Tennessee hospital going green with cork flooring
Tennessee hospital going green with cork flooring The Franklin Woods Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, routinely saves patients, but according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, the administrators have been taking steps to save the environment as well.
The building includes a number of eco-friendly aspects, and the news source reports that it is expected to be the first hospital in the state to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Many hospital officials expect the multi-million dollar investment to pay off in the long run, and as it may reduce health care costs.
"For every $1 we spend of energy, we have to make $20 to pay for it," Bill Alton, Mountain States Healthcare Alliance assistant vice president for construction, told the news source. "So if we can reduce energy costs we can reduce health care costs."
Among the building's many green features are paint low in volatile organic compounds, a wealth of glass that allows natural light to stream in and Energy-star rated appliances. All non-clinical areas are furnished with cork flooring.
Homeowners looking to go green in their house should consider installing cork flooring, as TLC.com reports that the material is an effective insulator due to it's numerous air cells.