To earn this credit, 30% of your cleaning products and materials purchases must meet the credit criteria. You can earn exemplary performanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. for this credit if 60% of your purchases meet the credit criteria.
If you take a look at all of the products you currently purchase and can find compliant alternatives for each one that does not currently comply, you can easily achieve 100% compliance. Finding compliant products shouldn’t be hard.
Using environmentally friendly cleaning products is one of the easier and more effective green operations strategies to implement and can usually be achieved at no cost premium. It can be challenging, though, to get the proper product information from vendors and to determine how effective the products will be in practice. While there are plenty of green cleaningGreen cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices. products available, the results of any given product may vary, and it may take your team time to switch to new products and assess them.
To achieve IEQp3: Green Cleaning Policy, you have to develop a policy that addresses the requirements of this credit. The purpose of this credit is to get you to implement that policy to a certain threshold.
Sourcing products can be the most difficult aspect of this credit. Doing it may mean working with your vendor to find compliant products, or doing research on your own—which can be time-consuming.
Having a trusted vendor who understands the LEED requirements can save time, but teams still need to independently assess the products their vendors recommend to ensure the products are compliant. Review the MSDS1. Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are detailed, written instructions documenting a method to achieve uniformity of performance.
2. A report that manufacturers of most products are required to make available to installers and purchasers, informing them of product information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures, the existence of potentially hazardous ingredients, and providing instructions for the safe handling, storage, and disposal of products and other documentation provided with products and make sure that they explicitly demonstrate credit compliance. Also take note that while many companies promote their products as “green,” they have to meet the specific requirements of this credit.
Finding cleaning products that meet this credit is getting easier all the time—most major cleaning supply companies offer compliant products. You may find that your cleaning staff is resistant to switching away from products whose performance they know and trust.
Once you source new cleaning supplies that comply with this credit, plan on a staff evaluation period before you commit to any bulk purchases. This will help determine whether the products work and will give staff the opportunity to adjust their expectations and become accustomed to the new products.
Project teams often forget to include hand soaps and hand sanitizers when documenting the credit. Also, it’s important to include janitorial paper products and trash bags here, and not under MRc1.
USGBC has a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide that is more or less viewed as standard review criteria that allows you to exclude trash can liners that have a thickness of 0.7 mil or less.
No need to track those items, and in fact there are a lot of cleaning-related items that aren’t covered under the purview of this credit. Rather than looking at the whole universe of cleaning products, it’s a lot easier to approach this credit by looking at the four major categories that are covered in the credit: cleaning products, cleaning chemicals (disinfectants, metal polishes, floor strippers, etc.) disposable paper products, and hand soaps and sanitizers.
Work with all of your vendors to identify alternative cleaning products that meet the credit criteria. Remember that only purchases that take place during the performance period apply to the credit calculations and so cleaning activities that occur infrequently may not be included if they take place outside of the credit performance period.
While microfiber rags are considered an environmentally preferable cleaning product, they are not currently recognized in the credit criteria and should be completely excluded from your calculations.
You can use screenshots of the Green Seal website as long as you indicate the products that are actually being used at the project building by highlighting, underlining, circling, etc. Also, be sure that the product name that you include in the LEED Credit Form precisely matches the information listed on the Green Seal website to ease the review process.
For multitenant buildings, up to 10% of the floor area may be exempted from almost any credit, if the area is not under management control. If you do not control the cleaning in more than 10% of your building, you will have to work closely with your tenants in order to achieve the relevant green cleaning credits. For IEQp3, on the other hand, the scope of the green cleaning policy can be limited to the areas directly controlled by building management. This applies to the IEQp3 policy only, and not to the IEQc3 credits.
Products certified under an international third party certification may be compliant with the credit criteria. But it’s incumbent upon the project team to provide documentation demonstrating that the certification is comparable to or more rigorous than the accepted Green Seal and Environmental Choice standards.
Start by creating an inventory of the cleaning products and materials—including hand soaps and hand sanitizers and janitorial paper products—currently in use at the facility. Some project teams will already have access to a comprehensive list of products currently in use. Other teams will need to take some time to put together this inventory.
Check the product inventory against the LEED criteria for each product classification.
The products currently in use may already comply with the credit criteria. In most cases, though, the project team will have to source new cleaning products in order to meet the sustainability criteria.
Establish a system for tracking the cost of all cleaning products and materials, including both compliant and non-compliant purchases. See the Documentation Toolkit for a sample tracking spreadsheet.
Consult your cleaning product supplier or vendor before your team takes on hours of research to identify credit-compliant products. Many suppliers and vendors are familiar with green cleaning products and may be able to offer guidance as to which chemicals best suit the facility’s needs and meet the credit criteria. Take care to verify your vendor’s claims by asking for product literature that highlights LEED-compliant attributes. See the Documentation Toolkit for samples of compliant and non-compliant product literature.
