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Intent

These special pilot credits are awarded based on project teams attempting to meet the requirements to the best of their ability and providing feedback on the requirements. The credits may change as feedback is received. Project teams considering this credit should carefully review the Arc Guide to Re-Entry, including notes regarding appropriate applications and limitations of the Arc Comprehensiveness Score.

To promote the use of a comprehensive, integrated process (covering infection control policies and procedures, documentation of alignment with relevant public health authorities, repeated occupant feedback, and measurement of indoor air quality) to manage the risk of infectious disease transmission of COVID-19.

Requirements

For LEED O+M v4.1 initial or LEED v4.1 or v4 recertification projects, projects may be awarded additional LEED points for achieving these credits, up to the maximum 100 points for the rating system.

For LEED v4 O+M initial certification projects, this pilot credit is available for 1 point under Innovation.


  1. Use the Arc Re-Entry tool to describe the facility’s infection control process, including:
    • a. Facility management plans, policies, and procedures;
    • b. Connections between plans, policies, and procedures and relevant public health authorities;
    • c. Collection and management of occupant feedback; and
    • d. Measurement of key indoor air quality metrics.

  2. Determine the Arc Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score (“Comp Score”) from the tool, and associated sub-scores for Facility Management, Occupant Observations, and Indoor Air Quality. The calculation of the Comp Score is described in the Arc Guide to Re-Entry.

  3. Create and submit an Arc Re-Entry report. Arc will provide free, temporary access to Arc Re-Entry reports for LEED project teams registered for this pilot credit. The project’s Arc Re-Entry report must show sub-category sub-scores equal to or greater than:
    • a. 50 points for Facility Management
    • b. 25 points for Occupant Observations
    • c. 25 points for Indoor Air Quality

  4. These minimums can be met with any combination of responses, documentation, or measurements. There are no specific prerequisites in these categories.

    In addition to this Pilot Credit, projects achieving these sub-scores are also eligible for the “Managing for a Safer Re-Entry” designation. This is available from the Arc team by emailing contact@arcskoru.com

  5. Establish a process for continuous improvement via the Arc Re-Entry tool. Outline a plan for how frequently the project plans to continue to use the Arc Re-Entry tool. Include when facility management survey information will be updated, when occupant survey data collections will be completed (“campaigns”), and when additional IAQ measurements may be collected. Recommended frequencies are outlined in the Arc Guide to Re-Entry and the article, Managing for Re-Entry with Arc, provides a practical example.


  6. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is an ongoing, developing situation with a rapidly changing legal and regulatory landscape; the information and guidance provided in the LEED Safety First Pilot Credits may at any time not be current and USGBC does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. In preparing this guidance and its conclusions and recommendations, USGBC has tried to incorporate the best available information at the time the guidance was prepared. The results of future studies may require revisions to the recommendations in this guidance.

    The recommendations included in the LEED Safety First Pilot Credits do not set a standard, nor should they be deemed either inclusive of all proper methods or exclusive of other methods for workplace reentry. The ultimate judgment regarding the utility of any specific approach and when it is safe to re-enter workspaces must be made by you in light of all circumstances and variables.

    USGBC encourages projects teams and owners to monitor publicly available information and to always follow federal, state and local health organization guidance and government mandates. Where appropriate, you should seek the advice of an appropriate licensed professional or relevant government office in your location for advice on current laws and regulations.

    Submittals

    General
    Register for the pilot credit
Feedback Survey
Documentation/Compliance
  • Arc Re-Entry Report
  • Concise description of the project’s plan for continuous improvement

Access to Arc Essentials the Arc Re-Entry Report
Project teams that register for the Arc Re-Entry Pilot credit will receive one (1) free 30-day subscription to Arc Essentials. This subscription will allow the project team to generate an Arc Re-Entry report and include it with their submission: From the project in Arc, navigate to Report, then click Create Report, then Arc Re-Entry report. Projects registered for the Pilot Credit can claim their 30-day subscription by emailing contact@arcskoru.com 

Interpretation of the Arc Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score
The Arc Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score describes the breadth of facility management activities occupant experiences and measured indoor air quality. The Comprehensiveness Score is not a direct measure of infection risk or health. Rather, it describes the self-reported implementation of practices, occupant experiences, and measured outcomes relevant to infection control. The Comprehensiveness Score aims at continuous improvement rather than a single yes/no outcome.

A high Comp Score recognizes a relatively comprehensive set of reasonable risk management strategies. A high score indicates alignment between management intention and perceived and measured outcomes. A high score does not necessarily indicate lower risk for any given occupant or visitor.

A low Comp Score indicates that there are likely additional reasonable actions that the facility should consider implementing and/or a significant gap between management intentions and perceived or measured outcomes. The component sub-scores can be evaluated to identify strengths and weaknesses in management practices and measured performance. 

Given the nature of infectious disease transmission, circumstances and risks can change rapidly and unpredictably over time. The best defense is systematic, accountable management action informed by relevant public health authorities. The Arc Re-Entry and the Comp Score provides information to support this type of iterative risk management process.

