By Joel Scanlon
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a contract to The Green Building Initiative (GBI) to certify medical offices, long term care facilities, 189 hospitals and outpatient clinics on 11 campuses throughout the country employing the Green Globes Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB) environmental rating and assessment tool.
The management employees of VA facilities were previously trained by the GBI staff to carry out online, web-enabled ecological appraisal on 175 buildings. The assessment concluded with a reasonably substantial score, which resulted in the VA to stretch out their contract to incorporate Green Globe certifications on 11 campuses throughout the country. This is one of the largest synchronized certification deployments in the federal division. The buildings are being currently assessed by Green Globe Assessors and the process is expected to be completed by January 2012.
Hospital-specific CIEB Healthcare certification programs and The Green Globes CIEB aid the managers in instituting performance criteria, excellent procedures and certification for operations and maintenance of a building in the ecological appraisal spheres of pollution, resource management, energy, emissions and water. The fully interactive, web-enabled tool also allows the employees to calculate, record and enhance the sustainability of an edifice for a long time.