Healthcare-v4 MRc8: Design for flexibility

  • Extend the life of your project

    This credit encourages flexible and adaptable design strategies to extend the life of your project. Increasing building flexibility is a great way to mitigate waste and the need for new resources.

    Teams should review the design and space-planning strategies offered by this credit and consider how each would impact the programming and design of the current project, as well as support potential future needs at the facility.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • This credit no longer includes minimum requirements for interstitial space.
  • MR Credit 8: Design for flexibility

    Intent

    Conserve resources associated with the construction and management of buildings by designing for flexibility and ease of future adaptation and for the service life of components and assemblies.

    Requirements

    Increase building flexibility and ease of adaptive use over the life of the structure by employing at least three of the following strategies.

    • Use interstitial space. Design distribution zone utility systems and equipment including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, information technology, medical gases, and life safety systems to serve the occupied zones and have the capacity to control multiple zones in clinical spaces.
    • Provide programmed soft space, such as administration or storage, equal to at least 5% of departmental gross area The floor area of a diagnostic and treatment of clinical department, calculated from the centerline of the walls separating the department from adjacent spaces. Walls and circulations space within the department are included in the calculation. This calculation excludes inpatient units.(DGADepartmental gross area: the floor area of a diagnostic and treatment of clinical department, calculated from the centerline of the walls separating the department from adjacent spaces. Walls and circulations space within the department are included in the calculation. This calculation excludes inpatient units.). Locate soft space adjacent to clinical departments that anticipate growth. Determine a strategy for future accommodation of displaced soft space.
    • Provide shell space equal to at least 5% of DGA. Locate it such that it can be occupied without displacing occupied space.
    • Identify horizontal expansion capacity for diagnostic and treatment or other clinical space equal to at least 30% of existing floor area (excluding inpatient units) without demolition of occupied space (other than at the connection point). Reconfiguration of additional existing occupied space that has been constructed with demountable partition systems is permitted. Design for future vertical expansion on at least 75% of the roof, ensuring that existing operations and service systems can continue at or near capacity during the expansion.
    • Designate space for future above-grade parking structures equal to 50% of existing on-grade parking capacity, with direct access to the main hospital lobby or circulation. Vertical transportation pathways that lead directly to the main hospital lobby or circulation are acceptable.
    • Use demountable partitions for 50% of applicable areas.
    • Use movable or modular casework for at least 50% of casework and custom millwork. Base the calculation on the combined value of casework and millwork, as determined by the cost estimator or contractor.

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