Warehouses-EBOM-v4 EQc8: Green cleaning - equipment

  • Start this credit early—it’s challenging

    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.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • The performance threshold has been raised from 20% to 40%.
    • The allowable sound level for vacuums has been adjusted slightly. Vacuums that operate at 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 S12.60–2002) or less are now considered compliant. Under LEED 2009, the maximum sound level was 69 dBA.
    • A phase out-plan can be used instead of discarding equipment that hasn’t reached the end of its useful life.
    • Teams can now 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. The credit requirements must be meet for 100% of powered janitorial equipment to earn exemplary performance.

    Readiness Review Questions

    • Who is responsible for selecting new cleaning equipment? Who can provide an inventory of equipment currently in use? 

    • If equipment is sourced through a vendor, does the vendor have access to LEED-compliant equipment?
    • If compliant equipment is not currently used in your building, can you make any equipment replacements such that at least 40% of all equipment complies with the credit sustainability criteria?
    • How much of a cost premium is your team willing to pay to achieve compliance? This will vary according to how much equipment you need to purchase in order to meet the 40% threshold. 

    • How obsolete is your current inventory of cleaning equipment? Have there been regular complaints about any particular pieces of equipment from either maintenance personnel or occupants? If obsolete equipment needs to be replaced anyway, that can present a good opportunity to earn this credit.

    FAQs

    In a multi-tenant building, some tenants have their own cleaning contractor. Does their equipment need to be included in the calculations for this credit?

    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.

    My vacuum is CRI certified but operates above 70 dBA. Is it compliant with the credit requirements?

    No. Vacuums must be CRI certified, operate at 70 dBA or lower, have safeguards, and have an ergonomic design to count as sustainable.

    We are using green cleaning contractor that will comply with 100% of the green requirements in LEED for materials and equipment. However, they do not have a way to track the quantity/cost of the actual products that are used at our project site because they use their products and equipment at various sites. How can we show that they comply with the requirements of this credit?

    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.

  • EQ Credit 8: Green cleaning - equipment

    Intent

    To reduce chemical, biological, and particulate contaminants from powered cleaning equipment.

    Requirements

    ESTABLISHMENT

    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:

    • safeguards, such as rollers or rubber bumpers, to avoid damage to building surfaces;
    • ergonomic design to minimize vibration, noise, and user fatigue, as reported in the user manual in accordance with ISO 5349-1 for arm vibrations, ISO 2631–1 for vibration to the whole body, and ISO 11201 for sound pressure at operator’s ear; and
    • as applicable, environmentally preferable batteries (e.g., gel, absorbent glass mat, lithium-ion) except in applications requiring deep discharge and heavy loads where performance or battery life is reduced by the use of sealed batteries.

    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 S12.60–2002) 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.

    PERFORMANCE

    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.

LEED v4 Green Cleaning Calculator

Project teams can use 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. 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.

Product Cut Sheets

Carefully review product cut sheets like these examples to determine whether equipment complies with the credit requirements.

Cleaning Equipment Inventory

Use this spreadsheet to inventory your cleaning equipment and evaluate each item against the relevant sustainability criteria.

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