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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v4 - LEED v4

Green cleaning - products and materials

Possible 1 point

Intent

To reduce the environmental effects of cleaning products, disposable janitorial paper products, and trash bags.

Requirements

Establishment

None.

Performance

Purchase green cleaning materials and products such as floor finishes and strippers, disposable janitorial paper products, and trash bags. Include items used by in-house staff or outsourced service providers.

At least 75%, by cost, of the total annual purchases of these products must meet at least one of the following standards.

Cleaning products must meet one or more of the following standards, or a local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.:

  • Green Seal GS-37, for general-purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners used for industrial and institutional purposes;
  • UL EcoLogo 2792, for cleaning and degreasing compounds;
  • UL EcoLogo 2759, for hard-surface cleaners;
  • UL EcoLogo 2795, for carpet and upholstery care;
  • Green Seal GS-40, for industrial and institutional floor care products;
  • UL EcoLogo 2777, for hard-floor care;
  • EPA Design for the Environment Program’s Standard for Safer Cleaning Products; and/or
  • Cleaning devices that use only ionized water or electrolyzed water and have third-party-verified performance data equivalent to the other standards mentioned above (if the device is marketed for antimicrobial cleaning, performance data must demonstrate antimicrobial performance comparable to EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Design for the Environment requirements, as appropriate for use patterns and marketing claims).
    • Disinfectants, metal polish, or other products not addressed by the above standards must meet one or more of the following standards (or a local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.):

    • UL EcoLogo 2798, for digestion additives for cleaning and odor control;
    • UL EcoLogo 2791, for drain or grease trap additives;
    • UL EcoLogo 2796, for odor control additives;
    • Green Seal GS-52/53, for specialty cleaning products;
    • California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category;
    • EPA Design for the Environment Program’s standard for safer cleaning products; and/or
    • Cleaning devices that use only ionized water or electrolyzed water and have third-party-verified performance data equivalent to the other standards mentioned above (if the device is marketed for antimicrobial cleaning, performance data must demonstrate antimicrobial performance comparable to EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Design for the Environment requirements, as appropriate for use patterns and marketing claims).

    Disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags must meet the minimum requirements of one or more of the following programs, or a local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.:

    • EPA comprehensive procurement guidelines, for janitorial paper;
    • Green Seal GS-01, for tissue paper, paper towels and napkins;
    • UL EcoLogo 175, for toilet tissue;
    • UL EcoLogo 175, for hand towels;
    • Janitorial paper products derived from rapidly renewable resources or made from tree-free fibers;
    • FSC certification, for fiber procurement;
    • EPA comprehensive procurement guidelines, for plastic trash can liners; and/or
    • California integrated waste management requirements, for plastic trash can liners (California Code of Regulations Title 14, Chapter 4, Article 5, or SABRC 42290-42297 Recycled Content Plastic Trash Bag Program).

    Hand soaps and hand sanitizers must meet one or more of the following standards, or a local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.:

    • no antimicrobial agents (other than as a preservative) except where required by health codes and other regulations (e.g., food service and health care requirements);

    • Green Seal GS-41, for industrial and institutional hand cleaners;
    • UL EcoLogo 2784, for hand cleaners and hand soaps;
    • UL EcoLogo 2783, for hand sanitizers;
    • EPA Design for the Environment Program’s standard for safer cleaning products;

    For projects outside the U.S., any Type 1 eco-labeling program as defined by ISO 14024: 1999 developed by a member of the Global Ecolabelling Network may be used in lieu of Green Seal or Environmental Choice standards.

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