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) "LEED Interpretation" "1982" "2009-02-24" "Existing Buildings" "In a state government residential building that we are attempting to certify we have identified a room with deck to deck partitions for storage of janitorial supplies and will be providing an exhaust fan for negative pressurization. One item the room does not have is a sink with plumbed drains for diluting cleaners. We don\'t anticipate having to dilute cleaners (note that we have submitted a credit interpretation requesting a waiver of concentrated cleaners for this residence). Also we plan on providing a written policy with instructions for use of the room. We hope that USGBC will accept the waiver of the sink for the corresponding point." "While deck to deck partitions for storage of janitorial supplies and an exhaust fan for negative pressurization would be positive actions for improving the safety of your building occupants and janitorial staff, EQc10.2: Green Cleaning Isolation of Janitorial Closets can not be earned without a sink with plumbed drains for both the diluting of cleaners and appropriate disposal of mop bucket water and other liquid cleaning waste. As the CIR indicates, since diluting cleaners or disposing of waste is not the intended use for this closet, the TAG is in agreement that a sink is not required, notwithstanding any local or code requirements for design of this type of space. Along with written instructions for this room, specific documentation must be provided to indicate where mixing and diluting activities, as well as disposal of liquid cleaning wastes, will take place; such locations require sinks and ventilation. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2023" "2008-01-11" "Existing Buildings" "Our building is a 36 floor, 750,000 gross square foot (GSF) high rise commercial office building in a major metropolitan city. This CIR is in regards to the requirement to use vacuum cleaners that meet the Carpet & Rug Institute ""Green Label"" testing program - vacuum cleaner criteria, and are also capable of capturing 96% of particulates 0.3 microns in size and operate with a sound level less than 70dBA. Currently none of our vacuum cleaners meet these requirements. Due to the large size of our building, we own a large number of vacuum cleaners (approximately quantity 20 total in this building, plus another quantity 30 in another building we manage that is also pursuing LEED certification). It would be a major capital expenditure for us to replace all of the vacuum cleaners outright all at once. In order to meet the requirements for this credit, we are proposing the following: 1) Before the start of the performance period, we will replace 25% of the existing vacuums with models that meet the referenced requirements. The janitors will be trained on the proper use of these vacuums. 2) Before the start of the performance period, we will implement a low environmental impact janitorial policy that calls for the purchase of the required vacuum type whenever an existing vacuum is no longer serviceable and needs replacement. This policy will also meet the requirements for the current use of other janitorial equipment (hot water extraction equipment, etc) called for in this credit. 3) We will provide a record and vendor specifications of the janitorial equipment used in the building and a maintenance log for each piece of equipment over the performance period. Will this proposed strategy meet the requirements and intent of the credit? If not, please clarify how this proposal should be revised." "An open ended time frame commitment to meet the requirements of IEQc10.6 is not acceptable to earn this credit at this time. The outlined approach aligns with LEED-EB\'s intent to be a guide for continued sustainability improvements over the life of a building and encourage sustainable capital improvements to be incorporated into future budgets as equipments wears out or whenever dollars are available. The strategy outlined above would improve the Indoor Environmental Quality for building occupants and would be an appropriate strategy for eventually earning this credit upon future re-certifications. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2402" "2008-02-13" "Existing Buildings" "Our project is an electronics manufacturing facility with approximately 800 employees. The management of the company and their corporation would like this facility to have adequate anti-bacterial soap onsite in case of health related outbreaks such as MRSA and avian flu. It also helps reduce the spread of illnesses such as regular flu and colds which reduce absenteeism, which could be significant for highly populated facilities like ours. At this time we had purchased a significant amount of anti-bacterial hand soap to ensure that we have the needed large quantities onsite. One of the requirements in EQc10.3 calls for ""the use of hand soaps that do not contain antimicrobial agents (other than as a preservative system), except where required by health codes and other regulations (i.e., food service and health care requirements)"". We understand that the intent of this requirement is to reduce regular exposure of building occupants to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particle contaminants, which adversely impact air quality, health and the environment. To pursue this credit, our plan is to store the anti-bacterial soap we already have on site as part of our Disaster Contingency Plan only to be used in case of a defined emergency situation. In this case, the anti-bacterial soap we have purchased will not go to waste. We feel that maintaining sufficient quantities of anti-bacterial soap on-site to cope with emergency situations should not disqualify our project from achieving this credit. It is not the storage but the regular use of such soaps that is regulated by the requirements of this credit. Please confirm whether our plan meets the requirements of this credit." "The intent of LEED-EBv2.0 EQc10.3 is to reduce regular exposure of building occupants to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particle contaminants, which adversely impact air quality, health and the environment. For antibacterial soap, the main adverse environment impact is the growing resistance of microbial agents to antibiotics through the increased exposure of microbial agents to antibacterial products. The use of 100% alcohol-based hand sanitizers has been shown to be just as effective as antibacterial soap without this additional negative environmental effect. The storage of the existing antibacterial soap on site would be acceptable as part of your Disaster Contingency Plan only to be used in case of a defined emergency situation such as health related outbreaks as long as a signed narrative statement is submitted that declares: " "None" "None" "X"