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Innovations in Hospital Architecture (2010)

Routledge, New York. Stephen Verderber. This reference book captures key recent developments in the rapidly evolving field of sustainable hospital architecture. The contemporary hospital is viewed in the context of global climate change, the planet’s diminishing natural resources and the spiralling cost of operating healthcare facilities. Verderber supplies a compendium of 100 planning and design considerations for the building type. The book includes 28 case studies of built and unbuilt hospitals from around the world.


Greening Existing Buildings (2009)

McGraw Hill, New York. Jerry Yudelson, PE. This book tackles the question of the day: how to upgrade the performance of the large stock of existing buildings, to meet the latest green building standards. This authoritative book analyzes all of the LEED for Existing Buildings Platinum projects, features more than 25 interviews with leading practitioners, more than 20 specific building upgrade case studies and numerous tables, charts and illustrations.


Greening Our Built World: Cost, Benefits, and Strategies (2009)

Island Press. Greg Kats. 280 pp. This eye-opening book reports the results of a large-scale study based on extensive financial and technical analyses of more than 150 green buildings in the U.S. and 10 other countries. It provides detailed findings on the costs and financial benefits of building green. According to the study, green buildings cost roughly 2% more to build than conventional buildings — far less than previously assumed — and provide a wide range of financial, health and social benefits. Includes chapter on healthcare cost data, authored by Adele Houghton, Gail Vittori and Robin Guenther.


Sustainable Healthcare Architecture (2007)

John Wiley & Son, New York. Robin Guenther and Gail Vittori, Green Guide Co-Coordinators, Authors. A comprehensive guide to sustainable practices for healthcare, the Green Guide and LEED-HC. Building upon the authors’ combined expertise, the book includes rating system information and guidelines, as well as case studies of the best projects and contributed essays by acknowledged experts on topics related to sustainable design for healthcare. For a review, click here.


Improving Healthcare With Better Building Design (2006)

Health Administration Press. Sara Marberry, ed. Based on the work of The Center for Health Design, which has been documenting and promoting evidence-based design since 1988, this book is written by a group of healthcare and design experts who are leading the movement to improve the quality of healthcare with better building design. Includes chapter on Environmentally Responsible Hospitals.


The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, 2nd edition (2005)

John Wiley & Son, New York. Sandra Mendler, William Odell and Mary Ann Lazarus. The practical reference guide on the integration of sustainable, high performance design covers major sustainability issues on an introductory level. Newly updated, this edition emphasizes the project process, cost implications, case studies, and lessons learned from a wide range of project experiences.


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Urban Sprawl and Public Health (2004)

Island Press. In Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Howard Frumkin, Lawrence Frank and Richard Jackson, three of the nation’s leading public health and urban planning experts explore an intriguing question: How does the physical environment in which we live affect our health? The authors examine the direct and indirect impacts of sprawl on human health and well-being, and discuss the prospects for improving public health through alternative approaches to design, land use and transportation.


The Ethics of Environmentally Responsible Health Care (2003)

Oxford University Press. Jessica Pierce and Andrew Jameton. This book shows how environmental decline relates to human health and to health care practices in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. It outlines the environmental trends that will strongly affect health, and challenges us to see the connections between ways of practicing medicine and the very environmental problems that damage ecosystems and make people sick. In addition to philosophical analysis of the converging values of bioethics and environmental ethics, the book offers case studies as well as a number of practical suggestions for moving health care toward sustainability.



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