Updated at 8:56 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Palolo Chinese Home receives Leed certification
News ReleasePalolo Chinese Home (PCH) has received The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for their Lani Booth Building Renovation. The LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors Rating System was designed by the US Green Building Council to encourage and facilitate the development of more sustainable tenant spaces. PCH's push towards achieving the LEED designation was the brainchild of former CEO Leigh-Wai Doo. PCH is the first and only senior care center in Hawai'i to receive this prestigious recognition.
PCH received all LEED prerequisites with an outstanding rating of 21 points. Wesley Fong, President and Chairman of the Palolo Chinese Home remarked, "We are pleased and proud to be the only medical facility in Hawaii that has received the LEED Certification. It shows our commitment not only to our residents but to building responsibly, conserving energy and protecting Hawaii's environment for future generations. PCH is truly a leader in providing care for our elders."
This LEED project designation was determined by ratings given on five environmental categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Innovation & Design Process were factored into the requirements.
With roots beginning in 1896, the Palolo Chinese Home was established in 1917 for the homeless, elderly Chinese immigrants in Honolulu, who had no family to care for them. No longer serving only Chinese, the Home continues to meet the needs of the low to middle-income elderly on campus as well as the community through its outreach program, meals to go, day care and overnight respite programs. This year PCH started the Geriatrics House Call Program, where a board certified doctor in geriatrics assists and treats patients in the comfort of their own homes.