Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Healthcare
To ensure that the site is assessed for environmental contamination and if contaminated, that the environmental contamination has been remediated to protect children’s health.
Conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (as described in ASTMVoluntary standards development organization which creates source technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services E1527-05) to determine if environmental contamination exists at the site. If contamination is suspected, conduct a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment [as described in ASTM E1903-97 (2002)].
Sites that are contaminated due to the past existence of a landfill on the site are prohibited. If the site is otherwise contaminated, then it must be remediated to meet local, state or federal EPA region residential (unrestricted) standards, whichever is the most stringent. Documentation from the authority must be provided, such as EPA’s Ready for Reuse document, to prove “safe” levels of contamination have been achieved. As the remediation process leads to significant environmental benefit, one point (in SS Credit 3, BrownfieldAbandoned, idled, or under used industrial and commercial facilities/sites who expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination (may include hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants). They can be in urban, suburban, or rural areas. EPA's Brownfields initiative helps communities mitigate potential health risks and restore the economic vitality of such areas or properties. (EPA) Redevelopment) will be given for successful documented remediation of the site.
Hi, I am working on the LEED aspects of a healthcare project in KSA. A full and detailed EIA Study for the project was completed to local standards and no contaimination was found. The EIA states that soil quality testing was completed to Dutch Standards as no local standards exist for this. The EIA has recommended a number of measures to be implented during design, construction and operation phase.
Will the USGBC accept this EIA as complying with the intent of SSp2 Environmental SIte Assessment?
Lesley, 2009 LEED Healthcare projects, with regard to SSp2, offers alternative compliance paths that permit state or local standards as replacements for discovery and subsequent remediation, if required. Assuming KSA is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you can use the Global Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). Per ACP relative to SSp2: Projects outside the U.S. may use a local equivalent to ASTMVoluntary standards development organization which creates source technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services E1527-05 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and ASTM E 1903-97 Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.
Your statement that the EIA was completed to local standards and no contamination was found should close the deal. IMO, the fact the EIA recommended a number of measures to be implemented during design, construction and operation phase per Dutch Standards appears to be cautionary measures as opposed to remediation efforts.
The Global Alternative Compliance Path is in its infancy and constantly under review and tweaking. So I feel there may be more open interpretation than normally offered to projects within the U.S., which at times is quite liberal. However, given the fact this is a mandatory prerequisite and addresses relatively virgin territory, as a precaution I would contact USGBC/GBCI for some degree of assurance.
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