From a practical standpoint, there are five classifications of benefits provided by LEED approved cleaning services.Healthier Employees – Using certified green cleaning products protects the health of building’s occupants and cleaning personnel. Utilizing proper mixology and use of these cleaning products will reduce exposure to hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants and reduce the Sick Building Syndrome while minimizing absenteeism.
Ten years ago many building tenants and occupants did not understand the meaning of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. A lot has changed since the USGBC’s release of the LEED program more than 10 years ago. Now, LEED maintenance and cleaning practices for existing buildings have become the standard for most janitorial and maintenance companies. Indeed, LEED practices are so widely accepted that most local and state government agencies and all federal agencies require LEED green janitorial and maintenance services at their facilities. As the expanding green markets have developed, financial reports indicate that LEED programs are cost-efficient, increase productivity and greatly improve occupant wellness.LEED green cleaning standards take a systems approach to commercial cleaning in existing buildings. LEED Accredited Professionals provide guidance for equipment, green cleaning product purchasing procedures, product use, staff training recommendations and cleaning performance procedures.The green cleaning emphasis is on environmental improvements that reduce toxicity, waste, and […]
The Empire State Building in New York City remains one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. Due the immortal movies like “An Affair to Remember” and “Sleepless in Seattle” romantic couples still meet at the building. Once the tallest building in the world, the New York City skyline would not be the Big Apple without the spectacular tower.The Empire State Building is more than a tourist attraction. It is prime commercial real estate. In the depressed commercial real estate market, the decision to retrofit the structure caught many experts by surprise. The decision to convert to sustainable design and operations makes a powerful statement about the value of LEED® certification in today’s marketplace. Basically, if you are going to do it, you might as well do it right.
The demand for LEED® certification has increased dramatically since the rating system’s initial release in 1998. In the current economic, environmental and social construction climate, green is the way to go and LEED® certifications outline the path. The U.S. Green Building Council has worked diligently to respond to market demand for green products.
In compliance with the Travis County’s (Austin, Texas) green building policy, the new Travis County Commissioners Court is committed to achieving a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. The county ordinance mandates that each new building or renovation project exceeding $1 million will fulfill the US Green Building Council’s LEED® certification. The LEED® certification has four differing levels, which are determined by the building’s accumulation of energy efficiency and environmental consideration points. The program also emphasizes the use of local, green building materials and appliances.The four LEED® rating levels are: • Certified • Silver • Gold • Platinum. As an example, the platinum level must accrue more than 80 LEED® points from six different energy and environmental categories. Recent reports indicate that employees are comfortable in LEED® certified buildings. LEED® certifications represent a healthy work environment and the buildings are commanding higher market values than non-LEED® certified entities.The Travis County green building policy […]