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QA Graphics Assists Healthcare Facilities in Demonstrating Sustainable Initiatives

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May 10, 2011 – Ankeny, Iowa – QA Graphics®, creator of the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard®, is assisting healthcare facilities inform patients, families, staff and donors about their sustainable building initiatives.  

QA Graphics works with organizations of all types to help them inform occupants and the public about their sustainable efforts when building sustainable or making improvements to their existing facilities.  With the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) introduction of LEED for Healthcare, QA Graphics encourages healthcare facilities to share their sustainable accomplishments with patients, staff and visitors.  QA Graphics provides the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard, a creative solution that can help explain why sustainable building for the healthcare industry is unique.  Facilities can share how their sustainable changes reduce energy or water use, and also make the building a healthier place, improving patients’ experience.

The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is a creative display used to educate about a building’s sustainable features and show resource use to illustrate how efficiently the facility is operating.  It can be displayed on a touchscreen or kiosk in a healthcare facility’s lobby, as well as online for anyone to view.  The solution is currently being utilized in over 500 buildings, including schools, universities, libraries, restaurants, commercial businesses and government organizations.  A number of these organizations have utilized the display as part of their LEED certification plans, as it can help contribute towards satisfying a LEED Innovation in Design credit. 

PlantPROCORE“We’re beginning to see an increased interest for educational resources like our Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard in the healthcare industry,” said Dan McCarty, president of QA Graphics.  “QA Graphics is currently developing dashboards for several hospitals seeking LEED certification, to help them illustrate sustainable features that are unique to their facility.”

The display can help sustainable healthcare facilities provide education about their initiatives with a variety of information that is appropriate for both children and adults like: 
•    Real-time resource to show how efficient the healthcare facility operates
•    Animated demonstrations to illustrate how sustainable features, like daylighting, conserve resources
•    A checklist which explains credits met to achieve LEED certification
•    Interactive quizzes or games make that learning about ‘being green’ fun
•    Green tips to show how everyone can be more sustainable

Healthcare facilities can also use the interactive display for all their building needs, such as a building directory, wayfinding, a calendar of events, awards and donor recognition.  Creative displays such as these stand out from traditional donor recognition walls and can serve as an effective marketing tool to inspire other potential donors.  The application is also editable, allowing the end-user to easily update content and images as needed.  To learn more about the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard and how it can be used to demonstrate sustainable healthcare design, visit www.qagraphics.com/eeed.

About QA Graphics
QA Graphics is an innovative graphic development company specializing in the green building industry.  The company is an industry leader in the design of award-winning energy education dashboards used to showcase organizations’ building performance and sustainable initiatives.  QA Graphics also provides comprehensive creative services including graphic outsourcing, 3D design/animation, drafting, virtual tours, multimedia solutions and other interactive content. Visit www.qagraphics.com to learn more.








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