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Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

Follow these overall sustainable strategies if your project involves a major tenant gut rehab for spaces under 10,000 SF. Use a current version of LEED for Commercial Interiors for tenant improvement projects over 10,000 SF. Federal projects should ensure that they are aligned with or meet the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. Refer to the Apply Section of SFTool for a representative project case study to discover key practices, benefits, results and checklists.

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Sustainable Strategies

Getting Started
  • Get started by defining the key green strategies for the renovation early
  • Gather a team of creative, dedicated professionals who spur new ideas and ensure a collaborative, integrative design process
  • Include green strategies, materials, and practices in the construction documents and specifications
  • If relocating, choose a green building with sustainable site attributes such as mass transit, services and amenities for your workers, and a property management company using green practices
  • Test-fit space against your green criteria and space optimization
  • If renovating in place, phase work to minimize potential for cross contamination between occupied and construction areas
  • Use Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) environmental and energy guidelines for product and service purchases
  • Test for hazardous materials and appropriately handle hazardous materials removal
  • Separate areas of contamination from clean or finished areas of work and provide temporary barriers to limit the construction area impact
  • Protect materials stored on site from moisture and animal infiltrations by establishing dry, secure storage both inside the building and out
  • Divert construction waste from landfills and facilitate the recycling of construction waste through the standardization of processes
  • Implement dust and contaminant control measures, including high-efficiency vacuum filtrations and a high frequency of cleaning and dust removal during construction
  • Protect all ductwork and HVAC equipment during construction from pollutants and dust infiltration
  • Ventilate with 100 percent of outside air when temperature and humidity allow, especially when VOC-containing materials are being installed
  • When construction is complete, replace the filtration media in the HVAC systems with highest appropriate MERV value filters to maintain clean indoor air
Materials Selection
Lighting and Lighting Controls
Occupant Health and Productivity
  • Reduce water use by changing out water fixtures to high-efficiency models
  • Limit permanent walls to functional areas of the building such as restrooms, storage, or data rooms and placing them to the core of the building; instead, consider movable walls for easy reconfiguration and reduction of construction waste
  • Plan for modularity with space types that can be interchanged such as private office to open space and to conference room


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