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NC-v4 EQc3: Construction indoor air quality management plan
November 30, 2021
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there are quite a few IAQ measures that are impossible to get a photo of.
how do you get photos of IAQ measures that do not exist?
(e.g. permanent HVAC not turned on during constuction, construction vehicles not idling inside the project during construction? etc.)
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November 30, 2021 - 12:57 pm
Can you get photos of "no idling" signage or electric equipment used in place of gas? Or photos of HVAC startup that show finished space around the equipment?
I think we've discussed this before and the bigger question is why you're being asked to provide a photo of every single best practice in the SMACNA list, right? As a reviewer I was always told that each CATEGORY needed to be covered, EITHER with photos or in writing - so as to be comprehensive but not penalize projects where not every practice was applicable or that didn't happen to get photos of one specific activity. I don't think the intent of reviewing this credit was ever to determine that the project followed every best practice listed in the SMACNA standard - that would be a massive effort to document and review! But like the ESC plan prerequisite, there needed to be a plan, referencing the standard, and evidence that it was carried out. I haven't been getting comments asking for any truly above & beyond level of photo evidence, but if I'm remembering right you have gotten those requests...
November 30, 2021 - 1:54 pm
Hi Emily, thanks for your response. Much appreciated.
GBCI required us to address every IAQ measure listed within the 'Further Explanation - Smacna Guidelines' section of the LEED reference guide. If a photo was not provided of every measure they required us to provide a narrative justification.
Specific GBCI comment:
Provide the following:
a. Documentation demonstrating that walk-off mats were used at entryways to reduce introduced dirt and pollutants (pathway interruption).
b. Documentation demonstrating that dust guards and collectors were used on saws and other tools (pathway interruption).
c. Documentation demonstrating that vacuum cleaners with high-efficiency particulate filters were used (housekeeping).
d. Documentation demonstrating that sweeping compounds or wetting agents were used for dust control when sweeping (housekeeping).
e. Documentation demonstrating that trades that affect IAQ were physically isolated on site and separated from each other by the construction schedule.
Feels like we could kill this credit on every project if GBCI enforces it to this level.
November 30, 2021 - 2:41 pm
Wow, I've never gotten a comment quite that detailed, nor have I ever provided photos of all of those things. I make sure the GC has all those things in their *plan* but I have never had a GC provide me with that level of detail of backup documentation, and it has yet to come up as an issue in review. (Honestly, I can't imagine asking any of my GC point-of-contacts to get photos of all of this, on top of all their other job duties!) Are you getting this comment frequently, or just a recent project?
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December 1, 2021 - 11:53 am
Wow - I would push back on GBCI via LEED Coach or by simply responding to your review notification email. There is no requirement to provide pictures of "dust guards" or "vaccuum cleaners". The requirements clearly state that you need to take date stamped photos, labled with location and strategy, during construction and preoccupancy, "for each IAQ measure". If you provided a few representative photos of each strategy type, date stamped to show that they cover the duration of the interior work, that should suffice. I know that GBCI struggles with consistency in the reviewer world and have always recieved my feedback with gratitude for the opportunity to refine their process.
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August 11, 2023 - 11:19 am
Is there a minimum amount of photos that we need to upload that covers each IAQ measure? Just to get this credit straightenend out, I feel like uploading one photo for each measure, but I'm not sure if the LEED reviewer will demand more. What do you guys think?
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