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What is USGBC (United States Green Building Council)?

Posted at February 13, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 1 Comment


USGBC is a standard-setting organization focused on the rapidly growing green building industry. It was formed to address the significant impacts of building design and operation on human health and the natural environment. It is a coalition of leaders from all segments of the building industry, including building owners and managers, architects and engineers, builders, building service contractors, product manufacturers, insurance companies and all levels of government. Currently there are over 10,000 members in the USGBC. Mission: to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices and promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemIn 2002, USGBC began development of its nationally accepted LEED rating system. This program is a complete set of assessment tools to promote sustainable building design, construction and operations practices. LEED is voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven standards designed to raise consumer awareness of green building benefits, encourage environmental leadership in the building industry and promote certification of high-performance, sustainable buildings nationwide.LEED Standards – currently available or under development for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals in a variety of green building areas.
Existing building operations.
New construction and major renovation projects.
Commercial and interior projects that create more efficient and healthier interiors.
Core and shell projects allows the building owner to educate tenants about the advantages of green.
Standards for single-family and low-rise multi-family residences.
Neighborhood development.
LEED for retail, schools and healthcare are in the development stages.LEED – EB Rating System
Certified level
Silver level
Gold level
Platinum level
  34 – 42 points
43 – 50 points
51 – 67 points
68 – 92 points
The jan san industry can assist building managers achieve over 30% of the base level of certification points and 1 to 5 innovation points with products, procedures, training and LEED Certified Professionals. These certification points are normally simple and affordable to achieveCriteria to Earn LEED Certification Points

Indoor Environmental Quality – reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous biological and particulate contaminants.
 – EQ Prerequisite 3
– EQ Credit 3.1
– EQ Credits 3.2 & 3.3
– EQ Credits 3.4 – 3.6
– EQ Credit 3.7
– EQ Credit 3.8
– EQ Credit 3.9
GREEN cleaning policy (Required)
High performance cleaning program (1 point)
Custodial effectiveness assessment (1 point)
Purchase of sustainable cleaning products and materials (1-3 points)
Sustainable cleaning equipment (1 point)
Entryway systems (1 point)
Indoor integrated pest management (1 point)
Sustainable Sites – Green Site and Building Exterior Maintenance (SS Cr. 2)
– Cleaning exterior with proper chemicals (exterior walls, walkways, windows, ice melter)
– Exterior maintenance equipment (leaf blowers, sweepers) (Potential of 1 point)
Materials and Resources – Purchasing Durable Goods (MR Cr. 2.1)
– Changing from gas powered maintenance equipment to battery or corded (Potential of 1 point)Innovation in Operations – the ability to earn additional credits for exceptional environmental practices beyond those already addressed in LEED-EB.
– Credit 1 (4 points possible)
– Credit 2 LEED Accredited Professional (1 point)Other LEED Criteria – Water Efficiency and Energy and Atmosphere
– Maximize water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on local water supply and
waste water systems.
– Establish minimum levels of energy efficiency and reduce ozone depletion.

Benefits of a “Green Building”

•  Environmental – enhance and protect ecosystems, improve air and water quality, reduce
solid waste, conserve natural resources and decreases greenhouse gases.
•  Economic – reduce operating costs, enhance asset value and profits, improve employee
productivity and satisfaction. Utilities, state and federal agencies and other sources are providing
financial incentives and rebates for facilities adopting LEED measures. Potentially receive a higher
rental rate from occupants concerned with the environment and healthy working conditions.

•  Health and Safety – enhance occupant comfort, safety and health.

•  Community – minimize the strain on local infrastructures (water treatment, utilities and health
care facilities and costs) and improve quality of life. Facilities are recognized as a well-run and
well-managed building.

How do I get LEED Certified?

To start the process, it is encouraged that a team be assembled to manage the certification process, which means preparing documentation and calculations to fulfill the prerequisites and credit submittal requirements to become LEED certified. The “green team” could consist of personnel from environmental services, human resources, training safety, as well as building managers, building occupants and possibly suppliers.
The team should identify which rating system the building desires to be certified and the desired level of certification. Then they will review the checklist provided by the USGBC to help develop their strategy, such as which points would be easy or difficult to achieve, where they will need to collect data, whether or not they need a consultant with certification experience, budgets and other potential issues they may need to consider prior to committing to the program.

Once the commitment is made, the building owner must register with the USGBC. Next the submitter must provide specific documentation which includes site plan, floor plans, elevation and photos, for tracking the building project. After documentation is provided it is reviewed and the different credits are interpreted by the USGBC council. Next the final application is submitted. The building is either awarded certification or rejected. If rejected, the submitter can appeal the results with further documentation supporting their cause.

Owners must also pay a fee to become LEED registered and certified. The charges vary based on the size of the facility. Normal fees are between $1,000 and $12,500 depending on the size of the facility. The certification process can take up to one year.

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