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Intent

To reduce adverse health impacts and environmental pollution in buildings through implementation of improved maintenance and lead-safe work practices. Provide staff with the necessary information they need to promote lead safe practices.

Requirements

For projects in the U.S, the project must be located in a building built before 1986. If the buildings was built before 1978, all requirements must be met. If the building was built between 1978 and 1986, only the requirements for pipes, pipe and plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures must be met.

For projects outside of the U.S., applicants must show that there are currently no laws or regulations in their country as stringent as those in the U.S. for lead-based paint, lead in solder, and lead in premise plumbing. If there is an appropriate law or regulation, then this pilot credit is available to projects located in buildings built before the applicable law or regulation was enacted. Additionally, projects outside of the U.S. are exempt from the EPA certification requirements, but must detail how they will follow the same approach as required by U.S. applicants.

<h5>Lead in paint, dust, and soil</h5>
Perform a lead hazard screen in accordance with <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-1999-title40-vol23/pdf/CFR-1999-title40...">40 CFR 745.227 (c)</a> and as described in the <a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/l...">US HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (Chapter 5)</a>. If the screen indicates that lead hazards<sup>1</sup> may be present, perform a full risk assessment. Address all lead hazards identified in the risk assessment, and if appropriate, the cause of the deterioration.

Perform all renovation, repairs, and painting in accordance with 40 CFR 745, Subpart E, by a firm or property managers/staff certified in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 745, Subpart E.

Retain a history of known locations of lead-based paint and any lead hazard controls used.

<h5>Lead in pipes, pipe and plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures</h5>
Perform a drinking water test in accordance with Section II: Testing, of the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools, Revised Technical Guidance. If any drinking outlet shows lead levels greater than 20 ppb in a 250 ml sample, remedy the issue (see EPA recommended actions in Remedies section II.5).

For all repairs and replacements, use only pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures that are lead free<sup>2</sup>.

Commit to performing a lead hazard screen and drinking water test annually for a five-year period beginning on the date the project accepts LEED certification or typical occupancy, whichever comes first.

<h3>Submittals</h3>
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<h5>General</h5>
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<ul><li>Participate in the <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/pilot">LEEDuser pilot credit forum</a></li>
<li>Complete the feedback survey:</li></ul>
<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/pilot-credit-library-credit-survey-95105/" class="small-alt-button">Survey: Credits 95-105</a>

<h5>Documentation Requirements:</h5>
<ul>
<li>Lead hazard screen and risk assessment (if applicable) results, including how any hazards identified were addressed. </li>
<li>Drinking water test results, including description of how test locations were determined and any remedies pursued.</li>
<li>Identify the renovation, repairs, painting, and replacements that were performed and confirm they were performed in accordance with the credit requirements. </li>
<li>Year the building was built</li>
<li>If the project is located outside of the U.S., provide a narrative on the relevant laws or regulations in the country and when the laws or regulations were enacted. </li>
<li>Signed letter or commitment from the owner that annual screening and testing will be performed. </li>
</ul>
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<div class="footnotes">
<sup>1</sup> A lead hazard is:
1. Lead paint (0.5 percent by weight or 1.0 milligrams per square centimeter) which is: (1) on a friction, impact, or chewable surface; or (2) damaged or otherwise deteriorated or non-intact.
2. Dust on floors at or above 25 micrograms of lead per square foot of settled dust (μg/ft<sup>2</sup>) and dust on interior window sills at or above 125 μg/ft<sup>2</sup>
3. Bare soil at or above 400 ppm of lead in children’s play areas or 1,200 ppm in other areas (soil sampling is necessary in a lead hazard screen only if there are paint chips on the ground).

<sup>2</sup> Lead free is defined as a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures (Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, effective date of January 4, 2014). Product must have lead free certification mark or manufacturer documentation confirming it is lead free.