Arc Re-Entry users can expect the components of the Comp Score to evolve in response to user experience and changes in information. Pilot credit users may use any version of the Comp Score available since release in June 2020. 
Changes
  • 9/23/20 - Original Publication
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Intent

These special pilot credits are awarded based on project teams attempting to meet the requirements to the best of their ability and providing feedback on the requirements. The credits may change as feedback is received. Project teams considering this credit should carefully review the Arc Guide to Re-Entry, including notes regarding appropriate applications and limitations of the Arc Comprehensiveness Score.

To promote the use of a comprehensive, integrated process (covering infection control policies and procedures, documentation of alignment with relevant public health authorities, repeated occupant feedback, and measurement of indoor air quality) to manage the risk of infectious disease transmission of COVID-19.

Requirements

For LEED O+M v4.1 initial or LEED v4.1 or v4 recertification projects, projects may be awarded additional LEED points for achieving these credits, up to the maximum 100 points for the rating system.

For LEED v4 O+M initial certification projects, this pilot credit is available for 1 point under Innovation.


  1. Use the Arc Re-Entry tool to describe the facility’s infection control process, including:
    • a. Facility management plans, policies, and procedures;
    • b. Connections between plans, policies, and procedures and relevant public health authorities;
    • c. Collection and management of occupant feedback; and
    • d. Measurement of key indoor air quality metrics.

  2. Determine the Arc Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score (“Comp Score”) from the tool, and associated sub-scores for Facility Management, Occupant Observations, and Indoor Air Quality. The calculation of the Comp Score is described in the Arc Guide to Re-Entry.

  3. Create and submit an Arc Re-Entry report. Arc will provide free, temporary access to Arc Re-Entry reports for LEED project teams registered for this pilot credit. The project’s Arc Re-Entry report must show sub-category sub-scores equal to or greater than:
    • a. 50 points for Facility Management
    • b. 25 points for Occupant Observations
    • c. 25 points for Indoor Air Quality

  4. These minimums can be met with any combination of responses, documentation, or measurements. There are no specific prerequisites in these categories.

    In addition to this Pilot Credit, projects achieving these sub-scores are also eligible for the “Managing for a Safer Re-Entry” designation. This is available from the Arc team by emailing contact@arcskoru.com

  5. Establish a process for continuous improvement via the Arc Re-Entry tool. Outline a plan for how frequently the project plans to continue to use the Arc Re-Entry tool. Include when facility management survey information will be updated, when occupant survey data collections will be completed (“campaigns”), and when additional IAQ measurements may be collected. Recommended frequencies are outlined in the Arc Guide to Re-Entry and the article, Managing for Re-Entry with Arc, provides a practical example.


  6. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is an ongoing, developing situation with a rapidly changing legal and regulatory landscape; the information and guidance provided in the LEED Safety First Pilot Credits may at any time not be current and USGBC does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. In preparing this guidance and its conclusions and recommendations, USGBC has tried to incorporate the best available information at the time the guidance was prepared. The results of future studies may require revisions to the recommendations in this guidance.

    The recommendations included in the LEED Safety First Pilot Credits do not set a standard, nor should they be deemed either inclusive of all proper methods or exclusive of other methods for workplace reentry. The ultimate judgment regarding the utility of any specific approach and when it is safe to re-enter workspaces must be made by you in light of all circumstances and variables.

    USGBC encourages projects teams and owners to monitor publicly available information and to always follow federal, state and local health organization guidance and government mandates. Where appropriate, you should seek the advice of an appropriate licensed professional or relevant government office in your location for advice on current laws and regulations.

    Submittals

    General
    Register for the pilot credit
Feedback Survey
Documentation/Compliance
  • Arc Re-Entry Report
  • Concise description of the project’s plan for continuous improvement

Access to Arc Essentials the Arc Re-Entry Report
Project teams that register for the Arc Re-Entry Pilot credit will receive one (1) free 30-day subscription to Arc Essentials. This subscription will allow the project team to generate an Arc Re-Entry report and include it with their submission: From the project in Arc, navigate to Report, then click Create Report, then Arc Re-Entry report. Projects registered for the Pilot Credit can claim their 30-day subscription by emailing contact@arcskoru.com 

Interpretation of the Arc Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score
The Arc Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score describes the breadth of facility management activities occupant experiences and measured indoor air quality. The Comprehensiveness Score is not a direct measure of infection risk or health. Rather, it describes the self-reported implementation of practices, occupant experiences, and measured outcomes relevant to infection control. The Comprehensiveness Score aims at continuous improvement rather than a single yes/no outcome.

A high Comp Score recognizes a relatively comprehensive set of reasonable risk management strategies. A high score indicates alignment between management intention and perceived and measured outcomes. A high score does not necessarily indicate lower risk for any given occupant or visitor.

A low Comp Score indicates that there are likely additional reasonable actions that the facility should consider implementing and/or a significant gap between management intentions and perceived or measured outcomes. The component sub-scores can be evaluated to identify strengths and weaknesses in management practices and measured performance. 

Given the nature of infectious disease transmission, circumstances and risks can change rapidly and unpredictably over time. The best defense is systematic, accountable management action informed by relevant public health authorities. The Arc Re-Entry and the Comp Score provides information to support this type of iterative risk management process.

Arc Re-Entry users can expect the components of the Comp Score to evolve in response to user experience and changes in information. Pilot credit users may use any version of the Comp Score available since release in June 2020. 
Changes
  • 9/23/20 - Original Publication
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