Efficiency, energy conservation and sustainability were key planning principles
Vermont Business Magazine Building on its longstanding leadership in environmental sustainability, the Miller Inpatient Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center has received LEED Gold certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the US Green Building Council ( USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. This milestone is an important step towards the goal of becoming one of the most environmentally responsible healthcare organizations in the country, while supporting the health of our communities.
Efficiency, energy conservation and sustainability were key planning principles from the start of the Miller Inpatient Building project, which officially opened to patients in June 2019.
Every aspect of the project was designed with patients and the environment in mind, through a process that included key feedback provided by a dedicated group of patient advisors. Important components of the project reducing environmental impacts include special exterior glazing, an efficient heating, air and cooling system, and innovations such as denim-jeans insulation and recycled lightweight concrete.
“We are thrilled to receive this designation and continue to take pride in providing high quality care at this incredible facility,” said Stephen Leffler, MD, President and Chief Operating Officer of UVM Medical Center. “Our patients and their families tell us that they love receiving care in the Miller Building, which we attribute to the energy efficient design and the safe and welcoming environment for patients, families and staff. It is a great recognition for the dedicated people who designed, built and worked in this space.
The Miller Inpatient Building is designed to use half the energy of a comparable hospital, and the facilities team at UVM Medical Center is able to monitor the building’s energy consumption to ensure it is running effectively. When the building was completed, the total energy consumption of the hospital campus decreased by approximately 6% overall due to upgrades and energy saving investments in the central plant and the infrastructures carried out to support the building. In other words, the hospital uses less energy than before the construction of the Miller Inpatient Building.
During construction of the building, 87% of the workers on the project were Vermonters and 100% of the materials for the project came from within a 500-mile radius. More than 35 Vermont contracting companies have worked on the Miller Inpatient Building.
UVM Medical Center is proud to highlight several other areas of the hospital that have received LEED Gold certification, including Radiation Oncology, Clinical Research Center, Mother-Baby Unit, Garden Atrium and Essex Primary Care.
“Achieving LEED certification is about more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and inspiring others to do better,” said Peter Templeton, President and CEO of USGBC. “Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role buildings play in this effort, UVM Medical Center is creating a path forward with its LEED certification.”
About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center is a 499-bed regional tertiary care referral center that provides advanced care to approximately 1 million residents of Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are the University Medical Center of Vermont. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.
The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Networkan integrated system established to provide high quality academic medicine to every community we serve.
About the US Green Building Council
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a healthy, resilient, and equitable future for all through the development of green buildings, cities, and communities. For more than 20 years, USGBC has advanced green building practices through the development of LEED, the world’s most widely used green building program. With the support of thousands of members, volunteers, and partners, USGBC offers robust green building training courses, a rigorous professional certification program, and advocates for effective public policy. It brings together an international network of green building and sustainability leaders through the annual Greenbuild International conference and expo and forward-thinking programs including the Center for Green Schools. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Burlington, Vermont – UVMMC 11.3.2022