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Intent

To reduce adverse health impacts and environmental pollution in buildings through implementation of improved maintenance and lead-safe work practices. Provide staff with the necessary information they need to promote lead safe practices.

Requirements

For projects in the U.S, the project must be located in a building built before 1986. If the buildings was built before 1978, all requirements must be met. If the building was built between 1978 and 1986, only the requirements for pipes, pipe and plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures must be met.

For projects outside of the U.S., applicants must show that there are currently no laws or regulations in their country as stringent as those in the U.S. for lead-based paint, lead in solder, and lead in premise plumbing. If there is an appropriate law or regulation, then this pilot credit is available to projects located in buildings built before the applicable law or regulation was enacted. Additionally, projects outside of the U.S. are exempt from the EPA certification requirements, but must detail how they will follow the same approach as required by U.S. applicants.

<h5>Lead in paint, dust, and soil</h5>
Perform a lead hazard screen in accordance with <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-1999-title40-vol23/pdf/CFR-1999-title40...">40 CFR 745.227 (c)</a> and as described in the <a href="http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes/l...">US HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (Chapter 5)</a>. If the screen indicates that lead hazards<sup>1</sup> may be present, perform a full risk assessment. Address all lead hazards identified in the risk assessment, and if appropriate, the cause of the deterioration.

Perform all renovation, repairs, and painting in accordance with 40 CFR 745, Subpart E, by a firm or property managers/staff certified in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 745, Subpart E.

Retain a history of known locations of lead-based paint and any lead hazard controls used.

<h5>Lead in pipes, pipe and plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures</h5>
Perform a drinking water test in accordance with Section II: Testing, of the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools, Revised Technical Guidance. If any drinking outlet shows lead levels greater than 20 ppb in a 250 ml sample, remedy the issue (see EPA recommended actions in Remedies section II.5).

For all repairs and replacements, use only pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and plumbing fixtures that are lead free<sup>2</sup>.

Commit to performing a lead hazard screen and drinking water test annually for a five-year period beginning on the date the project accepts LEED certification or typical occupancy, whichever comes first.

<h3>Submittals</h3>
<div class="aside">
<h5>General</h5>
<a href="/pilot-credit-registration" class="alt-button">Register for the pilot credit</a>

<ul><li>Participate in the <a href="http://www.leeduser.com/pilot">LEEDuser pilot credit forum</a></li>
<li>Complete the feedback survey:</li></ul>
<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/pilot-credit-library-credit-survey-95105/" class="small-alt-button">Survey: Credits 95-105</a>

<h5>Documentation Requirements:</h5>
<ul>
<li>Lead hazard screen and risk assessment (if applicable) results, including how any hazards identified were addressed. </li>
<li>Drinking water test results, including description of how test locations were determined and any remedies pursued.</li>
<li>Identify the renovation, repairs, painting, and replacements that were performed and confirm they were performed in accordance with the credit requirements. </li>
<li>Year the building was built</li>
<li>If the project is located outside of the U.S., provide a narrative on the relevant laws or regulations in the country and when the laws or regulations were enacted. </li>
<li>Signed letter or commitment from the owner that annual screening and testing will be performed. </li>
</ul>
</div>

<div class="footnotes">
<sup>1</sup> A lead hazard is:
1. Lead paint (0.5 percent by weight or 1.0 milligrams per square centimeter) which is: (1) on a friction, impact, or chewable surface; or (2) damaged or otherwise deteriorated or non-intact.
2. Dust on floors at or above 25 micrograms of lead per square foot of settled dust (μg/ft<sup>2</sup>) and dust on interior window sills at or above 125 μg/ft<sup>2</sup>
3. Bare soil at or above 400 ppm of lead in children’s play areas or 1,200 ppm in other areas (soil sampling is necessary in a lead hazard screen only if there are paint chips on the ground).

<sup>2</sup> Lead free is defined as a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures (Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, effective date of January 4, 2014). Product must have lead free certification mark or manufacturer documentation confirming it is lead free.

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