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What is LEED®?
LEED®, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the US Green Building Council’s certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED® is the most widely recognized and widely used green building program across the globe. More than 54,000 projects are currently participating in LEED®, comprising more than 10.1 billion square feet of construction space.LEED®-EBOM
LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance is the Rating System that addresses ongoing operations and maintenance of a building. Today, it is the most widely used of the various Rating Systems and has the greatest potential impact on the environment, as well as on occupant health and performance due to the fact that there are so many more existing buildings compared to those that are under construction.
The requirements for cleaning are within the LEED®-EBOM Rating System. The USGBC recognizes the importance of cleaning. It requires all projects to develop a Green Cleaning Policy and provides up to nine points for activities typically carried out by the cleaning personnel like recycling and integrated pest management. Few other areas offer a prerequisite and so many points.
In addition, many projects such as LEED® for New Construction use the cleaning prerequisite and credits to achieve an Innovation Credit to ensure that the appropriate cleaning is done in all LEED® buildings.
Today, Green Cleaning is often considered the “low hanging fruit” for all LEED® projects.LEED® Version 4
In November of 2013, the members of the USGBC approved changes to the various LEED® Rating Systems. While the changes become mandatory on June 1, 2015; the improvements can be used today. This is especially valuable for the cleaning prerequisite and credits which recognize the ongoing innovation taking place within the cleaning industry and provides additional pathways to achieve the requirements and to further reduce a building’s impact on health and the environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do products have to have Green Seal (or some other third-party ecolabel) to qualify for the green cleaning point?
No. While the products have to meet the health, environmental and performance criteria found in third-party standards and ecolabels, the USGBC does not require that the products are actually certified. P&G Professional provides independent laboratory testing data and affidavits demonstrating that products meet the LEED® requirements.What type of documentation do I need from the supplier to confirm products meet LEED® requirements?
Independent third-party affidavits can demonstrate compliance. Ask your P&G Professional representative for details or call 1-888-474-7765.What is LEED®?
Yes. In LEED®-EBOM 2009 it is possible for cleaning products on their own to earn the credit/point because it requires only 30% of the combined purchase of cleaning chemicals, sanitary paper products and plastic trash can liners have to meet the requirements. However in LEED®-EBOM V4 the requirement increases to 75% of the total purchases. While cleaning chemicals alone won’t typically meet this requirement, but the credit/point cannot be earned without using “green” cleaning chemicals.How do I verify what the supplier is providing?
The supplier should be able to provide the documentation necessary to demonstrate that the products meet the requirements.How do I get an Innovation Credit for cleaning in a LEED®-NC (or other) Project?
This is a common and well accepted practice among non-LEED®-EBOM projects. To achieve the Innovation Credit, follow the requirements found in the cleaning prerequisite and cleaning credits in LEED®-EBOM using the format for a policy as recommended by the USGBC.