Buildings account for a large amount of land use, energy and water consumption, and air and atmosphere alteration. PCI aims to reduce the environmental impact of its medical buildings through its “Building Green” program.
PCI’s “Building Green” program goal is to create structures and use processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from site selection to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction. PCI’s “Building Green” goals are embodied within our Building Green Commitment and Promise.
Our Commitment and Promise- PCI cares about the environment and what it means to our future. By following the following eight steps PCI promises to continuously take measures to use building products and techniques that are safe for people and safe for the planet:
Right Size Building Approach- The integration of your utilization requirements into the project’s equations in order to ensure your medical office/facility is more environmentally sustainable by ‘right sizing’ all the building’s elements (size, systems, equipment, and overall structure) in order to maximize efficiencies
Maximization of Site Design and Development- The maintenance or enhancement of the natural features, while minimizing the impact to the surrounding environment. PCI manages storm water through continuously updated environmental methods thereby minimizing run off and soil disturbance, while incorporating a sustaining landscape design (i.e., xeriscape.)
Building Durability– PCI’s business model requires that we build durable buildings. By doing so, we keep you and your medical office/facility safeguarded from the outside elements. It serves as the outer shell protecting the indoor environment and facilitating its climate control. All building enclosure systems include a solid structure, drainage plane, air barrier, and a thermal barrier all of which are necessary in establishing effective moisture control and energy efficiency.
Resource Efficiency– PCI value engineers the way in which we strategically plan the construction of each project by minimizing wasted materials and conserving our planets resources. These approaches include architectural planning, the conservation of wood and other building materials, optimal value engineering, framing technology, engineered lumber, building systems, and the recycling of materials from shipping containers to lumber cut offs
Green Purchasing- We buy locally wherever possible, both to support local economies and reduce energy used in shipping of materials and supplies long distances
Energy Efficiency- Where practical and economically feasible, we utilize renewable energy sources. Our efficient and reliable designs define the criteria for the selection of energy rated equipment incorporated into your practice
Water Efficiency- Where practical and economically feasible we integrate water functionality into our building practices. By utilizing plumbing fixtures and systems that require less water, you can conserve up to 20% of all your indoor water use saving water volume
Optimizing Indoor Air Quality– PCI believes that it is essential to have a healthy office in order to have a healthier patient. An air tight construction with proper ventilation helps to ensure you the healthiest possible air quality. This building practice reduces potential sources of pollutants, manages and mitigates the possibility of interior pollutants being generated by utilizing low VOC products.