Especially if you get all of your products from one vendor, your vendor may be able to handle the credit tracking and documentation more easily than the project team. It can be very helpful to rely on this—simply make sure that a project team member checks the vendor’s work, and that your cleaning staff can provide feedback on what works.
If your team does not currently use a supplier to purchase cleaning products and materials, you will need to spend some time researching compliant alternatives. Begin by looking into the products offered by your current distributors. Many common manufacturers and retailers offer compliant green cleaning products.
Hand cleaners are often overlooked in the process of pursuing this credit. Be sure to ask suppliers for (or personally research) hand cleaners that do not contain anti-microbial agents.
Avoid purchasing any “green” cleaning product without documentation demonstrating that the product complies with the requirements of IEQc3.3, obtained either through the supplier or through personal research. Note that just because a company claims that its product is green, does not necessarily mean that it is Green Seal certified. Products must be certified to comply with the credit requirements.
The classification of a product determines the applicable certification program. For example, surface cleaners must have the appropriate Green Seal or Environmental Choice certification, and it is not acceptable to claim compliance by meeting CA Code VOC limits for this product class (even though this is listed as one of the product criteria, there are only certain types of products that can meet the credit requirements by complying with the CA Code of VOC limits). This is one way that project teams often go wrong.
In many cases, the MSDS does not specify the environmental standards with which a chemical complies. This may be the case even for compliant products. In the likely event that an MSDS does not contain information regarding LEED criteria, secure other documentation with this information, such as product data sheets from the manufacturer.
There is generally no cost premium associated with green cleaning products.
Dispose properly of old cleaning products if your team has replaced conventional products with more sustainable ones. Locate the appropriate hazardous waste facility in your area and send your old chemicals there. All old chemicals should be disposed of at household hazardous waste facilities – chemicals should never be thrown in landfills.
Order small quantities of new products before committing to a large bulk purchase in order to make sure that the products meet your needs.
Switching to alternative cleaning products may require retraining staff. Some alternative products may require different techniques, tools, or other new practices. For example, some green cleaning products may require fewer applications than conventional cleaning products.
Make sure to track all cleaning product purchases throughout the performance period. This includes both compliant and non-compliant purchases. See the Documentation Toolkit for a sample tracking form.
Track green cleaning product purchases in a tracking sheet separate from the LEED Submittal Form so that it is easily accessible throughout the performance period.
Remember that to earn this credit, you need to demonstrate that 30% of the purchases made during the performance period comply with the relevant credit criteria.
In credit calculations, shipping and handling costs from products must be consistently included or excluded.
The tracking form will do all of the calculations for you and should match up with the math in the LEED submittal template.
Submit product cut sheets for at least 20% of your green cleaning products, by cost. These documents should clearly demonstrate how the product complies with the credit criteria. See the Documentation Toolkit for samples of compliant and non-compliant sheets.
Cleaning staff may be averse to using new products. It is crucial to work with staff to change their expectations about cleaning products (not all green cleaning products are as potent as conventional products) and to help them understand that green cleaning products are viable alternatives to the conventional, toxic cleaning chemicals. Communicate the benefits of green products compared to the conventional products: green cleaning products are much safer to use, and will have less negative impact on indoor air quality.
Antimicrobial hand sanitizers should never be placed near sinks where they can be mistaken for hand soaps and washed down the drain. Any sort of antimicrobial agent should be kept away from sources of water, including sewer systems.
This credit applies only to the products that are purchased during the performance period. It is not necessary to replace your existing stock.
Upload all of your purchasing data into the LEED Online credit form.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
To reduce the environmental impacts of cleaning products, disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags.
Implement sustainable purchasing for cleaning materials and products, disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags. Cleaning product and material purchases include items used by in-house staff or outsourced service providers. One point is awarded if 30% of the total annual purchases of these products (by cost) meet at least 1 of the following sustainability criteria:
For projects outside the U.S., any Type 1 eco-labeling program as defined by ISO 14024: 1999 developed by a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network may be used in lieu of Green Seal or Environmental Choice standards.
The materials and products described above must be purchased during the performance period to count toward the credit.
When purchasing materials or supplies, specify that they meet 1 or more of the sustainability criteria.
Database of EcoLogo-certified products.
Database of Green Seal-certified products, including paper products, cleaning chemicals and hand soap.
Offers a database of green products and services and tools for managing the green purchasing process. An index makes it easy to find and evaluate information about green products and services, calculate the costs and benefits of purchasing choices, and manage green purchasing processes.
Lists the amounts of VOCsA volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a carbon compound that vaporizes (becomes a gas) at normal room temperatures. VOCs contribute to air pollution directly and through atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate) to produce secondary air pollutants, principally ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrate. allowable in various products according to the California Code of Regulations Standards Percent Volatile Organic Compound by Weight.
