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EQc5 - Indoor chemical & pollutant source control
LEED BD+C: New Construction, LEED O+M: Existing Buildings, LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors, LEED BD+C: Core and Shell, LEED BD+C: Schools
Our building is a 114,000 sf food processing plant, with office space on one side of the building and process spaces and warehouses on the other. In order to fulfill the intent of this credit, all cop...
Our building is a 114,000 sf food processing plant, with office space on one side of the building and process spaces and warehouses on the other. In order to fulfill the intent of this credit, all copy and maintenance rooms have hard ceilings and self-closing doors, and will be exhausted sufficiently to create negative pressure. Air filtration media will provide a MERV rating of 13. Walk-off mats will be installed at all regular entry points into the building, and a cleaning service will be contracted to replace the dirty mats and clean them off-site. We are asking whether the design and cleaning program of our 16 loading bays will comply with the requirements of this credit. To prevent contaminants from entering the building, our loading bay area has been designed with a continuous pit and vertical storing system for the loading docks. We use this design because it far exceeds traditional pit set-up both for cleanliness and thermal efficiency. Such a system differs from the norm for three reasons relevant to this credit: 1) The dock doors close all the way to the dock floor when not in use, preventing dirt and debris from entering. A tight seal is made between floor and door, further hindering pollutant entry. 2) The continuous pit - a space approximately 4ft deep between warehouse floor and bay door which runs the length of the dock bay area and is 18 inches lower than the warehouse floor - serves as a catch basin for dust or particulates coming into the building and allows for easy routine cleaning. 3) Vertical storing dock leveler design further supports easy routine pit cleaning and wash downs by remaining out of the way when not in use. We believe that the innovative design of our loading bays - coupled with the planned stringent cleaning program of this food-grade manufacturing plant - meets the intent of credit EQ 5. Please advise.
The project team is asking whether providing a continuous pit in the loading dock would meet the entryway system requirements of the credit. As described in this CIR, the loading dock entryways into the warehouse do not qualify as regular entry points for building users and thus do not need to be provided with entryway systems. The strategies employed by the project team to reduce indoor chemical and pollutant sources are commendable and encouraged but they are not required by this credit.
**Update October 1, 2013: Applicable credits have been updated.
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