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LEED BD+C: Healthcare | v3 - LEED 2009

PBT source reduction - mercury

MRp2 | Required


To reduce mercury-containing products and devices and mercury discharge through product substitution, capture and recycling.


  • ƒ As part of the recycling collection system developed in compliance with MR Prerequisite 1:
    Storage and Collection of Recyclables, identify:

    • types of mercury containing products and devices1 to be collected,

    • criteria governing how they are to be handled by a recycling program, and
    • disposal methods for captured mercury.
  • In facilities delivering dental care, specify and install amalgam separation devices that meet or exceed the standard ISO-11143.
  • Comply with the mercury elimination requirement outlined in the 2010 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (Section A1.3- 4b: Mercury Elimination).
    • New construction. In new construction, healthcare facilities shall not use mercury-containing equipment, including thermostats, switching devices, and other building system sources. (Lamps are excluded.)

    • Renovation. For renovation, healthcare facilities shall develop a plan to phase out mercury-containing products and upgrade current mercury-containing lamps to high efficiency, low mercury or mercury free lamp technology.
  • ƒƒDo not specify or install preheat, T-9, T-10, or T-12 fluorescents or mercury vapor type high intensity discharge (HID) lamps in the project. Do not specify probe start metal halide HID lamps in interior spaces in the project.
  • Only specify and install illuminated exit signs that use Light-Emitting Diode (LED) or Light-Emitting Capacitor (LEC) lamps and use less than 5 watts of electricity.
  • Specify and install fluorescent and high-pressure sodium lamps that meet the following criteria:

1Applicable mercury-containing products and devices include, but are not limited to, lamps (such as linear and circular fluorescents, integrally ballasted and non-integrally ballasted compact fluorescents and HIDs) and dental wastes (such as scrap amalgam, chair side traps, and separator wastes).

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