This spreadsheet categories dozens of specific space types according to how they should be applied under various IEQ credits. This document is essential if you have questions about how various unique space types should be treated.
This tracking form and calculator (with sample included) will help you track your cleaning products and materials purchases and see what percentage of your purchases comply with the credit requirements.
Document credit-compliant purchases with cut sheets showing how the product specifically meets the credit requirements. A credit-compliant and a non-compliant cut sheet are shown here.
The following links take you to the public, informational versions of the dynamic LEED Online forms for each EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems.-2009 IEQ credit. You'll need to fill out the live versions of these forms on LEED Online for each credit you hope to earn.
Version 4 forms (newest):
Version 3 forms:
These links are posted by LEEDuser with USGBC's permission. USGBC has certain usage restrictions for these forms; for more information, visit LEED Online and click "Sample Forms Download."
Purchasing and data tracking must cover the entire building, including tenant spaces, with the exception that teams may exclude purchases for up to 10% of your building's floor area if that area is under separate management. This sample calculation shows the impact of non-participating tenants on purchasing credit calculations.
How does laundry detergent fit into this credit, if at all? If we should include it, how do we show that it's sustainable?
I think you're safe to exclude it entirely from your application since laundry detergent isn't a product category covered by the credit requirements. Interestingly, Green Seal just came out with a new standard for laundry care products in January 2013 - http://www.greenseal.org/Portals/0/Documents/Press%20Releases/GS-48-GS-5.... I'm not sure if any products have been certified yet, but if you found one I think a case could be made for including it under this credit. Of course the detergent would need to be part of your custodial cleaning program (e.g. used to wash microfiber cloths).
Hope that helps!
Thanks for your quick reply, Trista. I'll plan to exclude it.
Just a sidenote: the project in question is a hotel and all of the guestroom linens & towels are laundered in-house. The detergent is a huge part of the cleaning supply budget, not to mention it represents a significant part of what the building occupants come into contact with, both as guests and employees. I guess this is just another example of how LEED is better equipped to deal with office buildings than any other space type -- perhaps something for the USGBC to consider for the future!
Our custodial team uses White and Apple Cider Vinegar Cleaner as a part of their cleaning procedure. How does LEED qualify the use of non-chemical cleaners without established sustainable criteria?
I hope this topic has already gone through an interpretation review. The credit language defaults to third-party certified products.
As a clarification, cider vinegar is a common name for a chemical solution. It contains a mild, organic acid in a typical concentration of around 8%. If a manufacturer were to repackage cider vinegar labeled for sale as a commercial/institutional cleaning product, a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS1. Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are detailed, written instructions documenting a method to achieve uniformity of performance.
2. A report that manufacturers of most products are required to make available to installers and purchasers, informing them of product information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures, the existence of potentially hazardous ingredients, and providing instructions for the safe handling, storage, and disposal of products) or Safety Data Sheet (SDS) would disclose the presence of acetic acid as an OSHA hazardous material. Acetic acid has an established Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for respiratory exposures and is an eye and skin irritant. Other organic acids that would require MSDS disclosure in this percentage range include citric, phosphoric and glycolic acids.
For reference, this link leads to a GHS conformant Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for vinegar with a concentration of 3-7%:
It appears that this manufacturer did not classify the solution as causing “serious eye damage”; a classification that would preclude certification under GS-37.
Thank you for your response. I have looked at the product and it is a kitchen-style vinegar for both the cider and white vinegar. Nothing different from what a person purchases at a grocer to cook with. I know that LEED requires the third-party certified review, but I do not know how to account for something that is not chemically-based.
Does everyday vinegar fall into the category of these chemical solutions? If not, is it required to track the purchase of a non-chemical cleaner? If so, how is it to be accounted for in the tracking?
It seems like there should be a separate category for sustainable purchasing if the product is a truly natural, non-harmful, non-chemical (therefore, not certified by a third-party) cleaning product? IE. We shouldn't be acquiring a negative when the product is neutral or even good.
Has anybody ever included ambient scenting fragrance cartridges in their IEQc3.3 calculations? The language doesn't specifically include such products, but there seems to be some wiggle room in the second category (other products not addressed by the above standards). There is an Environmental Choice standard for odor control agents, and the product I'm exploring already meets California VOC thresholds.
Any thoughts appreciated...THANKS!
Scenting product don't seem like cleaning products to me, but that's just my two cents. Just the opposite, they can mask lack of cleaning.
No real argument there, Tristan. That said, these agents are in buildings more and more ... so I wonder where, if anywhere, they could fit into LEED. Much like cleaning agents, we know chemicals are being introduced into indoor environments for a variety of reasons and we should collectively limit, if not eliminate, toxic components.
