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Green Cleaning

A good green cleaning program uses processes and products with a low-environmental impact while still being effective at removing dirt and contaminants from the building. In addition, it protects the health of the cleaning staff. Green cleaning encompasses the use of non-toxic, biodegradable chemicals and recycled cleaning products, and uses cleaning equipment that has little to no environmental impact. It may also include daytime cleaning, the training of employees, use of microfiber cleaning cloths, and the use of concentrated cleaning chemicals that require less packaging.

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Whole Building Systems

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Create a green cleaning maintenance plan utilizing less-toxic cleaning materials and strategies.

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Institute a green cleaning plan that emphasizes the use of an entryway dirt capture system.

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Maintain cleanliness levels with Green Cleaning and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Plans.

  • IEQ - EQp3

    Green Cleaning Policy

  • IEQ - EQc6

    Green Cleaning - Custodial Effectiveness Assessment

  • IEQ - EQc7

    Green Cleaning - Products and Materials

  • IEQ - EQc8

    Green Cleaning - Equipment

  • IEQ - Green Cleaning and Integrated Pest Management

    It is no surprise that regular upkeep is necessary to maintain a high indoor air quality, as dust, dirt, and mold accrue on materials in the space o...

  • IEQ - Green Cleaning Plan

    A successful Green Cleaning Plan limits the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemicals, ensures pro...

  • IEQ - Facility Manager

    By establishing green cleaning contracts and purchasing agreements that specify environmentally-friendly cleaning and office materials, the facility...

  • IEQ - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) dedicates an entire credit section to enhancing t...

  • IEQ - Maintenance

    Maintenance personnel are critical in ensuring ongoing indoor environmental performance. Thorough green cleaning and purchasing plans should be easy...

  • Planted Roof - Energy Production

    The vegetation on a planted roof removes fine particulates (PM), black carbon, and pollen out of the air, which lends well to incorporating solar pa...

  • Solid Waste - Green Construction Policy and Waste Management Plan

    Through a Green Construction Policy and Waste Management Plan, a project team can effectively plan for and take steps to minimize the amount of non-...

Materials

  • Oven and Grill Cleaners

    Over cleaners often use strong chemicals to break down accumulated grease and food residue. These cleansers can contribute to po...
  • Dish Washing Products

    Soaps and other cleansing agents are required for washing and sanitizing food service items. Select products that are plant-base...
  • Overhead Air Distribution

    Overhead air distribution is the most common approach to mixing and delivering conditioned air to a space, though the delivery method can vary from ...
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED)

    LEDs bulbs use a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs to make white light, which it then emits in a specific direction. They do not contain mercury, are...
  • Fluid Applied

    Fluid applied flooring is commonly made of a poured epoxy or urethane coating. It is commonly used in restrooms or in decorative areas where easy cl...