What is Evidence Based Design?
Proponents of Evidence Based Design (EBD) research and study how the design of the built environment affects health outcomes. We believe that health begins from the ground-up, starting with a building that conserves resources and celebrates the human spirit. Our clinic is designed to take advantage of natural day lighting, passive cooling, water conservation, and solar electric energy. The floor plan of the building and site plan are laid out with areas that enhance “socially sustainable” functions as well as those inherently required for clinic operational efficiency.
We promote educational programs for women in the areas of family planning, prenatal health, infant care, cervical cancer prevention and nutrition. A bio-intensive garden serves as a teaching tool for women, family members and the community to learn about growing and cultivating produce. Our demonstration kitchen provides space for teaching healthy ways of preparing food.
Clinic Verde is designed by LEED-certified architect Bill Bylund of Valley Architects in St. Helena, California, in collaboration with architect Alfredo Osorio Peters of Managua, Nicaragua.
For more information on the Evidence Based Design movement, go here: The Center for Health Design
You also might want to check out Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-being, by Dr. Esther Sternberg.