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Aspirus NICU receives LEED Gold Certification

by Randy Winter

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Aspirus Wausau Hospital announced today that it's new neo-natal intensive care unit has been given the LEED Gold Certification.  The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification is given by the US Green Building Council.

From the Aspirus press release, here is a list of the features that are part of the Green efforts at the NICU:

-Encourage alternative transportation for the staff and visitors by providing preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles and car-pooling within the dedicated NICU parking area as well as bicycle storage and changing facilities.

-Reduce potable (drinkable) water consumption by 30% through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures.

-Optimize energy performance through the installation of high efficiency HVAC equipment and ENERGY STAR appliances and equipment.

-Recycled 89% of the construction waste.

-Selected and installed materials with a high pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content and locally sourced within a 500 mile radius of Wausau.

-Purchased and installed Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products.

-Implemented an occupant recycling program.

-Installed outside air delivery monitoring system.

-Implemented a Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan during construction and flushed the building with 100% outside air immediately prior to occupancy to eliminate any potential indoor air dust or contaminants.

-Chose zero-emitting, Greenguard Certified for Children and Schools, products including: adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, composite wood and Agrifiber products and systems furniture and seating

-Installed MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) 14 filtration media in the air handling system to further provide high indoor air quality.

-Installed lighting, temperature, ventilation and acoustic controls in every patient room.

-Provided views to the exterior in every patient room along with a silent black-out curtain to allow family members to enjoy natural daylight and connect with nature while providing the infant patient with the dark environment they prefer.

-Created a green building educational brochure, video and case study to educate the team, Aspirus staff, and patient families on the benefits of green building design and construction.

Online Reporter: Randy Winter

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