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LEED-EB Overview

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LEED-EB Overview

    DadePaper’s Greensafe Program Provides Opportunities to Earn 2009 LEED-EB: Operations & Maintenance Credits

     12009 LEED-EB: O&M Overview

    LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB:O&M) maximizes operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. As a leading-edge, consensus-based system for certifying green building performance, operations, and maintenance, LEED-EB: O&M provides a road map for property managers, portfolio owners and service providers to drive down operational costs, while increasing occupant productivity in an environmentally responsible manner.

    The LEED-EB: O&M Rating System is a set of voluntary performance standards for the sustainable upgrades and operations of buildings not undergoing major renovations. It provides sustainable guidelines for building operations, periodic upgrades of building systems, minor space changes and building processes. It is intended to provide existing buildings an entry point into the LEED certification process.

    LEED-EB: O&M certification is based on actual building operating performance, not design expectations. The certification application must provide data demonstrating that the building’s operations meet the LEED-EB: O&M prerequisites and attempted credits.

    The performance of the entire building must be included in measurements and calculations; tenant spaces may not be excluded.

    LEED-EB: O&M addresses exterior building site maintenance programs, efficient and optimized use of water and energy, purchasing of environmentally preferred products and food, waste stream management and ongoing indoor environmental quality. In addition, LEED-EB: O&M provides sustainable guidelines for whole-building cleaning and maintenance, recycling programs and systems upgrades to improve building energy, water consumption, indoor environmental quality and materials use.

    To achieve LEED certification, buildings must meet all prerequisites in the Rating System and a minimum of 40 points. The flexibility of the Rating System allows building owners, managers and practitioners to determine which credits to pursue based on performance goals. LEED-EB: O&M ratings are awarded according to the following point thresholds:

    ; CERTIFIED 40-49 points

    ; SILVER 50-59 points

    ; GOLD 60-79 points

    ; PLATINUM 80+ points

     1 LEED-EB Rating System Document provided by USGBC

DadePaper’s Greensafe Program can help earn 2009 LEED-EB: O&M points

The USGBC awards LEED-EB: O&M points in the following categories:

    ; SUSTAINABLE SITES

    ; WATER EFFICIENCY

    ; ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE

    ; MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

    ; INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

    ; INNOVATION IN UPGRADES, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

    ; REGIONAL PRIORITY

    DadePaper’s Greensafe Program, including products and procedures, provides specific opportunities to earn points in the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) category. The Greensafe Program can also contribute, in a limited manner, to credits in the Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE) and Materials and Resources (MR) categories.

SS Credit 2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan

    1 point

    Requirements: Employ an environmentally sensitive, low-impact building exterior and hardscape management plan that helps preserve surrounding ecological integrity. The plan must employ best management practices that significantly reduce harmful chemical use, energy waste, water waste, air pollution, solid waste and/or chemical runoff compared with standard practices. The plan must address all of the following operational elements that occur on the building and grounds:

    ; Maintenance equipment

    ; Snow and ice removal

    ; Cleaning of building exterior

    ; Paints and sealants used on building exterior

    ; Cleaning of sidewalks, pavement and other hardscape

    Greensafe Solution (partial contribution): Purchase and use of environmentally preferable cleaning solutions and equipment for exterior applications.

WE Credit 2: Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency

    1-5 Points

    Requirements: During the performance period, have in place strategies and systems that in aggregate produce a reduction of indoor plumbing fixture potable water use from the calculated baseline established in WE Prerequisite 1. (see LEED-EB: O&M Rating System document for specific information)

    ; 10% reduction (1 point)

    ; 15% reduction (1 additional point, total of 2)

    ; 20% reduction (1 additional point, total of 3)

    ; 25% reduction (1 additional point, total of 4)

    ; 30% reduction (1 additional point, total of 5)

    Greensafe Solution (partial contribution): Purchase and use of auto-faucet fixtures and waterless urinals.

MR Credit 1: Sustainable Purchasing Ongoing Consumables

    1 Point

    Requirements: Maintain a sustainable purchasing program covering materials with a low cost per unit that are regularly used and replaced through the course of business. These materials include at a minimum, paper (printing or copy paper, notebooks, notepads, envelopes), toner cartridges, binders, batteries and desk accessories. Foodservice disposables are also included in this category. However, cleaning supplies are addressed

    in IEQ and the purchases may not be double counted. One point is awarded to projects

    that achieve sustainable purchasing of at least 60% of total purchases by cost during the performance period. Sustainable purchases are those that meet one or more of the following criteria:

    ; Purchases contain at least 10% of postconsumer and/or 20% of postindustrial

    material.

