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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v4 - LEED v4

Environmental tobacco smoke control


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EQ Prerequisite: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control

  • Ensure that the signage text and signage graphics correspond with the selected exterior smoking policy. For instance, if the exterior smoking policy is to prohibit smoking on-site, ensure that that signage text and graphics communicate that policy, rather than simply including "no smoking" text.
  • Ensure that permanent signage indicating the exterior smoking policy is provided within ten feet (three meters) of every building entrance.
  • Confirm that the signage text and signage graphics correspond with the selected exterior smoking policy. Signs with only crossed-out cigarette symbols and no text are unlikely to comply, unless posted around the property away from the building in strategic locations (e.g. near the site entrance or on tabletops), or accompanied by other signs more explicitly communicating the exterior policy. Consider the likely pedestrian and vehicular approaches to each building entrance and confirm that those approaches are intercepted somehow by a reasonably viewable sign that describes the exterior smoking policy.
  • Ensure that the smoking policy letter addresses enforcement and implementation and includes the owner's signature.
  • Note that code exemptions will only be granted for code requirements truly prohibiting a 25 foot no smoking policy. Provisions or regulations that are simply different from or less stringent than LEED will not be accepted.
  • The extent of smoking areas, if any, should be highlighted on the site plan. Ensure that signage directs smokers to the location of the smoking area.
  • Ensure that spaces located outside of the property line and/or LEED project boundary, but still within 25 feet (7.5 meters) of a LEED project entrance, are still addressed by the exterior smoking policy of the LEED project. This includes public sidewalks and business purpose space (including, but not limited to: outdoor seating, banking kiosks, courtyards, and outdoor stadium areas).
  • If there are smoking areas on terraces, patios, rooftops, and balconies, ensure that they are located 25 feet (7.5 meters), horizontally and vertically, from entries, outdoor air intakes, and operable windows.
  • For LEED BD+C: Schools projects, ensure that site signage is not overlooked.
  • Highlight the pertinent language within covenant or restriction documents.
  • Ensure that testing reports are organized according to room names that correspond with architectural plans, for clarity.

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