Entry Type ID Date Applicable Rating System Primary Credit Inquiry (LIs) Ruling (LIs) Related Addenda/LIs Related Resources Campus Applicable Internationally Applicable Country Applicability Reference Guide (Addenda) Page (Addenda) Location (Addenda) Description of Change (Addenda) "Reference Guide Correction" "100000275" "2009-11-02" "Existing Buildings" "None" "None" "Green Building Operations and Maintenance, 2009 edition" "446" "12. Definitions, Green cleaning" "Replace the term description with the text ""Green 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.""" "Global ACP" "100001482" "2012-07-06" "Existing Buildings" "None" "None" "X" "Green Building Operations and Maintenance, 2009 edition $ Green Building Operations and Maintenance, 2009 edition, updated April 2010 " "EB O+M RS: 92" "Requirements" "Add the following sentence after the final bullet point and before the final paragraph: ""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.""" "LEED Interpretation" "10099" "2011-08-01" "Existing Buildings, Schools - Existing Buildings, Retail - Existing Buildings" "We want to request an interpretation of the requirements for LEED EB EQc3.3 stated in a previous CIR dated 4/24/2004. The CIR appears to be written for new construction and for sale unit properties (such as condos).\nThe 2004 LEED NC CIR states that multi-unit residential buildings must meet the requirements for commercial buildings (covering common area, owner controlled areas of the building), and the following for the residential, tenant controlled areas:\nItem #1: Educate the residents on the green cleaning concepts and products via discussion and written materials upon move-in and periodically thereafter.\nItem #2: Provide an estimated six-month supply of green cleaning products to residents, as well\nas information on how to easily purchase refills and/or replacements.\nAssume that a Multi-Family Residential Apartment (Rental) Property complies with the following:\n1.\nThe property that is applying for LEED EB certification meets all the requirements for LEED EB Green Cleaning credits for common spaces/owner controlled spaces including the cleaning policy and plan, products purchased and used, equipment purchased and used, and also follows the same green cleaning procedures whenever they have access to residential apartment units (including during all " "The project has proposed an alternative compliance path for 2009 Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance projects that include multi-family residential units for IEQ Prerequisite 3: Green Cleaning Policy, IEQ Credit 3.1: Green Cleaning High Performance Cleaning program, and IEQ Credit 3.3: Green Cleaning- Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials using Innovation in Design credit requirements outlined in Formal Inquiry dated 04/08/2004 ID #766 for multi-family New Construction projects. The proposed approach is not acceptable. \n\nFor IEQ Prerequisite 3: Green Cleaning Policy and IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning-High-Performance Cleaning Program, the green cleaning policy and program includes resident areas. Additional steps should be taken to educate the residents on the green cleaning concepts and recommended products via discussion and written materials upon move-in and periodically thereafter. Examples of acceptable steps could include a written program, a brochure, a coupon for discounted purchase, or a bulk supply of cleaning supplies available at maintenance office. \n \nFor existing building projects with multi-family spaces attempting IEQ Credit 3.3: Green Cleaning- Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials the percent of total annual purchases must include all cleaning purchases made for the building, regardless of who purchased the products (residents or building staff).\nApplicable internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10141" "2011-11-01" "Existing Buildings" "The project team proposes to use a environmentally preferable cleaning solution, a handheld ionized tap water system, to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of chemicals used within the project building. \n The ionized water system works as follows: \n\n 1.When the spray bottle trigger is pressed, the water flows through a water cell that applies a slight electrical charge to the tap water.\n 2.The charged water passes through an ion exchange membrane, where the ionized water is separated into an oxygenated mixture of positively and negatively electrically charged nano-bubbles.\n 3.When applied directly to a surface, the ionized water helps break apart and lift the dirt from the surface like a magnet, enabling it to be wiped away.\n 4.Before the water exits the nozzle, a slight electric field is applied, allowing the water to carry a low-level electric field to the surface where the germs may be living. When used as directed with tap water in the majority of municipalities, this low-level electric field can kill more than 99.9 percent of harmful germs.\n\n Using an ionized water cleaning system would no longer require purchase of many green cleaning chemicals; therefore, the project team has developed a new approach to documenting IEQc3.3. Rather than documenting that 30 percent of the products purchased meet the LEED sustainable cleaning criteria (by cost), the project team proposes to document the cleaning methods used during each cleaning shift. After each shift, the housekeeping personnel will document the cleaning methods and chemicals (or tap water if using the electrolyzed water system) used. Sustainable methods and chemicals that meet the LEED requirements for this alternative compliance approach will include either the use of chemicals that meet existing IEQc3.3 requirements or the use of ionized tap water.\n\n An alternative compliance table will be created by the project team to account for criteria (with regard to performance vs. purchases) in order to demonstrate compliance with the SSc3.3 requirements. " """The project team seeks allowance to satisfy the credit requirements through the use of ionized tap water in lieu of chemical cleaning solutions. This is an acceptable approach if the following criteria are met:\n •Manufacturer’s documentation of third-party performance testing is included with the credit submittal documentation. The testing should demonstrate performance comparable to Green Seal, Environmental Choice, or another standard equivalent to or more stringent than those required in IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials. \n •If the device is marketed and used for antimicrobial cleaning, manufacturer’s testing must demonstrate antimicrobial performance comparable to EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) and Design for the Environment (DfE) requirements as appropriate for use patterns and marketing claims.