August 4, 2011
Senior Housing: Going Green
More than a catchy marketing gimmick, in recent years “going green” has become the thing to do, so it’s no surprise that even the senior housing sector is moving towards green living, since its benefits extend to the environment, residents, and operators.
Green facilities consume less water and energy, use solar power, improve air quality and utilize recyclable material. This is accomplished through building designs that allow more natural light to enter, installing solar panels, using low-flow toilets/shower heads, recycling programs, and various other “green” techniques. Owners can also count on future savings since their facilities will be using less energy. In addition, once complete, facilities can receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, legitimizing their eco-friendliness and making them that much more appealing to the new generation of seniors.
Owners and operators may need some help to fund their green-living turnaround, since it may be more costly then conventional construction/rehabilitation. And that’s where Cambridge comes in; we can help you find the right financing solution to help you and your facility save some green – cash – in the long run!