I’ve Got a LEED Project – Now What?
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System has had a tremendous impact on the commercial real estate industry since its introduction to the market in 2000.
There is now over 1,594,912,217 square feet of LEED certified commercial space representing a total of over 24,600 projects as of the date of this writing in October 2011.
As a result, there are an increasing number of conversations taking place between property owners and their cleaning crews requesting that there be a green cleaning program implemented in the building that can “meet LEED requirements” - and in some cases the building establishes a goal to be meet these requirements and be “like LEED” even though it isn’t even working toward a LEED certification!
How Does Green Cleaning Fit In?
An effective Green Cleaning program can contribute to any LEED (or “like LEED”) project –
For the LEED rating systems focused on design and construction (LEED for New Construction, LEED for Core and Shell, LEED for Commercial Interiors and LEED for Schools), a Green Cleaning Policy can contribute to earning an Innovation in Design (ID) credit.
For the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Green Building Rating System, a Green Cleaning Policy is a Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) Prerequisite, and implementing a Green Cleaning Program can help a project earn other EQ credits which can contribute toward certification.
The LEED EBOM Green Cleaning Checklist
Following is a checklist of what you should address to implement a Green Cleaning Program for your LEED EBOM (or “like LEED EBOM”) project:
- Write a Green Cleaning Policy – write a policy that describes your facilities goals, and details the specific steps you will be taking to reach those goals
- Implement a High Performance Green Cleaning Program – once you have “called your shot” with the Green Cleaning Policy, implement your plan with a High Performance Green Cleaning Program
- Evaluate Custodial Effectiveness – assess the effectiveness of your custodial operations to make sure you are meeting your expectations for building cleanliness
- Purchase Green Cleaning Supplies – cleaning chemicals, sanitary paper products, trash liners, and hand soaps – everything you need to clean when you want to go green can be found at WAXIE (of course)!
- Use Green Cleaning Equipment – vacuum cleaners, carpet extractors, floor burnishers, and autoscrubbers – just to name a few – WAXIE is the place to go for green cleaning equipment sales, service and support!
- Employ Entryway Matting – an effective way to keep the building clean is to utilize entryway matting to scrape the dirt and moisture off occupants feet before they enter the building
- Devise an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Strategy – strive to keep the facility as clean and dry as possible so pests don’t have a food source – and work with a pest control vendor who can implement an IPM program
GPS® Green Partner Support™
WAXIE has LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and offers GPS Green Partner Support to their customers interested in implementing a Green Cleaning Program for LEED (and “like LEED”) projects – call your local Sanitary Maintenance Consultant to start the journey toward meeting your green cleaning goals!
WAXIE’s LEED Journey
WAXIE doesn’t just talk the talk – WAXIE walks the walk. See info on WAXIE’s own LEED Silver Certified Inventory Centers