LEED certification furthers mission of the recently opened Class A medical facility in Raleigh, N.C.; building will be showcased in annual tour of sustainable buildings.
(Raleigh, N.C. – June 13, 2012) The newly opened WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex in Raleigh, developed by Duke Realty, has reached an important sustainability and design milestone by attaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) certification. In an effort to heighten community awareness of environmental principles, the building will feature informational interior signage and be included in an annual community-wide green tour.
LEED, a building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), evaluates six different areas of environmental and energy significance: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation in design. The 48,314-square-foot medical facility, developed, financed, leased, managed and owned by Indianapolis-based Duke Realty, was evaluated using the LEED Core and Shell (LEED-CS v2009) scorecard.
Medical buildings are known to have at least double the energy requirements of standard buildings due to their 24/7 operations, high water usage and strict regulation over air quality. Yet, the WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex was able to achieve a 12 percent improvement in energy efficiency over standard buildings through a system of integrated components. Some of the building’s exceptional green features include:
• Improved insulation in the walls, roof and windows
• Energy-conserving interior and exterior light fixtures
• A condensing heater that uses 96 percent of its fuel energy to heat domestic water
• An adjustable, sub-metering monitoring system to hold each tenant accountable for appropriate electricity consumption
• The building was constructed with 10 percent recycled materials from regional and local sources
• Half of the wood used in the building is from certified, responsibly managed forests
• Between 80 percent and 90 percent of construction waste was recycled
• Water efficient systems have reduced interior water use by 22 percent and exterior use by 50 percent
• A combination of regionally appropriate landscaping and drip irrigation significantly conserves water
“Our mission for sustainability and efficiency is reflected in the operational and design elements of this beautiful new facility,” says Deeni Taylor, Executive Vice President, Duke Realty. “It is an asset to the community, not only from a healthcare perspective, but from an environmentally responsible one as well. We congratulate our team and the citizens of Raleigh who stand to benefit from this great accomplishment.”
“Our collaboration with Duke Realty in attaining this certification reinforces our focus toward sustainability in our community,” says Tom Cavender, Vice President Facilities and Construction for WakeMed. “We are proud of the efforts made by the entire team to further these important environmental measures and make our facility a showcase of sustainability.”
“This facility furthers our commitment to sustainability in the Triangle. WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex met our targeted goals for the use of regional, recycled and low-emitting materials; energy savings; water-efficient landscaping, and storm water quality control. In addition, we are instituting an educational outreach program at the facility through the incorporation of information about the project’s sustainable features,” says Jeremy Fortier, Senior Healthcare Manager, Duke Realty.
“By placing signage panels throughout the building that call out sustainable features, we hope to encourage environmental inquiry and help educate occupants and visitors,” explains Mr. Fortier. “We also are partnering with the N.C. Triangle USGBC chapter to include WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex in annual green tours of buildings in the Raleigh area. We approached this project with a focus on the community and the results are evident.”
For more information about LEED, please visit the USBGC website www.usgbc.org.
Physicians who are interested in leasing space at WakeMed Brier Creek Healthplex are invited to contact Alban Barrus of Duke Realty at 919.461.8052 or email@example.com.
About Duke Realty
With more than 20 years in the industry, Duke Realty’s healthcare team offers proven experience in providing hospitals and physician groups comprehensive planning, development, ownership, leasing, and facility management services. Projects have ranged from small medical office buildings to large ambulatory care centers with diagnostics, oncology and surgery services. To find out more, please visit www.dukerealty.com/healthcare.
Duke Realty owns and operates approximately 139 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 18 major U.S. cities. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.
About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of healthcare facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,700 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in healthcare. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.