Cleveland Clinic is committed to building and operating healthy environments for work and healing. In 2007, Cleveland Clinic (CC) adopted the US Green Building Council’s LEED system to ensure that all future construction supports a healthy environment. In 2008, we began to complete the interiors of a recent building, called JJ North, at the corner of Chester and E. 93rd Street, connected to our recently completed visitor parking garage. The interior of the JJ office building received LEED-CI Silver Certification on July 26, 2009.
The project houses over 400 employees. The interiors were designed to meet LEED criteria, and provide a healthy environment for our employees. The building has access to amenities within walking distance and to public transit and shuttle bus system. The building is designed to use 30% less water than typical construction and has incorporated energy efficiency strategies including daylight harvesting and Energy Star rated equipment. The building is designed to be flexible to avoid waste in the future and the furniture contains recycled content. 89% of construction debris was recycled, and most major building materials were sourced from within 500 miles of Cleveland, supporting our local economy.
Measuring Our Green Building Results
The US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system outlines standards on a point-based system. Points are categorized as noted in this diagram, with a set number of available points in each category, based on the building type. We track our LEED projects throughout the design and construction process, and submit the required documentation to the USGBC at project completion for certification. We have noted the number of achieved points in each category in green, the attempted points in dark gray and the total available points in light gray.