Under this prerequisite, school projects must prohibit all smoking inside buildings. Designated interior smoking areas are not allowed. You may designate exterior smoking areas as long as they are 25 feet or more from entrances, operable windows, and ventilation system intakes.
You aren’t required to prohibit smoking during construction, but is good practice and will contribute to compliance with other indoor environmental quality credits, including IEQc3.1 and IEQc3.2, Construction IAQ Management PlanA construction IAQ management plan outlines measures to minimize contamination in a specific project building during construction and describes procedures to flush the building of contaminants prior to occupancy..
Determine smoking policies with the help of building owners, and identify exterior smoking areas if applicable. Incorporate the project’s requirements into the Owner’s Project Requirements developed for building commissioning (see EAp1).
Eliminating smoking in a building costs virtually nothing and is the simplest way to control environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Possible associated costs include the cost of signage indicating that the building is nonsmoking and the development of a nonsmoking policy. Benefits include occupant health and productivity as well as reduced cleaning and maintenance with the absence of butts, ash, and tobacco smoke residue.
Incorporate smoking policy signage into plans and construction specifications.
Ensure that designated outdoor smoking areas remain 25 feet or more from entrances, operable windows, and ventilation system intakes. Designate the location of these areas on design drawings.
Fill out the LEED credit template once documents are complete, and upload all supporting documentation to LEED Online.
A nonsmoking policy during construction is not required for this prerequisite, but it is a good idea for the contractor to adopt and enforce such a policy, particularly after the enclosure is installed. This policy can help also achieve EQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan
Enforce the nonsmoking policy. Non-smoking policies can be implemented with communication, documentation, and building signage.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Schools New Construction and Major Renovations
To eliminate exposure of building occupants, indoor surfaces, and ventilation air distribution systems to environmental tobacco smoke (ETSEnvironmental tobacco smoke (ETS), or secondhand smoke, consists of airborne particles emitted from the burning end of cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, and is exhaled by smokers. These particles contain about 4,000 compounds, up to 50 of which are known to cause cancer.).
Prohibit smoking in the building.
Prohibit on-property smoking within 25 feet (8 meters) of entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.
Provide signage to allow smoking in designated areas, prohibit smoking in designated areas or prohibit smoking on the entire property.
Prohibit smoking in schools.
ANR advocates for non-smokers' interests and provides information for those wishing to prohibit smoking in public places.
This EPA document summarizes environmental tobacco smoke research and provides information on national laws targeting the issue.
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.
Establish and communicate a policy prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of building openings.
Provide a map showing that designated outdoor smoking areas are 25 feet or more from building openings.
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Documentation for this credit can be part of a Design Phase submittal.
On the form for this credit, there is an option to upload IEQp2-RS1. Quoting form: "Provide a document with the statement copied directly from Required Signatory IEQp2-1, signed and dated by the owner on letterhead."
Where do we find this form?
I have not heard of a specific form for this. You can just take a screenshot of the portion of the form the required signatory needs to sign, including the statement they are agreeing to. Put that image on a word document and have them sign it. You can then upload that as a PDF.
Hope that helps!
State law prohibits smoking in and around all public buildings. Therefore, the school system usually doesn't put up signage for no smoking. Will the written law satisfy the credit or will we need to have signs made?
It seems like the state law may be insufficient to demonstrate compliance given that signage is explicitly required by the prerequisite. It might work if you could make the case that everyone who entered the school would be informed about the smoking policy in an alternative way. Otherwise, some visitors could be unaware of the law or just need a reminder.
We are prohibiting smoking on the entire school property. The LEED Online template v3 prompts "Provide evidence of signage communicating the exterior smoking policy. Drawing(s) with signage details or photos are acceptable." The written smoking policy states that it "shall require the posting of signs as required by R.C. 3794.06..." Are drawings of the sign still needed, or will this written smoking policy be enough to satisfy the prereq?
I think the requirement is asking you to go a bit further, i.e. provide some evidence of the actual signage.
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