Why bother? What are the benefits?There are two main reasons for trying to create a more sustainable building:
1. This should bring significant benefits to your own organisation, in terms of service delivery efficiencies and staff satisfaction or increased asset values and cost savings.
2. NHS and other policy drivers mean that you are required to take on board many aspects of sustainability if you want to achieve a smooth approval for your project.
Please see the below for more information, as well as Module 0: Why is this important?
and Module 0: What do I have to do?
Taking a sustainable approach also generates other benefits, including reductions in CO2 emissions, improved quality of the local neighbourhood, and better facilities for local communities.
Articles from Guidance Modules
1. What do we mean by organisational benefits
Module 3 - 1.1
There is a growing body of evidence that sensitive hospital design has a positive effect on patients, staff and visitors , and we know that a resource...
2. What do I have to do about NHS Sustainable Development Policies?
Module 2 - 1.3
The significance of NHS Sustainable Development Policy is that the level of accepted practice has moved up. No longer do you have good practice and ot...
3. What do we mean by sustainable development in the approvals process?
Module 6 - 1.1
Healthcare building projects require approval from both internal and external bodies. The internal approvals process seeks to ensure that all new work...
1. Putting patients at ease through excellent design
Rutland Lodge Medical Centre
Key sustainability aspects that define the Rutland Lodge building:
1. Reduced energy use and CO2 emissions through natural ventilation...