By Joel Scanlon
Environmental Building Strategies (EBS) has proclaimed that its new venture San Francisco Surgical Arts (SFSA) has earned LEED Platinum certification for commercial interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council.
San Frisco Surgical Arts office with high-tech machinery and energy-efficient design
EBS is a path-finder in the High Performance Building (HPB) consultancy that helps customers to make wise sustainable and building operations choices with the right combination of financial studies and scientific construction techniques. SFSA is the latest oral and maxillofacial surgical unit that offers standard oral surgical services and also avant-garde cosmetic and facial reconstruction surgery.
Traditionally, medical facilities are known for stacks of paper medical records, unceasing hand washing and high-electricity-using equipment. To mitigate these practices and also to minimize effect on environment, EBS gave SFSA the idea to use electronic medical records to save paper, toilets and sinks with lesser water flow to save water, and energy-efficient apparatus to optimize electricity bills.
Along with EBS, credit for the LEED Platinum achievement goes to the professional medical design of The Kohan Group and innovative use of materials and sustainable medical building practices of All Phase Builders.
Aspects of water/waste/power efficiency include:
- 37% electricity saving by using LED fittings, occupancy sensors, etc
- 90% Energy Star-certified equipment
- 100% paperless records
- 40% less water usage through pressure-assisted toilets and automatic faucets
Aspects of sustainable materials and interior environmental quality include:
- Recycled materials in steel framing, counter tops, wall coverings and floor tiles
- Recycling/salvaging of >75% construction waste
- Furniture include 97% of recycled materials
- Green cleaning practices to expose occupants to a minimum of harmful chemicals
- Oil-free medical suction setup with combined amalgam-separator to avoid dumping of mercury waste into San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, and
- A mixed 2D/3D CT scan equipment with minimum radiation.