October 20, 2019 (DTE EnergySmarts) – Cherry Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan is committed to high-quality health care for its urban neighborhood. For over three decades, it has worked to improve the health and lives of the area’s residents. Today, it also focuses on improving the environmental health of the communities it serves. This new facility is energy efficient and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
LEED certification is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council in four levels — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Certification indicates that a building has met stringent requirements for environmentally friendly, energy efficient design. To achieve certification, a long list of environmental and energy efficiency goals must be met, including energy usage, building envelope effectiveness, AC refrigerant management, indoor air quality and much more. It’s quite an achievement, especially for a building that houses a large medical center. Cherry Health met each one of these challenges head on and achieved Silver certification.