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Vineyard CFH office earns LEED Gold Certification

Oxnard, California, 04/19/2011

Community Memorial Health System’s new state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly Vineyard Center for Family Health office has earned a Gold LEED– Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – certification from the United States Green Building Council.

CMHS received official notification via e-mail on Tuesday, March 15. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies intended to improve performance in areas such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction and improved indoor environmental quality, as well as stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

The office, located at 2361 East Vineyard Ave., opened in November 2010 and is the first medical facility in Ventura County to earn LEED certification at any level. Gold is the second highest level (60-79 points out of 100 in the scoring system) behind only Platinum, (80-100 points) that the USGBC awards. The remaining levels are Silver (50-59 points) and Certified (40-49 points).

To earn LEED certification, CMHS used diverse green strategies in the following areas:

  • Energy efficiency: The Vineyard Center was designed to make the best use of natural lighting. It also saves energy and money through use of photo-sensor lighting controls, LED light fixtures, motion sensing lighting controls, ultra-efficient air conditioners and Energy Star appliances and equipment.
  • Water efficiency: The center uses pressure-assist toilets, low-flow faucets, pint-flush urinals, foot-petal sink controls and automatic faucet controls to reduce water use.
  • Sustainable materials: The center has natural linoleum flooring, recycled-content carpeting, “agrifiber” cabinet cores, recycled acoustic ceiling tiles, recycled glass countertops, recycled glass floor tiles and recycled vinyl wall coverings as well as re-used and locally-made furniture.
  • Indoor environmental quality: Since the concentration of pollutants inside a building can be 2-5 times higher than outside levels, the center is promoting a healthy indoor environment through increased ventilation rates, low-emitting adhesives, no-formaldehyde wood products, low-emitting paints, extensive use of skylights and “green-label” carpets.

The Vineyard Center also has an educational component for its patients: Placards in the facility explain what each of the materials is made of and how it is used.

“We feel that being green is connected to being healthy,” said Haady Lashkari, chief administrative officer of Ojai Valley Community Hospital and initiator of the LEED project. He added that the strategies that prove successful in the Vineyard Center will be used in the new Community Memorial Hospital that is expected to open in 2014.

At more than 10,000 square feet, the new Vineyard site also is nearly twice the size of the CFH Citrus Grove office it replaced, with more workstations and larger waiting rooms. And unlike its previous location, the new Vineyard center offers primary care and specialty care services in separate areas of the building. Specialty care areas include: internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric and women’s health, cardiology, psychiatry and rheumatology.
Since its inception in 1998, the U.S. Green Building Council has grown to encompass more than 14,000 projects in the United States and 30 countries. The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by USGBC members are publicly reviewed for approval by the almost 20,000 member organizations that constitute the USGBC.

Centers for Family Health is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.