Bridgepoint Health

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Our campus is filled with garden spaces where patients and community members can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the outdoors. Visitors can circulate through Bridgepoint's gardens and landscaped walkways, enter the hospital's historic building and connect to Riverdale Park from several entry points.

Our hospital building is designed to be environmentally-friendly and sustainable, and is certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System.

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a certification awarded by the Canada Green Building Council recognizing achievement in sustainable design. LEED Certification has four levels, from Certified to Platinum. Bridgepoint has targeted a minimum certification of Silver. Our LEED building uses less energy, emits fewer greenhouse gases, preserves natural resources, reduces waste and increases the well-being of employees and visitors.

Energy

Bridgepoint Hospital is approximately 30% more energy-efficient than a building designed according to standard building code. This energy efficiency translates to an annual savings of approximately $900,000/year compared to a code building.  A high performance heat recovery system and high efficiency boilers and chillers are located in our new central HVAC plant. Combined with efficient lighting systems and double-glazed windows, the system helps us reduce our energy consumption. Bridgepoint is CFC and HCFC free;that means our mechanical equipment contains no harmful chloroflourocarbons or hydro-chlorofluorocarbons that cause ozone depletion.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Go ahead and take a deep breath. There is no smoking allowed in the Bridgepoint building or within 20 feet of the building entrances. All adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings we've used in the building are low-to-no VOCs. VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds that can irritate or harm you.  A Scent Control policy maintains a healthy environment for our staff and patients.

Comfortable Environment

The comfort of our patients is important at Bridgepoint and a monitoring program has been put in place to help maintain an optimal indoor environment. The building operations team is making adjustments on a regular basis to the heating, cooling and ventilation systems of the building to ensure everyone is comfortable.

Sustainable Sites

Typical plantings require lots of water and fertilizers to grow. By selecting native and hardy plant species we reduce or eliminate the need for additional irrigation and chemicals. At Bridgepoint Active Health we've used drought resistant plants like Prince of Wales Juniper shrubs, Little Blue Stem grasses and Royal Standard Hosta perennials that help reduce irrigation needs by 50%.

Urban Heat Island

Dark roofing materials and dark parking lot asphalt release heat and contribute to the higher temperatures in urban settings. All of the new parking at Bridgepoint is underground and 50% of the roof is a green roof. Combined, this helps to reduce this effect and the green roof reduces the amount of energy needed to cool the building in the summer. 

Our 2014 Conservation & Demand Management Plan helps us meet our sustainability objectives of minimizing energy use and costs, running our facilities as efficiently as possible and reducing our overall impact on the environment.