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USGBC creates new LEED pilot credits in response to COVID-19 pandemic

In response to the ongoing pandemic and problem of soon-to-be-reoccupied buildings, the U.S. Green Building Council has released four new LEED credits.

The USGC, through four newly available LEED credits, aims to assure those returning to work in commercial office buildings that the air they breath, the water they drink, and the surfaces they touch are safe. (Alice Butenko/Unsplash)
The USGC, through four newly available LEED credits, aims to assure those returning to work in commercial office buildings that the air they breath, the water they drink, and the surfaces they touch are safe. (Alice Butenko/Unsplash)

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Earlier this summer, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the creation of a quartet of new pilot credits for both previously LEED-certified building projects and projects currently undergoing LEED certification that each uniquely responds to the issues of building safety and occupant health during (and in the wake of) the COVID-19 pandemic.

The so-called Safety First pilot credits, generated as part of the USGC’s broader Healthy Economy strategy, deal with cleaning and sanitation, workplace re-occupancy, indoor air quality/HVAC operations, and water safety/plumbing operations. All LEED 2009, LEED v4, and LEED v4.1 projects are eligible to earn the credits, which are subject to refinements as new public health information becomes available and feedback is received. All credits are worth one possible point.

The USGBC stressed in a June news statement that as restrictions are lifted and buildings slowly but surely reopen across the country, “… businesses and government must rebuild people’s trust and demonstrate how the estimated 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S. are focused on health and committed to positively impacting communities moving forward.” The four credits are specifically designed to help gain that trust from a largely wary public.

The Safety First: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space credit is available to facilities that “create a policy and implement procedures that follow green cleaning best practices that support a healthy indoor environment and worker safety. It also mandates “procedures and training for cleaning personnel, occupant education and other services that are within a management team’s control.” As the USGBC has noted, existing cleaning products and procedures are effective in mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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