VA Palo Alto Patient Simulation Center Achieves Silver-Level Certification - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Patient Simulation Center Achieves Silver-Level Certification

VA Palo Alto Patient Simulation CenterThe 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.

  1. The project implemented an erosion and sedimentation control (ESC) plan that conforms to the 2003 EPA Construction General Permit. GlenMar conducted weekly inspections.
  2. The site is within 1/4-mile walking distance of multiple bus routes.
  3. Bicycle storage racks are installed, and shower/changing facilities are available to building and tenant employees.
  4. No new parking was created within the LEED project boundary.
  5. Site and landscape were designed to maintain or reduce stormwater runoff and provides open space.
  6. Stormwater is captured and treated on site to minimize total suspended solids entering the municipal storm sewer system.
  7. Light-reflective paving options were used for 65% of non-roof hardscape surfaces.
  8. The project's roofing material has a high Solar Reflective Index which reduces urban heat island effect and reduces building cooling loads.
  9. Site lighting meets stringent standards for exterior lighting power density, site lumens and light trespass, important factors in minimizing light pollution.
  10. Water efficient plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the building, improving on code-required efficiencies by 24%.
  11. Landscaping and irrigation systems have been designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 71%.
  12. A commissioning process was used to ensure that the building's energy- and water-consuming systems were installed and operating as designed.
  13. Modeled energy performance shows a 31% reduction in energy cost from code-required baseline.
  14. Building systems minimize the emission of compounds which contribute to ozone depletion and global climate change.
  15. 80% of construction waste was diverted from landfill disposal.
  16. 23% of material, by cost, used in the construction of the building is from recycled content.
  17. 10% of material, by cost, used in the construction of the building is regionally sourced from within 500 miles of the project site.
  18. Testing was performed at the completion of construction to confirm healthy indoor air quality.
  19. 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
  20. Building management will conduct an occupant comfort survey 6-18 months after occupancy to identify and resolve thermal comfort-related issues.
  21. The building owner promotes sustainable building practices via webpage content and brochures available to building visitors.