Green roof at University of Michigans Childrens and Womens Hospital Photo courtesy of UM Health System

The University of Michigan's new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich., has a green roof.

Construction Zone: Green Health (with Related Video)

The University of Michigan's new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital have received LEED silver certification for high-performance, energy-efficient, green construction, design and operation.

The facility was built using strategies aimed at improving performance, including energy savings; water efficiency; CO2 emissions reduction; improved indoor environmental quality; and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

The new green roof on the hospitals filters rainfall as part of a natural stormwater-management system. Planted with sedum, a drought-resistant perennial groundcover, the living roof helps insulate the building and reduce energy loss, contributes to overall air quality and reduces the urban heat-island effect. The eco-friendly roof also is expected to last twice as long as a conventional roof.

Most of the flooring in the new building is rubber-based, which does not require waxing, stripping or finishing. The floors are PVC and chlorine-free, contributing to the overall indoor air quality.

Other green features:

  • 84.6 percent of wood materials are certified in accordance with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) principles.
  • Construction equipment operated on biodiesel fuel.
  • Interior materials such as carpet, paint, adhesives and composite woods, were chosen for low-emittance characteristics.
  • HEPA filters enhance air quality for immuno-compromised and other high-risk patients.

The facility, which opened last December, was completed by UM Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

Related Video

Watch a related video about the history of the hospitals.

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