To carry out the social responsibility of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s policies for “Energy Conservation and Carbon Emission Reduction; Sustainable Development,” the Proton and Radiation Therapy Center commenced establishment and application for (LEED HC) Platinum certification in November 2011 upon President Wang’s approval and became leading pioneers certified with LEED HC (Healthcare) in the worldwide medical community.
What is LEED?
LEED, an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, is a Green Building Rating
System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 and is usually applied to assess
sustainable designs and the construction of buildings. The seven Rating Indicators are as follows:
Sustainable Site, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor
Environmental Quality, Innovation and Design Process and Regional Priority. Of the four grades in the
rating system, the Proton and Radiation Therapy Center building aimed for certification of LEED’s
highest rank (Platinum).So far, the LEEDcertified buildings in Taiwan include HQ buildings such as
Taipei 101(LEED EBOM Platinum) and Farglory Group Xinyi Dist. 03 Finance Center (LEED NC
Gold), as well as some hightech factory buildings (refer to the figure below). In recent years, LEED
HC (Healthcare) has been receiving more and more attention from the medical circle in Taiwan for its
standards of a highquality medical environment and green architecture.
How can you tell that the Proton and Radiation Therapy Center is a Green Building?
Remarkable improvements have been carried out both on the designs of the building itself and on
its surrounding environment in order to get it certified as LEED Platinum; such efforts include 50%
green coverage of Taiwan’s native plants and weatherenduring plants; a rainwater recycle & reuse
system; priority parking spaces for bicycles and vehicles with lowcarbon emissions; green roof;
renewal energy/solar panel installations; light pollution reduction, recreational spaces for
patients/visitors/medical personnel; water consumption reduction; prevention of air pollution
emissions; 40% green building materials for building and interior decorations; removal of hazardous
matters (Formaldehyde, Asbestos, Lead, Polychlorinated biphenyls); sound proofing and High
Daylighting/Low UV Permeability/ High Efficiency Thermal Isolation with LowE Glass. The next time
you happen to pass by the Proton and Radiation Therapy Center, you won’t want to miss the
representative attractions of this green building, which are as follows:
Simple and Plain Design consistent with the Chang Gung Spirit of “Diligence and Simplicity”
Based on the environmentally friendly applications of recycled resources, renewable energy sources and green building materials, the site of the overall Proton and Radiation Therapy Center has neither luxury nor magnificent landscape design. However, the simple designs that incorporate environmental protection and a utility monitoring system for energy conservation will certainly impress you as it integrates the workplace with the natural environment to encourage everyone to become a part of the entity of Earth Lovers and Nature Protectors.