This credit can be one of the more challenging to achieve if your project is not currently using compliant cleaning equipment—and many projects are not, particularly those that are paying attention to 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. for the first time.
Teams should become familiar with the required sustainability criteria by equipment type. It’s fairly common for a piece of equipment to meet some but not all of the criteria—the noise limit, for example, can be difficult to achieve.
Complete the equipment calculator provided by USGBC early in your project timeline to better understand your existing equipment inventory and to see where you land with respect to the 40% compliance threshold. It’s also a good time to determine whether any existing equipment is nearing the end of its useful life.
Projects that meet the 40% requirement need to create a phase-out plan for non-compliant equipment. Teams should follow the phase-out plan during the performance period for newly acquired equipment.
Yes, all vendor equipment and leased equipment is included in this credit. That said, for multi-tenant 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 this credit.
No. Vacuums must be CRI certified, operate at 70 dBA or lower, have safeguards, and have an ergonomic design to count as sustainable.
Provide a signed contract from the contractor stating that they will only use products and materials meeting the requirements of the credit within the contract. Additionally, provide a narrative about the scope of the contractor. Are they cleaning the entire building? In order to meet the requirements, cleaning products used on the entire building must meet the requirements.
To reduce chemical, biological, and particulate contaminants from powered cleaning equipment.
Create an inventory of existing interior and exterior equipment, including what is brought on site by vendors. At least 40% of all powered janitorial equipment (purchased, leased, or used by contractors) must meet the following criteria. For existing equipment that does not meet the criteria, develop a phase-out plan for its replacement with environmentally preferable products at the end of its useful life.
All powered equipment must have the following features:
Vacuum cleaners must be certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval/Green Label Vacuum Program and operate with a maximum sound level of 70 dBAA decibel (dBA) is a sound pressure level measured with a conventional frequency weighting that roughly approximates how the human ear hears different frequency components of sounds at typical listening levels for speech. (ANSI S12.602002) or less in accordance with ISO 11201.
Carpet extraction equipment, for restorative deep cleaning, must be certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute's Seal of Approval Deep Cleaning Extractors and Seal of Approval Deep Cleaning Systems program.
Powered floor maintenance equipment must have vacuums, guards, or other devices for capturing fine particles, and must operate with a maximum level of 70 dBA, in accordance with ISO 11201
Propane-powered floor equipment must have high-efficiency, low-emissions engines with catalytic converters and mufflers that meet the California Air Resources Board or EPA standards for the specific engine size and operate with a sound level of 90 dBA or less, in accordance with ISO 11201.
Automated scrubbing machines must be equipped with variable-speed feed pumps and either (1) on-board chemical metering to optimize the use of cleaning fluids or (2) dilution control systems for chemical refilling. Alternatively, scrubbing machines may use tap water only, with no added cleaning products.
At least 40% of all powered janitorial equipment (purchased, leased, or used by contractors) must meet the above criteria. For existing equipment that does not meet the criteria, develop a phase-out plan for its replacement with environmentally preferable products at the end of its useful life.
Project teams can use the Green Cleaning Calculator to track and document purchases for LEED v4 O+M EQ Credits Green Cleaning - Products and Materials and LEED v4 O+M EQ Credits Green Cleaning - Equipment.
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