The intent of this pilot credit is to reduce adverse health impacts and environmental pollution in buildings through implementation of improved maintenance and lead-safe work practices. The credit includes measures to provide staff with the necessary information they need to promote lead safe practices.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Healthcare
To reduce adverse health impacts and environmental pollution in buildings through implementation of improved maintenance and lead-safe work practices. Provide staff with the necessary information they need to promote lead safe practices.
For projects in the U.S, the project must be located in a building built before 1986. If the buildings was built before 1978, all requirements must be met. If the building was built between 1978 and 1986, only the requirements for pipes, pipe and plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures must be met.
For projects outside of the U.S., applicants must show that there are currently no laws or regulations in their country as stringent as those in the U.S. for lead-based paint, lead in solder, and lead in premise plumbing. If there is an appropriate law or regulation, then this pilot credit is available to projects located in buildings built before the applicable law or regulation was enacted. Additionally, projects outside of the U.S. are exempt from the EPA certification requirements, but must detail how they will follow the same approach as required by U.S. applicants.
Perform a lead hazard screen in accordance with 40 CFR 745.227 (c) and as described in the US HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (Chapter 5). If the screen indicates that lead hazards1 may be present, perform a full risk assessment. Address all lead hazards identified in the risk assessment, and if appropriate, the cause of the deterioration.
Perform all renovation, repairs, and painting in accordance with 40 CFR 745, Subpart E, by a firm or property managers/staff certified in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 745, Subpart E.
Retain a history of known locations of lead-based paint and any lead hazard controls used.
Perform a drinking water test in accordance with Section II: Testing, of the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools, Revised Technical Guidance. If any drinking outlet shows lead levels greater than 20 ppbParts per billion. in a 250 ml sample, remedy the issue (see EPA recommended actions in Remedies section II.5).
For all repairs and replacements, use only pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures that are lead free2.
Commit to performing a lead hazard screen and drinking water test annually for a five-year period beginning on the date the project accepts LEED certification or typical occupancy, whichever comes first.
Register for the pilot credit
Survey: Credits 95-105
2 Lead free is defined as a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures (Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, effective date of January 4, 2014). Product must have lead free certification mark or manufacturer documentation confirming it is lead free.
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