National Academies Press Publishes Summary on Green Healthcare Roundtable

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The National Academies Press has recently published a summary on a green healthcare workshop held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine in January 2006. Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, and Economics, Workshop Summary covers the ethical and economic driving forces for a green building agenda and the concept of expressing organizational ethics in building design.

The summary covers discussion on “natural” features of buildings, such as daylighting, gardens, and nature views, and functional aspects of hospital design, such as legibility, coherence, and wayfinding cues. Roundtable participants also discussed health-promoting design features and messages, such as attractive staircases that lure people from using elevators.

Chapters cover information on health aspects of green buildings, the process of change from traditional building to green building, and presentation abstracts.

Read the summary for free online or purchase a paperback copy for $26.55.