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- Use a backsplash in kitchen areas for durability.
- Select easy to clean wall surfaces for ease of maintenance.
- Use low VOC wall finishes to protect indoor air quality.
- Look for regionally manufactured drywall to reduce GHG emissions from transportation and products with high recycled content.
- Use light color schemes such as white or tan painted walls to reflect natural light throughout the space.
- Consider dry erase wall panels to transform any smooth surface into a high-performance dry-erase writing surface.
- Consider demountable walls or partitions that can be moved and altered to create different types of spaces to meet the needs of the occupants.
- Use wall space in a copy room to educate employees on sustainability.
- Change signage regularly to stimulate interest.
- Consider replacing part of the standard wall with interior glazing to allow natural light to penetrate into the interior space.
- Use durable wall base materials such as rubber or hard wood to serve as a protective border.
- Consider natural cork as a tack surface. Cork comes in rolled, sheet, and tile forms.
- In rooms with sensitive electronic equipment, select wall finishes that are low-static.
- Walls should be cleanable and nonporous to prevent growth of mold and mildew.
- Use durable and water-resistant wall and base materials such as porcelain, stone, or ceramic tile.
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Materials - Recycled Content ( Guiding Principles criteria 5.1)
“Use products that meet or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recycled content recommendations for building construction, modifications, operations, and maintenance, where applicable and as required by statute.”
See the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) for recycled content recommendations by product type.
US EPA | Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
Low-Emitting Materials and Products ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 4.3</span>)
“Purchase, acquire, and ensure the use or application of low-emitting materials and products during the planning, construction, modification, maintenance, and operations of the facility.”
Whole Building Design Guide | Evaluating and Selecting Green Products
2018 IgCC Section 801
Materials - Biobased Content ( Guiding Principles crtieria 5.2)
“Use products with the highest content level per the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) bio-based content recommendations, where applicable and as required by statute.”
USDA BioPreferred.gov | About BioPreferred
USDA BioPreferred.gov | Policies and Laws
Whole Building Design Guide | Sustainable
Products ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 5.3</span>)
“Procure and utilize construction materials and building supplies that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their life cycle when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.”
See the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) for federal requirements by product type.
Whole Building Design Guide | Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers
EPA Greener Products and Services
2018 IgCC Section 901
Energy Efficiency ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 2.1</span>)
“Comply with all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements that establish Federal building energy efficiency standards and require the purchase, installation, and use of energy efficient products. Employ strategies that continue to optimize energy performance and minimize energy use throughout the operation and life of the building.”
DOE FEMP | Energy- and Water-Efficient Products
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1
Daylighting and Lighting Controls ( <span>Guiding Principles criteria 4.2</span>)
“Maximize opportunities for and benefits of daylighting in regularly occupied space to introduce daylight and views into the spaces, reinforce circadian rhythms, and reduce the use of electrical lighting. Ensure appropriate lighting controls and task lighting.”
2018 IgCC Section 801
Indoor Air Quality during Construction and Operations ( <span id="docs-internal-guid-f1e45d2e-bf74-2656-0c1b-777092dd54a0"><span><span>Guiding Principles criteria 4.6</span></span></span>)
“Implement necessary policies and protocols to prevent moisture damage to building materials and protect indoor air quality during renovations, repairs, and construction. Ensure indoor air quality procedures are in place that protect the air quality for occupants of the building during operations”
2018 IgCC Sections 1001