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The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital Building Receives LEED Gold Certification

February 14, 2012

Innovative and sustainable design reflects best environmental building practices

HOUSTON, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The building created to house the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children’s Hospital, one of the world’s first basic research institutes dedicated to childhood neurological diseases, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence in measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance.

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Opened in December 2010, the 13-story NRI facility was designed and constructed to incorporate the key principles of LEED and using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. In particular, the NRI building incorporates several sustainable laboratory design strategies, a noteworthy feature given that research laboratories are high energy users.

“We are very proud of our LEED-certified research building and commend our architectural firm Perkins+Will, and our contractor, Tellepsen, for achieving the sustainable, functional and aesthetically pleasing facility that we all envisioned,” said Dr. Huda Zoghbi, director of the NRI at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of neurology, neuroscience, pediatrics, and molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). “The NRI building provides our multidisciplinary team with a facility that both meets our scientific needs and reflects our shared focus on collaboration with each other and with the world around us.”

Ray Beets, FAIA, principal of Perkins+Will, said the NRI was evaluated in five key categories including sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.

“This LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that the NRI is an environmentally responsible and healthy place to conduct its leading-edge research,” said Beets. “Effective sustainable design is not achieved by simply including an energy efficiency component, but by infusing design strategies that consider resources, climate and functionality from the very beginning of design and construction.”

Many sustainable features of the building have provided a healthful, comfortable working environment and deliver significant energy and maintenance cost savings. The building achieves a remarkable 35% energy reduction off the baseline for lab buildings with the use of innovative demand-controlled ventilation. Creative planning and a comprehensive daylight harvesting system provide 98.5% daylight to all regularly occupied spaces.

In addition to its sustainable features, the NRI building was designed to facilitate the institute’s pioneering multidisciplinary research approach. To help speed discoveries in the complex study of brain development and function, NRI researchers work in specially designed “collaboratories,” — open labs that facilitate the free exchange of ideas, information and resources.

For more information about the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, visit www.nri.texaschildrens.org.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation, Texas Children’s has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children’s is completing a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children’s, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children’s by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

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