within the LEED project boundary.
- Site and landscape were designed to maintain or reduce stormwater runoff and provides open space.
- Stormwater is captured and treated on site to minimize total suspended solids entering the municipal storm sewer system.
- Light-reflective paving options were used for 65% of non-roof hardscape surfaces.
- The project's roofing material has a high Solar Reflective Index which reduces urban heat island effect and reduces building cooling loads.
- Site lighting meets stringent standards for exterior lighting power density, site lumens and light trespass, important factors in minimizing light pollution.
- Water efficient plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the building, improving on code-required efficiencies by 24%.
- Landscaping and irrigation systems have been designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 71%.
- A commissioning process was used to ensure that the building's energy- and water-consuming systems were installed and operating as designed.
- Modeled energy performance shows a 31% reduction in energy cost from code-required baseline.
- Building systems minimize the emission of compounds which contribute to ozone depletion and global climate change.
- 80% of construction waste was diverted from landfill disposal.
- 23% of material, by cost, used in the construction of the building is from recycled content.
- 10% of material, by cost, used in the construction of the building is regionally sourced from within 500 miles of the project site.
- Testing was performed at the completion of construction to confirm healthy indoor air quality.
- Low-emitting materials were selected to reduce the indoor air quality issues often associated with standard products in new buildings:
a. Adhesives and sealants
b. Paints and coatings
c. Flooring systems
d. Composite wood products
- Building management will conduct an occupant comfort survey 6-18 months after occupancy to identify and resolve thermal comfort-related issues.
- The building owner promotes sustainable building practices via webpage content and brochures available to building visitors.