    ; Purchases contain at least 50% of rapidly renewable (10 years or less) materials.

    ; Purchases contain at least 50% of materials harvested and processed or extracted

    and processed within 500 miles of the project.

    ; Purchases consist of at least 50% FSC certified paper products.

    ; Batteries are rechargeable.

    Each purchase can receive credit for each sustainable criterion met. Ongoing consumables must be purchased during the performance period to earn points in this credit.

    Greensafe Solution (partial contribution): Purchase of foodservice disposables meeting the criteria.

MR Credit 7: Solid Waste Management Ongoing Consumables

    1 Point

    Requirements: Maintain a waste reduction and recycling program that addresses materials with a low cost per unit that are regularly used and replaced through the course of business. There materials include at a minimum, paper, toner cartridges, glass, plastics, cardboard and old corrugated cardboard, food waste and metals. Reduce, recycle or compost 50% of ongoing consumables waste stream (by weight or volume).

    Have a battery-recycling program in place that implements the battery recycling policy adopted in MR Prerequisite 2. (see LEED-EB: O&M Rating System document for specific information)

    Greensafe Solution (partial contribution): Purchase and use of appropriate material handling equipment for the collection of recyclable materials.

IEQ Prerequisite 3: Green Cleaning Policy

    Required

    Requirements: Have in place a green cleaning policy for the building and site addressing the following green cleaning credits and other requirements.

    ; Purchase of sustainable cleaning and hard floor and carpet care products meeting

    sustainability criteria outlined in IEQ Credits 3.3.

    ; Purchase of cleaning equipment meeting the sustainability criteria outlined in IEQ

    Credit 3.4.

    ; Establishment of standard operating procedures (SOPs) addressing how an

    effective cleaning and hard floor and carpet care maintenance system will be

    consistently utilized, managed and audited. Specifically address cleaning to

    protect vulnerable building occupants.

    ; Development of strategies for promoting and improving hand hygiene including

    both hand washing and the use of alcohol based waterless hand sanitizers.

    ; Development of guidelines addressing the safe handling and storage of cleaning

    chemicals used in the building including a plan for managing hazardous spills or

    mishandling accidents.

    ; Development of requirements for staffing and training of maintenance personnel

    appropriate to the needs of the building. Specifically address the training of

    maintenance personnel in the hazards of use, disposal and recycling of cleaning

    chemicals, dispensing equipment and packaging.

    ; Provision for collecting occupant feedback and continuous improvement to

    evaluate new technologies, procedures and processes. (see IEQ Credit 2.1)

    This policy must adhere to the LEED-EB:O&M policy model. At a minimum, the policy must cover the green cleaning materials that are within the building and site management’s control.

    Greensafe Solution: Develop a Greensafe Cleaning Program with one of DadePaper’s Greensafe Specialists to meet the requirements. Reference the Greensafe Facilities Maintenance Checklist and Best Practices Document.

IEQ Credit 3.1: Green Cleaning: High Performance Cleaning Program

    1 point

    Requirements: Have in place over the performance period a high-performance cleaning program, supported by a green cleaning policy (IEQ Prerequisite 3) that addresses the following:

    ; Provide an appropriate staffing plan.

    ; Implementation of training program of maintenance personnel in the hazards, use,

    maintenance, disposal and recycling of cleaning chemicals, dispensing equipment

    and packaging.

    ; Use of chemical concentrates with appropriate dilution systems to minimize

    chemical use wherever possible.

    ; Use of sustainable cleaning materials, products, equipment, janitorial paper

    products and trash bags (including microfiber tools and wipes).

    ; Use of sustainable cleaning and hard floor and carpet care products meeting the

    sustainability criteria outlined in IEQ Credits 3.3.

    ; Use of cleaning equipment meeting the sustainability criteria outlined in IEQ

    Credit 3.4.

    Greensafe Solution: Develop a Greensafe Cleaning Program with one of DadePaper’s Greensafe Specialists to meet the requirements. Reference the Greensafe Facilities Maintenance Checklist and Best Practices Document.

    IEQ Credits 3.2: Green Cleaning - Custodial Effectiveness Assessment 1 Point

    Requirements: Conduct an audit in accordance with APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities’ (APPA) “Custodial Staffing Guidelines” to determine the appearance level of the facility.