Also ... the IEQc3.3 language cites "other products not addressed by the above standards" and "Environmental Choice CCD-115, for odor control additives" and "California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category" ... which all makes me think there's at least a chance to include these agents. And the CA VOC document does include several listings for air fresheners.
Is there any way to confirm this thinking besides submitting an EB O&M application to test it on our GBCI reviewer friends?
This underscores an irony in the IEQ credits. With LEED V4, we are proposing to require VOC emissions testing of every permanently installed bit of drywall, paint, carpet, resilient flooring, adhesive, ceiling tile and furniture in order to gain credit. If enough project teams and manufacturers buy in to make the system viable, a LEED V4 building would open with essentially no odor.
This means that maintenance products and anthropomorphic behavior will be the single largest source of VOCsA volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a carbon compound that vaporizes (becomes a gas) at normal room temperatures. VOCs contribute to air pollution directly and through atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate) to produce secondary air pollutants, principally ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrate. in a building. Think of post-occupancy VOC emitting products as being the equivalent of plug load on the energy side.
If you can smell a material, it is because a molecule is interacting with a receptor in your head. Most of those molecules are VOCs; some are PAHs and synthetic semi-volatiles like synthetic musk.
Not every VOC is bad. A brewed pot of coffee smells good because of the 1,200 or so VOCs inside. However, a single blended fragrance can contain hundreds of VOCs; some natural and some synthetic. Many fragrance formulations use synthetic musk to hold other scent molecules on skin. Some synthetic musks are suspected endocrine disruptors and tend to last forever absobing and desorbing from various interior finishes. Not every natural odor creating molecule is intrinsically non-toxic. Conversely, not every synthetic molecule is toxic. The mercaptan placed in natural gas so we can detect it smells horrible, is natural and has an odor threshold far below the level where it can cause health effects. As with any chemical, natural or synthetic, the dose makes the poison.
To get an idea of the range of VOCs found in fragrance materials, go to
I'm not sure how robust the reference CCD-115 standard is and whether it can be applied to ambient scent emitters. It appears to have been nullified and rolled into CCD-107 at some point in time.
The USEPA Design for Environment program has been engaged in a multiple stakeholder standard setting process for fragrances for several years to address the added fragrance in cleaning products. DfE uses Clean Production Action's Green Screen as its reference standard using many of the same baseline assumptions that are baked into the Health Product Declaration.
In my opinion, a credit for added ambient odor would require substantive technical and policy review. GBCI may have a different opinion or might pass it to the IEQ TAGLEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG): Subcommittees that consist of industry experts who assist in developing credit interpretations and technical improvements to the LEED system. for review. Given the complexity of this issue, my guess is that the review would not happen quickly. Controlling the toxicity of the chemicals emitted is a positive. On the other hand, the V4 Draft EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. Purchasing - facility and maintenance credit also has an option for rewarding a project team for doing nothing to an interior space.
Jared - I have to agree with Tristan here. If a building is cleaned properly, I would expect that ambient scenting fragrance products are not needed. However, if you do decide to list these products in your IEQc3.3 submission -ensure that you include ALL ambient scenting fragrance products, not just the ones that meet the Environmental Choice standard.
Let us know what the reviewers say!
Has anyone heard of a product called E-Cloth? If so, do you know if it meets any of the criteria for this credit?
Documenting the use of an E-Cloth for this credit is similar in nature to the use of using ionized tap water in lieu of chemical cleaning solutions, assuming that you are only using water with the E-Cloth and no chemical cleaners. You will want to reference LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. ID#10141. This Interpretation explains how to document a water-based cleaning program with 3 performance metric options.
1) the project team can show, based on one year of historic cleaning chemical costs, that use of the E-Cloth during the performance period has reduced the purchase of chemical cleaning and material products by at least 30%;
2) the project team can track the total cost of all cleaning and material products purchased during the performance period, plus the amortized cost for the E-Cloth cleaning system (amortized over 12 months); or
3) the project team can track the total volume of cleaning and material products and water used during the performance period and showing that 30% meets the existing IEQc3.3 criteria or is water.
From the FAQs for LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. IEQc3.3 above this comment area:
Are microfiber rags included in these credit calculations?
Hi Garrett, I think this comment is more about using the E-Cloth as part of a water-based cleaning program. Rather that documenting the purchase of individual cloths, the optional performance metrics are based on reducing chemical cleaners by using water solutions. While the use of microfiber cloths are considered environmentally preferable, this does not mean that they are used without chemical cleaners. I would argue that the E-Cloth program is similar to the ionized water cleaning program by reducing chemical cleaning solutions.
I am trying to find the LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. information referenced in your first comment and I cannot seem to find it on the USGBC website. Do you have a link to the information?