\n •A custodial effectiveness assessment is performed as outlined in IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment. \n •The typical performance metric (percentage of purchases based on cost) for evaluating compliance with this credit will not apply. The project team may show compliance with one of the following:\n a) Showing, based on one year of historic cleaning chemical costs, that use of ionized tap water during the performance period has reduced the purchase of chemical cleaning and material products by at least 30%. Any changes in occupancy or other factors that vary between the baseline year and the performance period that affect the need for cleaning products must be accounted for in the analysis.\n b. Tracking the total cost of all cleaning and material products purchased during the performance period, plus the amortized cost for the ionized water cleaning system (amortized over 12 months). \n c) Tracking the total volume of cleaning and material products and ionized water used during the performance period and showing that 30% meets the existing IEQc3.3 criteria or is ionized tap water. Applicable internationally. "" " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "1981" "2008-02-27" "Existing Buildings" "The building we are attempting to certify is a state government residential building; hence the use of commercial-grade, concentrated cleaners requiring dilution is inappropriate and not desired. The manufacturers of the household cleaners (non-concentrates) currently in use at the residence have provided MSD sheets and letters confirming that they meet and/or exceed GS-37 requirements. In other words, they are all green, environmentally friendly cleaning products that meet the intent of the credit, in our opinion. We hope that USGBC accepts these products for the corresponding point(s)." "To meet MRc4\'s Sustainability Criteria A, cleaning products must be Green Seal GS-37 certified or establish equivalency via third-party verification. It is not enough for the Building Applicant to just submit a MSDS and a letter from the manufacturer that the cleaning products meet or exceed Green Seal GS-37 requirements. The Building Applicant must also provide documentation that summarizes and verifies on a point by point basis how the cleaning products meet or exceed the Green Seal GS-37 requirements. Building Applicants may only default to Sustainability Criteria B California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC level requirements for cleaning products not covered by GS-37 categories. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2068" "2008-04-01" "Existing Buildings" "We have registered a state government residence under the original version of LEED-EB. For MRc4 we would like to use a cleaning product line that has Environmental Choice certification (CCD-110,146 and 148) but not GS-37 certification. Since the new version of LEED-EB accepts Environmental Choice as a qualifying third-party verification standard, will you approve the substitution for our building certification?" "The following sustainable purchasing standards or criteria for cleaning materials and products, disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags are acceptable for documenting qualifying purchases on a cost basis to meet the LEED-EB v2.0 MRc4 sustainability criteria. Cleaning products: o Green Seal GS-37 for General-Purpose, Bathroom, Glass, and Carpet Cleaners Used for Industrial and Institutional Purposes. o Environmental Choice CCD-110 for Cleaning and Degreasing Compounds. o Environmental Choice CCD-146 for Hard surface Cleaners. o Environmental Choice CCD-148 for Carpet and Upholstery Care. If the above standards are not applicable for a specific product category (e.g., for products such as disinfectants, metal polish, floor finishes or strippers), products shall meet one or more of the following programs for the appropriate product category: o Green Seal GS-40 for Industrial and Institutional Floor-Care Products. o Environmental Choice CCD-112 for Digestion Additives for Cleaning and Odor Control. o Environmental Choice CCD-113 for Drain or Grease Traps Additives. o Environmental Choice CCD-115 for Odor Control Additives. o Environmental Choice CCD-147 for Hard Floor Care. o California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category. Disposable janitorial paper products and trash bags: o U.S. EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Janitorial Paper and Plastic Trash Can Liners. o Green Seal GS-09 for Paper Towels and Napkins. o Green Seal GS-01 for Tissue Paper. o Environmental Choice CCD-082 for Toilet Tissue. o Environmental Choice CCD-086 for Hand Towels. Janitorial paper products derived from rapidly renewable resources or made from tree-free fibers. Applicable Internationally." "10301" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5177" "2009-01-23" "New Construction, Existing Buildings, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "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.\n\n **Update October 1, 2013: Applicable credits have been updated." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "10301" "2014-01-01" "Existing Buildings" "Our building has a comprehensive recycling program, part of which includes collecting organic material for composting. This material is collected in BPI-Certified compostable bags, as required by our local commercial composting facility.\n\n According to our understanding of IEQc3.3, we need to include purchases of these bags as “plastic trash can liners.” Because they do not contain recycled content, they will work against us in achieving this credit even though they are purchased as a direct component of our sustainability efforts. Since these liners comprise almost 15% of the building's total spending on cleaning supplies, this will have a significant negative impact on our ability to achieve this credit.\n\n We propose two possible methods for alternative compliance on this credit:\n\n 1. Exclude these liners from tracking altogether because they are not truly petroleum-based ""plastic trash can liners,""\n\n OR\n\n 2. Include them for credit as an environmentally superior product vs. a liner that is petroleum-based (ie: Rapidly Renewable)" "The biodegradable/compostable trash can liners must be included in the purchases for IEQc3.3 Green Cleaning – Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials. The liners may be considered a sustainable purchase under the disposable janitor paper products and trash bags product category provided they meet the Federal Trade Comission's Green Guides definition for compostable. The definition is ""A marketer claiming that an item is compostable should have competent and reliable scientific evidence that all the materials in the item will break down into, or otherwise become part of, usable compost (e.g., soil-conditioning material, mulch) in a safe and timely manner (i.e., in approximately the same time as the materials with which it is composted) in an appropriate composting facility, or in a home compost pile or device."" \n\n Evidence that the liners are used for the collection of compostable waste and are composted should be provided, such as a letter from the property manager confirming the composting program for the building or supporting documentation from MRc6 or MRc7 showing that the waste is composted." "2068" "None" "X"