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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Indoor Environmental Quality
Green Cleaning—Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control

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EBOM-2009 IEQc3.5: Green Cleaning—Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control 1 point

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Intent

To reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems and the environment.

Requirements

Employ permanent entryway systems (grilles, grates, mats) at least 10 feet (3 meters) long in the primary direction of travel to capture dirt and particulates entering the building at all public entry points, and develop the associated cleaning strategies to maintain those entryway systems as well as exterior walkways. Public entryways that are not in use or serve only as emergency exits are excluded from the requirements, as are private offices.

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We have a loading dock and an attached underground garage. Both of these areas have access into the building interior. Do we need to have entryway systems for either of them?

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Can an entryway system be split up so that part is located outside and the remainder of the required ten feet is located inside?

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We already have a carpeted lobby that extends further than ten feet in all directions from the building entrance. Does this count as a compliant entryway system? Our cleaning staff vacuums and performs restorative cleaning frequently to this area.

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We don’t have enough space for ten feet of mats. What can we do to earn this credit?

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Intent

To reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems and the environment.

Requirements

Employ permanent entryway systems (grilles, grates, mats) at least 10 feet (3 meters) long in the primary direction of travel to capture dirt and particulates entering the building at all public entry points, and develop the associated cleaning strategies to maintain those entryway systems as well as exterior walkways. Public entryways that are not in use or serve only as emergency exits are excluded from the requirements, as are private offices.

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We have a loading dock and an attached underground garage. Both of these areas have access into the building interior. Do we need to have entryway systems for either of them?

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Do the ten-foot mats need to be one continuous mat?

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Can an entryway system be split up so that part is located outside and the remainder of the required ten feet is located inside?

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We already have a carpeted lobby that extends further than ten feet in all directions from the building entrance. Does this count as a compliant entryway system? Our cleaning staff vacuums and performs restorative cleaning frequently to this area.

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We don’t have enough space for ten feet of mats. What can we do to earn this credit?

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How often do entryway systems need to be cleaned?

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Can we clean entryway mats in-house, or do they need to be sent to a “professional” cleaning service?

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Alexis Voeltner

Healthy Buildings
LEED EBOM Project Manager

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