We are going to try to use the E-cloth as a part of a water-based cleaning program, to try to reduce the use of chemical cleaners in our building.
Thank you for your help.
go to www.usgbc.org/leedinterpretations. Sign in. And then search for "10141" in the Interpretations database. It should pop right up.
I'm hoping to receive credit for a 100% recycled content seat cover by Ambitex, but I don't see guidelines on the EPA CPG website for seat covers. Can you use this standard for seat covers or must they strictly be Green Seal or Eco Logo?
Hi Samantha, I would make the case that while the EPA CPG does not specifically state seat covers, they clearly fall within the Commercial/ Industrial Sanitary Tissue Product category. And 100% recycled content well exceeds the strictest minimum threshold in this category. Since the Ambitex product is not GS-01, I would list this product’s sustainability criterion as US EPA CPG within the LEED Online Form and upload documentation showing the 100% recycled content.
Thanks for the reply. EPA CPG does tend to require some post-consumerWaste generated by end users (households or commercial, industrial and institutional facilities) of a product no longer able to be used for its intended purpose that is recycled into raw material for a new product. content. If this product ended up being 100% pre-consumer, do you feel it would still qualify? Or is the recycled content types an either/or?
Post Consumer material is required.
Our cleaning company is proposing to use a "Enviro Solutions - Neutral Disinfectant Concentrate #256". First, I'm not even sure which standard/certification (i.e. GS-37) I should be looking for. The reference guide is not clear about disinfectants. Second, if this doesn't meet the requirments, does anyone know of an alternative? Does anyone know which standards address "Disinfectants"?
Hi Thomas, It can be difficult to find sustainable disinfectants, as they are comprised of harsh chemicals. The Enviro Solutions - Neutral Disinfectant Concentrate #256 does not appear to meet the required criteria (Green Seal-40 (www.greenseal.org) or Environmental Choice CCD-112, 113, 115, or 147 (www.ecologo.org)). However, it may meet the last option by meeting the “California Code of regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category”. According to page 52 of this document; http://www.arb.ca.gov/consprod/regs/2009/regs-all-nov2010.pdf, disinfectants must have a VOC level of 1% or less by weight. If the product doesn’t meet that criteria, then I suggest searching the Green Seal and EcoLogo websites for products that meet the criteria listed above. And remember, only 30% of your purchased products by cost need to be compliant. If disinfectants only make up a small portion of the total cleaning products costs, then it may be worthwhile to find other, easier to find compliant green products such as all-purpose cleaners and janitorial paper products.
Thank you... I had a feeling you were going to say that. I already checked the California Regulations VOC level document. I think the disinfectant is like 96% VOC by weight. We are pursing this as an ID credit for a New Construction project, so I'm not exactly sure how the 30% threshold works. I was hoping for 100% compliance. Thank you for your timely response. : )
I am intrigued by the new Hydrogen Peroxide-based disinfectants by Clorox which claim 0% VOCsA volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is a carbon compound that vaporizes (becomes a gas) at normal room temperatures. VOCs contribute to air pollution directly and through atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate) to produce secondary air pollutants, principally ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrate.. You might check them out.
On our campus all cleaning supplies are purchased centrally by our housekeeping vendor. We are struggling with how to assign cost for purchases in an individual building as we don't track purchases per building or which items are used in each building. I believe we need to document a "worst case scenario" but I'm looking for help on what we would need to supply. Breaking down the cost per square foot per building? Cost per FTEFull-time equivalent (FTE) represents a regular building occupant who spends 8 hours a day (40 hours a week) in the project building. Part-time or overtime occupants have FTE values based on their hours per day divided by 8 (or hours per week divided by 40). Transient Occupants can be reported as either daily totals or as part of the FTE. Residential occupancy should be estimated based on the number and size of units. Core and Shell projects should refer to the default occupancy table in the Reference Guide appendix. All occupant assumptions must be consistent across all credits in all categories. per building? Likely noncompliant purchases per space as a percentage of sq ft per building? (e.g. 5% of the building is bathrooms and showers where we use non-compliant products - even if that was 100%, we would still comply)
Hi Emily, Since you have no way of knowing which products were purchased specifically for your project building, I would document this credit just as you would for any other project. Since this credit is calculating the percentage of green products based on costs, it doesn't matter if you allocate a half, a third, etc. of the each product's costs to the project building or not, the resulting green product percentage will be the same. It would be a good idea to send an inquiry to the GBCI to receive confirmation that this or any other alternative compliance path you choose is acceptable before submitting the project for review.
The cleaning product being used is readily biodegradable and met credits towards LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. 2008. But we're going for certification under LEED EBOM 2009? Does the product still qualify?
