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Three Tiers for Renovating Sustainably

  
  
  
  

TIER ONE - Business Operations – Conserving and Reducing

Operations

Purchasing supplies – evaluate which supplies can be purchased with recycled content

Printing - Provide policies to try and reduce in-office printing

Promoting alternative means of transportation - Car Pools; Mass Transportation; Fuel efficient vehicles; Bicycling

Institute a recycling program

Provide a designated smoking area away from building openings and/or institute a smoking policy that provides assistance in reducing smoking.

Institute a cleaning program with low or no VOC cleaning agents

Energy

Lamps – change incandescent to fluorescent

Implement a policy to turn lights off when not in use

Water

Low-flow aerators

Materials

Any new finishes to have recycled content and/or low or no VOC’s (ex. Paint)

Environment

Provide access to temperature controls with a policy for how to regulate control, especially while there are no occupants in the space

TIER TWO - Facility Upgrades – (all the pertinent above mentioned strategies plus those outlined below)

Energy

Upgrade lighting fi xtures

Purchase green power credits

Provide occupancy sensors to regulate lights

Water

Implement upgraded fi xtures for those that do not meet current code

Alternatively, upgrade all plumbing fixtures to low-fl ow

Materials

Any new finishes instituted to have recycled content and/or low or no VOC’s (ex. Paint).

Environment

Provide programmable temperature controls based on occupancy of space

TIER THREE - Major Renovation – (all the above mentioned strategies plus those outlined below)

Operations

Re-landscape with drought tolerant and native species for minimal irrigation use

Increase landscaped areas

Introduce building commissioning

Provide a designated recycling center

Provide detailed construction waste management and waste diversion plans

Energy

Upgrade roofi ng to highly refl ective material

Upgrade exterior lighting – timers/ light sensors

Upgrade HVAC equipment

Implement renewable energy technologies

Upgrade building envelope – Windows, doors and insulation

Reuse as much as building as possible

Water

Replace all fixtures to ultra low-fl ow

Evaluate use of reclaimed or cistern water

Materials

Any new finishes to have recycled content and/or low or no VOC’s (ex. Paint)

Use rapidly renewable materials in renovation where possible

Use regional materials in renovation where possible

Use certified products where possible

Environment

Increased ventilation – fresh air

Use only low emitting or no emitting VOC materials, adhesives, paints, carpets, composite woods

Provide lighting control

Provide temperature control

Provide programmable temperature control based on occupancy of space

Provide natural day-lighting and views for regularly occupied spaces

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