    ; The facility must score 3 or less

    Greensafe Solution: Conduct a site survey with one of DadePaper’s Greensafe Specialists to prepare for the audit using the APPA framework.

    IEQ Credits 3.3: Green Cleaning - Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials 1 Point

    Requirements: Implement sustainable purchasing for cleaning materials and products, disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags. Cleaning product and material purchases include building purchases for use by in house staff or used by outsourced service providers. One point is awarded if 30% of total annual purchases of these products (by cost) that meet at least one of the following sustainability criteria.

    The cleaning products must meet one or more of the following standards for the appropriate category:

    ; Green Seal GS-37, for general purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners used

    for industrial and institutional purposes.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-110, for cleaning and degreasing compounds.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-146, for hard surface cleaners.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-148, for carpet and upholstery.

    Disinfectants, metal polishes, floor finishes, strippers or other products not addressed by the above standards meet one or more of the following standards for the appropriate category:

    ; Green Seal GS-40, for industrial and institutional floor care products.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-112, for digestion additives for cleaning and odor

    control.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-113, for drain or grease trap additives.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-115, for odor control additives.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-147, for hard floor care.

    ; California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific

    product category.

    Disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags meet minimum requirements of one of more of the following programs for the applicable product category:

    ; U.S. EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Janitorial Paper and Plastic

    Trash Can Liners.

    ; Green Seal GS-09, for paper towels and napkins.

    ; Green Seal GS-01, for tissue paper.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-082, for toilet tissue.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-086, for hand towels.

    ; Janitorial paper products derived from rapidly renewable resources or made from

    tree-free fibers.

Hand soaps meet one or more of the following standards:

    ; No antimicrobial agents (other than preservative) except where required by the

    health codes and other regulations (i.e. food service, healthcare).

    ; Green Seal GS-41, for industrial and institutional hand cleaners.

    ; Environmental Choice CCD-104, for hand cleaners and hand soaps.

    The Material and Products described above must be purchased during the performance period to earn points in this credit.

    Greensafe Solution: Use of Environmentally Preferable towels, tissue, can liners, soaps and cleaning chemicals from DadePaper that meet the above standards.

IEQ Credit 3.4: Green Cleaning: Sustainable Cleaning Equipment

    1 point

    Requirement: Implement a program for the use of janitorial equipment that reduces building contaminants and minimizes environmental impacts. The cleaning equipment program must require the following:

    ; Vacuum cleaners are certified by the CRI “Green Label” Testing Program and

    operate with sound level less than 70dBA.

    ; Carpet extraction equipment used for restorative deep cleaning carpet is

    certified by the CRI, “Seal of Approval” Testing Program, for deep cleaning

    extraction.

    ; Powered floor maintenance equipment, including electric and battery-powered

    buffers and burnishes, are equipped with vacuums, guards and/or other

    devices for capturing fine particulates, and shall operate with sound level less

    than 70dBA.

    ; Propane-powered floor equipment has high efficiency, low emission engines

    with catalytic converters and mufflers that meet California Air Resource

    Board or EPA standards for the specific engine size and operate with a sound

    level of less than 90 dBA.

    ; Automatic scrubbing machines are equipped with variable-speed feed pumps

    and on board metering to optimize the use of cleaning fluids.

    ; Battery-powered equipment is equipped with environmentally preferable gel

    batteries.

    ; Powered equipment is ergonomically designed to minimize vibration, noise

    and user fatigue.

    ; Equipment is designed with safeguards such as rollers or rubber bumpers to

    reduce potential damage to building surfaces.

    Keep a log for all powered housekeeping equipment to document the date of equipment purchase and all repair and maintenance activities and include vendor specification sheets for each type of equipment in use.

    Greensafe Solution: Use of equipment and tools with low environmental impact meeting the above standards and maintain proper records.

IEQ Credit 3.5: Green Cleaning Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control

    1 point

    Requirements: Employ permanent entryway systems (grilles, grates, mats) at least 10 feet long in the primary direction of travel to capture dirt and particulates entering the building at all public entryways, and develop the associated cleaning strategies to maintain those entryway systems, as well as exterior walkways. Entryways that are not in use or serve only as emergency exits are excluded from the requirements.

    Greensafe Solution: Installing entrance matting and establishing cleaning procedures.

    Additional credits are available in many areas outside of the Greensafe Program. Please visit www.usgbc.org and refer to the 2009 LEED-EB: O&M rating system for

    a complete description of the Prerequisites, the 100 possible Base points and 10 possible Innovation/Regional Priority.

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