Jan. 11, 2008
Building, renovation projects seek LEED certification
The new Children’s Hospital isn’t the only UPMC facility seeking LEED certification. The recently completed Melwood offices, soon-to-be-constructed Passavant patient tower, and ongoing renovations in UPMC’s interior spaces at the U.S. Steel Tower are all LEED-registered and seeking certification.
According to the U.S. Green Building Council website, “LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work.” The verification is contingent on the Green Building Rating System, which “is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.”
In the case of the U.S. Steel Tower renovations, energy conservation and renewable energy are key:
Through these and similar measures at the other sites, these new UPMC building projects hope to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council and awarded LEED certification.