Nation’s First Surgical/Dental Office to Achieve Highest Green Building Certification
August 21, 2012, (San Francisco, Calif.) – Environmental Building Strategies (EBS), a leader in high performance building engineering, certification, sustainability education and commercial real estate consulting services, announced today that it received LEED Platinum certification for San Francisco Surgical Arts (SFSA), a new Oral and Maxillofacial surgical facility that offers routine oral surgical services, as well as advanced facial reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. EBS provided SFSA with sustainable commissioning/engineering services, as well as strategic consulting on energy, waste & water efficiency, sustainable building materials and construction practices. With EBS’ guidance, SFSA became the first privately-held medical/surgical facility to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of green building certification under the LEED Commercial Interiors™ (CI) v2009 rating system.
“Our goal was to create a green practice to serve as an example for the healthcare community, showcasing the endless possibilities with today’s technology and sustainable building materials. We’ve invested heavily in cutting-edge technology to improve our patient outcomes, while reducing the impact on our environment and local community,” said Nima Massoomi, DMD, MEd, MD, and co-founder of San Francisco Surgical Arts. “Our new facility dispels the typical feel of a surgical office, making our patients and staff feel as if they’re visiting a spa.”
Historically, medical facilities are characterized by stacks of paper medical records, constant hand washing, and energy intensive equipment. To directly combat these stereotypes and lower environmental impact, EBS provided the research and documentation that advised SFSA to use electronic medical records to eliminate paper waste, low flow sinks and toilets to reduce water usage, and energy efficient equipment to slash utility bills. As a testament to SFSA’s investment, its existing Cupertino office (SVSA)—which that did not pursue LEED certification—is half the size of the new office, but spends three times more on energy bills.
“By working with EBS to implement environmental features from the design phase, San Francisco Surgical Arts expects a strong return on investment from energy, water and waste savings,” said Matt Macko, founder and principal of Environmental Building Strategies. “SFSA is truly a leader in transforming the medical industry’s operations and values, and it was an honor to work with the doctors and the talented design team to continue advocating better buildings in the community we live and share in.”
In addition to EBS’ sustainability engineering and LEED consulting, the Platinum achievement was made possible by the expert medical design of The Kohan Group, as well as the creative material use and sustainable medical building tactics of All Phase Builders. Notable features of the project include:
- 37% reduced lighting power through LED lighting, occupancy sensors and lighting controls
- 90% ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances such as LED monitors and solar-powered keyboards
- 100% paperless records and administration
- 40% reduction in water usage through pressure assist toilets and automatic faucets
Sustainable Materials/Indoor Environmental Quality:
- Post-consumer recycled content in steel framing, wall coverings, countertops and floor tiles
- Recycling and salvaging of >75% of the construction waste
- Furniture containing 97% recycled content
- “Green Cleaning Procedure” to minimize building occupant exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Oil-free medical suction system featuring integrated amalgam-separator to prevent mercury waste into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean
- A combination 2D / 3D medical CT imaging machine with one of the lowest radiation profiles on the market
Learn more about the SFSA project and other EBS project successes here.
About Environmental Building Strategies
Environmental Building Strategies (EBS) is a High Performance Building (HPB) consultancy that helps clients make intelligent and sustainable building and operations decisions by combining comprehensive financial analyses with building science techniques. EBS works with architects, developers, contractors, municipalities and corporate entities to assess buildings, identify opportunity areas and develop strategies to ensure their sustainability goals are met on time and with less capital outlay. Services include sustainable engineering, consulting, education and building certification, with expertise in LEED®, ENERGY STAR, GreenPoint, HERS, Energy Audits, Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Incentives and Rebates, and more. EBS has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. For more information please visit www.EBSconsultants.com.