Maria, What is the product? If you used it for LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. v2008, I would expect that you can use it for your re-certification period for v2009. But I can't say for sure unless I know what the product is.
H2Orange2 Concentrate 117 a Hydrogen-Peroxide based multi-purpose cleaner. It's made by: EnvirOx, LLC
It's on USDA's biopreferred list. It also passed the Carpet & Rug Institute's SOA testing protocol. It's been registered with the EPA in their pesticide product labeling system since 1998 and still approved as of 11/23/11.
Our project building has never been LEED certified. This is our first time.
Thanks for your input.
It appears that Concentrate 117 has a few sustainability labels (CRIColor-rendering index, or CRI, is a scale of 0 to 100, used by manufacturers of fluorescent, metal halide, and other non-incandescent lighting equipment to describe the visual effect of the light on colored surfaces. Natural daylight is assigned a CRI of 100., USDA BioPreferred and it's EPA Registered), but these do not meet the criteria for this LEED credit. I noticed that the H2Orange2 Concentrate 116 is CCD-146 certified, which does meet the sustainability criteria and would count toward your percentage of sustainable purchases. Is this a similar product that you can use?
Good idea. I will bring up this option to the Custodial Mgr and see if a switch to 116 would meet his needs. Thank you so much for confirming that 117 is close, but not going to qualify. I appreciate your expertise!
We are wondering if Benzyl Alcohol and Benzyl Benzoate are considered as antimicrobial agents? The main hand soap used on our project contains both. Thanks!
I’m not an expert in antimicrobial soaps, but I believe this portion of the credit is trying to reduce the use of Triclosan, the active ingredient in antimicrobial soaps. I think it’s safe to say that the ingredients you listed are not antimicrobial (but someone please correct me if I’m wrong). Benzyl Alcohol and Benzyl Benzoate can be found in many soaps, even natural ones.
My project facility has hand sanitizing stations throughout the building filled with a EcoLogo (CCD-170) certified Hand Sanitizer. Does this count for anything? Hand Sanitizer doesn't seem to be addressed under the Hand Soap section of the LEED criteria.
I believe hand sanitizer is addressed under the Green CleaningGreen cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices. Program Prerequisite.
At our campus we use ionized water as a general cleaning solution and thus avoid the purchase of cleaning products that would be used for general cleaning. Is there any way we can count the ionized water usage (which obviously is non-toxic and a better option than a chemical solution) in with our purchases? I'm a little bit stumped as to how to reflect our lessened chemical purchase which puts us at a bit of a disadvantage because 30% of the rest of the supplies then have to be "sustainable". Thanks!
I have previously submitted a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide for using ionized water cleaning systems and it was accepted and is also now a LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. with you can use for your project (LEED Interpretation ID#10141). This Interpretation will provide you with guidance for documenting this credit with using ionized water. Just search for the ID# in the database; https://www.usgbc.org/leedinterpretations/LILanding.aspx
And according to yesterday’s LEEDuser webinar, ionizied cleaning systems will be acceptable for LEED 2012. I know that doesn’t help you now, but worth noting.
That's great. Thank you. Would you be willing to share the "alternate compliance table" you created to document? Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again.
Hello, I have a couple of projects in Mexico city and I need to know where can I find green cleaningGreen cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices. products in Mexico, the only ones that I know and that green seal suggest are from USA, any recomendations?
Thank you very much!!!!!!
When reading about Green Seal GS-09, IEQc3.3 criteria for paper towels and napkins, I saw on Green Seal's website that that criteria has been superseded by the 3rd edition of GS-01, "Sanitary Paper Products."
I haven't seen an addenda on this topic for this credit. Do paper towels and napkins still need to be certified Green Seal GS-09 to count toward IEQc3.3 even though the standard has been superseded?
Good catch! But it appears that rather than being superseded, the products have all been combined under one group of GS-01. The title of the products page reads "Paper Towels, Napkins & Tissue Paper (GS-1, GS-9)," which would lead me to believe that they all still count. To be safe, I'd include a screen shot of this page in your submittal with a little note to the review team: http://www.greenseal.org/FindGreenSealProductsandServices.aspx?vid=ViewP...
A representative from a cleaning company in south america told me that although their products are certified by green seal and environmental choice in the US, it doesn't mean that they are in other countries, since the certification is valid only where the product is manufactured.
The question is: a certified product in the US made under the same standards, by the same company, but in a different country is also assumed to be certified? If the company provides a statment showing compliance with green seal and/or environmental choice standards, would it be ok for LEED?
The issue that I see is that while the product is the same in name, if the products are made on different continents, then at least some of the ingredients for the formulation will be procured from different vendors. Even though it seems like it shouldn't be, a certain chemical ordered from a vendor in Indiana, is not always the same as the same chemical ordered from a vendor in say Sao Paulo, Brazil. These slight differences can have large environmental and human health impacts. This is why unless both formulations, from the different countries, have gone through the certification/review/audit process they do not both receive the certification.
