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Hospice House gets ‘green’ certificiation

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Willson Hospice House, the only inpatient facility of its kind in Southwest Georgia, has been awarded LEED Silver certified established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Willson Hospice House achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“Willson Hospice House’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the  U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Willson Hospice House serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. Willson Hospice House’s sustainable features include a 20.8 percent reduction in annual energy use costs, a 21.9-percent reduction in potable water usage, the preservation of 93.5 percent of the site for native flora and fauna, and the diversion of more than 50 percent of construction waste from landfills.  More than 80 percent of the building’s spaces are directly daylit, and more than 90 percent have exterior views into the landscape.

Willson Hospice House is the only inpatient facility in Southwest Georgia.  Along with its LEED and Audubon awards, the facility was named 2011 Best in Show and given a Citation of Merit by Vendome’s Long Term Living DESIGN Magazine and Environments for Aging Conference.  It was named Southeast Construction’s 2010 Best Architectural Design. Willson also earned the Georgia Chapter of IIDA’s 2011 Award of Merit for Healthcare, as well as Southeastern WoodWorks’ 2011 Best Institutional Award.

Willson Hospice House, an inpatient hospice care facility, is open to patients and their families who are facing end-of-life issues. Built amidst the woodlands in Northwest Albany and designed with a home-like environment, Willson Hospice House provides patients and their families a safe and comfortable environment during times when a patient cannot be cared for in his or her own residence.     Also the new home for Albany Community Hospice and Palliative Care, the 39,135-square-foot Willson Hospice House houses on one side of the building the inpatient care program in pods featuring six rooms each. On the other side is the home care program for patients residing at home or in an assisted or long-term care facility.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 32,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising over 9.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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