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Door System

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Design Guidance

Overall Strategies

Doors in a sustainable workplace should be insulated to prevent loss of conditioned air. Exterior doors in a sustainable workplace should be insulated and weather resistant to prevent loss of conditioned air while interior doors should be made from recycled or renewable resources. Consider using glass or treated glass for doors as they facilitate collaboration and permit the transmission of daylight. Avoid doors with added urea-formaldehyde as this is a common source of the indoor air pollutant.

Best Practices

  • Consider doors that are made of recycled content or are recyclable at the end of their lives.
  • Wood doors can be certified to prove the material was harvested in a responsible way.
  • Consider door finishes such as paints and stains that are low in VOC content.
  • Consider composite wood doors with no added urea-formaldehyde and door finishes such as paints and stains that are low in VOC content.
  • Use glass or treated glass doors where possible to permit the transmission of light.

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EB = Existing BuildingsNC = New Construction and Major Renovation

Federal Requirements

Guiding Principles

  • Recycled Content ( Guiding Principles [EB, NC])
    Section: V. Reduce Environmental Impact of Materials

    Per Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), for EPA-designated products, specify products meeting or exceeding EPA's recycled content recommendations. For other products, specify materials with recycled content when practicable. If EPA-designated products meet performance requirements and are available at a reasonable cost, a preference for purchasing them shall be included in all solicitations relevant to construction, operation, maintenance of or use in the building. EPA's recycled content product designations and recycled content recommendations are available on EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guideline website.

  • Environmentally Preferable Product ( Guiding Principles [EB, NC])
    Section: V. Reduce Environmental Impact of Materials

    Use products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their lifecycle when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. A number of standards and ecolabels are available in the marketplace to assist specifiers in making environmentally preferable decisions. For recommendations, consult the Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers.

  • Daylighting and Lighting Controls ( Guiding Principles [EB, NC])
    Section: IV. Enhance Environmental Quality

    Guiding Principles for NC & EB: “Maximize opportunities for daylighting...except where not appropriate because of building function, mission, or structural constraints. Maximize the use of automatic dimming controls or accessible manual lighting controls, task lighting where life cycle cost-effective, and appropriate shade and glare control.”
    Determining Compliance: “Maximize opportunities for daylighting in regularly occupied space, automatic dimming controls or accessible manual controls, task lighting, and shade and glare control.”

  • Material Content and Performance ( Guiding Principles [EB])
    Section: V. Reduce the Environmental Impact of Materials

    From the Guiding Principles for EB: Procure construction materials, products, and supplies that have a “lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their life cycle when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose”, including:
    (i) “Use Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) section 6002 compliant products that meet or exceed EPA’s recycled content recommendations for building construction, modifications, operations, and maintenance.”
    (ii) “Per section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (FSRIA), for USDA-designated products, use products with the highest content level per USDA’s biobased content recommendations.”
    (iii) “Purchase products that meet Federally Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels or are on the Federal Green Procurement Compilation.”
    (iv) Eliminate, to the maximum extent practicable, “ozone depleting compounds and high global warming potential (GWP) chemicals where EPA’s SNAP has identified acceptable substitutes or where other environmentally preferable products are available” during construction, repair, or replacement at the end of life.
    Determining Compliance: “Procure products that meet the following requirements where applicable: (A) RCRA section 6002, and (B) FSRIA section 9002, and (C) Federally Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels or are on the Federal Green Procurement Compilation for other green products, as appropriate, and (D) Avoid ozone depleting compounds and high GWP chemicals.”