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EQc3.4 - Green cleaning - purchase of sustainable cleaning products and materials
LEED O+M: Existing Buildings
The building management team is planning to implement a LEED-EB compliant green cleaning program that includes the purchase of compliant cleaning chemicals. The building management team is considering...
The building management team is planning to implement a LEED-EB compliant green cleaning program that includes the purchase of compliant cleaning chemicals. The building management team is considering using the Procter and Gamble cleaning products listed below, and has requested from Procter and Gamble documentation from a third party testing laboratory that summarizes and verifies on a point by point basis how each of the listed Procter and Gamble cleaning products meets or exceeds the requirements of the applicable standard for each chemical (Green Seal GS-37 or CARB VOC). Once we have this documentation in hand for each of these cleaning chemicals so it is available to submit with the certification application for our building, will these be considered compliant chemicals for the LEED-EB Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials calculations? General Purpose Cleaners Covered by GS-37: Mr. Clean Finished Floor Cleaner, Spic and Span Liquid Cleaner, PGPL Heavy Duty Spray Cleaner Disinfects Covered by CARB VOC: Spic & Span Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray & Glass Disinfectant, Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner, PGPL Daily Sanitizing Restroom Cleaner, PGPL Disinfectant Floor Cleaner, Comet Disinfecting Cleaner with Bleach, Mr. Clean Toilet Bowl Cleaner/Restroom Disinfectant, Clean Quick Broad Range Quaternary Sanitizer, PGPL Carpet Extraction Cleaner Sanitizer Floor Finishes Covered by CARB VOC: PG ProLine Super Durable Finish, PG ProLine All Around Finish, PG ProLine Spray Buff and Mop-on Maintainer Floor Strippers Covered by CARB VOC: PGPL Floor Stripper Carpet Cleaners Covered by CARB VOC: PGPL Bonnet/Traffic Lane Cleaner, PGPL General Use Carpet Spot Remover, PGPL Tannin Spot Carpet Spot Remover
It is acceptable to provide 3rd-party assessment demonstrating compliance with the LEED green product certification criteria, providing that the testing performed assesses all aspects of the applicable standard and is performed in accordance with the testing protocols employed by the cited standard. The burden of demonstrating equivalency to the cited standards and testing protocols is the responsibility of the project team. Additionally, many of the products listed above seem to inappropriately be classified as covered by CARB VOC limits when Green Seal GS-37 criteria would apply. Most general purpose cleaners, restroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, and glass cleaners are expected to fall under the GS-37 criteria. Reverting to the less robust CCR (California Code of Regulations) classification to avoid testing against GS-37 criteria is not appropriate for any product that falls under GS-37 based on the definitions provided under Section 2 of that standard. For example, GS-37 defines glass cleaners as "products used to clean windows, glass, dry erase boards, and mirrored surfaces." Any product used in the project building in that capacity must be tested against the GS-37 criteria for glass cleaners. It is the responsibility of the project team to justify that GS-37 criteria do not apply for all products for which the less robust CARB VOC is used. Applicable Internationally.
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