On a cursory glance of the new LEED v4 certification, it may seem that green cleaning lost a second point. But in reality, IEQ Credit 3.5 Green Cleaning – Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control was not deleted; rather it was moved.

Criteria for matting is now part of EQc2 Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies and still worth one point. As in LEED 2009, entryway systems need to be at least 10 feet long and capture dirt entering the building. However, new to LEED v4 certification (and beneficial to distributors), mats must be cleaned weekly.

For distributors who sell or assist end users with pest control products, EQc9 Integrated Pest Management merges both outdoor and indoor pest management into one credit now worth two points. Much of the criteria remains the same, though what is clearer is that contractors and maintenance staff must have identified roles as part of the IPM team.

Pest preventative measures must be non-toxic; if pest control action is required, the least toxic application should be used. In cases when a stronger pesticide is needed, staff must personally notify sensitive occupants and employees and post a sign for 24 hours. 

LEED is a great opportunity for distributors to position themselves as green experts and consultants to those facilities undergoing certification. With so many changes to the cleaning credits, distributors shouldn’t wait to become familiar with LEED v4 certification.

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