Does a product with the EPA's Design for the Environment logo qualify for this credit?
Not according to the credit language. What's the product?
Many of the Staples Brand "Sustainable Earth" products have an EPA Design for the Environment Logo, but are not specifically Green Seal Certified.
Sustainable Earth by Staples® Graffiti Remover #99 is one of the products I am looking at.
For what it's worth, my toxicologist sister thinks the DfE program makes a lot more sense for minimizing toxicity in cleaning product formulas than a lot of the programs that are cited in the credit language.
I'm not sure that DfE existed prior to the establishment of the current requirements, but I think it is in the proposed language for the next version of LEED. In any event, you can either try in the submittal process to present this as an alternative compliance project (with fingers crossed), or use a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide to get official advance clearance for the approach. The latter is recommended if your are really depending on the credit.
This relates to a questioned I posed on the IEQ cleaning equipment forum in regards to where to draw the line. Fro the cleaning equipment forum I was told to include ALL equipment including vendors that make quarterly or annual visits. We have vendors that come on a quaterly basis to do wood, metal, stone repairs, thus they do not store chemicals in our building. They do use some GS products which we would like to include, but I am not sure how to put a cost on these products as they go with the vendor from building to building and are not directly purchased for the building. Please explain how I can go about measuring these costs?
I would suggest working with your vendor to get them to estimate the cost associated with the volume of product used at your building. Be sure to include a narrative describing which purchases are actually products brought on-site by third-party vendors and explaining how they derived the pro-rated costs that you're using in your calculations.
Our tenants really like their biodegradable trash bags, but apparently these do not meet any of the standards for sustainable cleaning products because they do not contain recycled content. Has anyone heard of a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide related to biodegradable vs recycled trash bags?
I haven't seen one on biodegradable specifically, but how thick are the bags in use at the project building? There's a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide that is more or less viewed as standard review criteria that allows you to exclude trash can liners that have a thickness of 0.7 mil or less. That may allow you to sidestep the issue entirely.
Well, that works. Ours are 16 microns (.016 mil) thick.
We're currently working on a multi-tenant building with multiple restaurants as tenants. Cleaning practices for these restaurants and their kitchens need to not only comply with local codes and regulations, but also be able to remove heavily greasy substances, stains and wet wastes. The measures required to achieve these criteria may or may not be compliant with LEED requirements, and often call for less environment-friendly products than Green Seal. Are kitchen areas necessary to be included in the IEQc3.1 cleaning program and IEQc3.3 calculations if we are to pursue the credits?
If you are including those tenant spaces in your overall gross floor areaGross floor area (based on ASHRAE definition) is the sum of the floor areas of the spaces within the building, including basements, mezzanine and intermediate‐floored tiers, and penthouses wi th headroom height of 7.5 ft (2.2 meters) or greater. Measurements m ust be taken from the exterior 39 faces of exterior walls OR from the centerline of walls separating buildings, OR (for LEED CI certifying spaces) from the centerline of walls separating spaces. Excludes non‐en closed (or non‐enclosable) roofed‐over areas such as exterior covered walkways, porches, terraces or steps, roof overhangs, and similar features. Excludes air shafts, pipe trenches, and chimneys. Excludes floor area dedicated to the parking and circulation of motor vehicles. ( Note that while excluded features may not be part of the gross floor area, and therefore technically not a part of the LEED project building, they may still be required to be a part of the overall LEED project and subject to MPRs, prerequisites, and credits.) addressed by your LEED application, then those spaces must comply with any relevant credit requirements. Now, there are some caveats to that statement:
1) for IEQc3.3 - if you can reach the compliance threshold despite the fact that some of the cleaning products used in those areas do not currently comply, that is acceptable.
2) for IEQp3 and IEQc3.1 - if those restaurant tenants are unwilling to participate in the LEED process, and make up less than 10% of the gross floor area of the project building, you are allowed to exclude them from your LEED application. You'll need to provide documentation upon request to describe the size and nature of excluded spaces, and you must be consistent (meaning you can't exclude them only for certain credits where they'll hurt the overall effort).
That being said, the majority of conventional cleaners that customers are used to using now have green counterparts on the market that perform just as well. It may be worthwhile for your restaurant tenants to make a call to the Green Seal headquarters or their custodial vendor to see if they can suggest sustainable alternatives.
What is the hypothetical performance period for your sample 'Sustainable Cleaning Products – Purchasing Tracking Sheet' above? It looks like Jan-Aug 2009 and 8 months minimum. Or is this level of product tracking required throughout the project? Thanks, John
While the sample document shows an 8 month performance period, the minimum required performance period for all EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. credits is 3 months. For any of the procurement credits, you can track for the minimum 3-month period or extend the performance period back to include the 24 months prior to the end of your performance period. If you have good purchasing history that you want to capture to boost your compliance level, you may want to consider having a longer performance period.
What is the regulation for trash liners? What percentage of the liner needs to be post consumer? Any list of trash liners that meet with LEED regulations? Thanks.
Per page 444 of the LEED for Green Building Operations and Maintenance Reference Guide (2009 edition), compliant plastic trash can liners must meet the recycled-content requirements of the EPA's "Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Janitorial Paper and Plastic Trash Can Liners". The compliance threshold for these Guidelines is a minimum of 10% post-consumerWaste generated by end users (households or commercial, industrial and institutional facilities) of a product no longer able to be used for its intended purpose that is recycled into raw material for a new product. recycled content. We don't have specific product endorsement information, but most suppliers currently carry a number of products that meet these requirements.
Would a trash liner with 20% pre-consumer recycled content be sufficient to meet the requirements, or is it strictly post-consumerWaste generated by end users (households or commercial, industrial and institutional facilities) of a product no longer able to be used for its intended purpose that is recycled into raw material for a new product.?
Hmm, that's a good question. The logic used by LEED dictates that 20% pre-consumer is equivalent to 10% post-consumerWaste generated by end users (households or commercial, industrial and institutional facilities) of a product no longer able to be used for its intended purpose that is recycled into raw material for a new product.. However, the CPG, as written by the EPA, make no mention of pre-consumer content in plastic trash bags. This could be just a simple oversight, or it could be an intentional effort to give preference to post-consumer recycled content. In short, I'm not sure. You can review the CPG language yourself at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/tools/cpg/products/trashbag.htm and feel free to follow up with an EPA service rep. Please share the results on this forum if you're able to get an answer from them.
Our project has been reviewd and following is the comment from USGBC
"Please provide documentation from manufacturers or suppliers that verifies product compliance with the specified sustainability criteria for a minimum of 20% of purchases by cost"
1) Do i have to provide the cut sheets of the products only or also the invoice scans for the purchased products?
2) We comply using 37% of the total purchase by cost.Do I have to give he total inventory and then show that we are using 37 % of products by cost?Is this detail required?
This is a common reviewer comment. You should provide the manufacturer cut sheets for at least 20% of the products that you are claiming meet the IEQc3.3 sustainability criteria. Make sure that the documentation clearly shows that the product meets the sustainability criteria. There is a column in the Credit Form tracking table labeled "Check if documentation provided". When you resubmit, make sure that this portion of the table is completed accurately; if so, the Credit Form will automatically calculate whether you have provided documentation for the appropriate percentage of your purchases.
Is it enough to include a print out of the Green Seal website that lists the certified products?
You can use screenshots of the Green Seal website as long as you somehow indicate the products that are actually being used at the project building by highlighting, underlining, circling, etc. Also, please make sure that the product name that you include in the LEED Credit Form precisely matches the information listed on the Green Seal website so that the LEED Reviewer can easily cross-check both lists.
Does anyone know if USGBC will accept the new Eco-Logo certification for hand sanitizers (CCD-170) as a sustainable cleaning purchase that can count toward credit compliance? I believe it came out a few months ago and I have not seen anything yet.
How does CCD-170 stack up against the existing hand cleaner requirements in the credit language? Is it contradictory or redundant with them?
If not, I would guess that it would be accepted, though I haven't seen anything
specific so I don't know for sure.
Since the credit threshold is low (30%), I might include the compliant hand sanitizers but not count on them for compliance (i.e., have some cushion).
I recently spoke with a representative of a cleaning company while researching the list of cleaning products a client wished to use in her facility. The representative told me that two of their products do not and can not achieve Green Seal of any other certification because of an EPA directive stating that no disinfectant can have ANY third-party certifications associated with it.
Has anyone else run into this situation? Are there any pathways other than established certifications by which disinfectants can meet the credit requirements?
This is an interesting issue that I had not heard about, but I did find this helpful document on the Green Seal website about the relationship between FIFRA and certification.
The representative you spoke with is partially correct. Products registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) cannot display a certification logo such as Green Seal's. However, they can be certified.
Does anyone have experience on how to handle projects in Europe in regards to cleaning products? I'm asking because Green Seal or Environmental Choice labeled products are very hard to find and in some instances impossible. We would therefore like to use the European Eco-Label or Blue Angel (German green label). We think to require an European cleaning company to use products from North-America isn't sustainable at all and defeats its purpose.
Use this guide to find cleaning products that are compliant with the various sustainability criteria for this credit.
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This prerequisite requires you to write a policy covering the same cleaning product purchasing criteria as IEQc3.3, but does not require a certain level of performance.
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