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LEED Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies You Should Know

Posted September 26, 2018 in Matting, Entrance Mats, Commercial Floor Mats
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Did you know that your entryway matting can contribute up to 2 points towards your building’s LEED certification?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements are standard practices for purchasing and designing with environmentally friendly materials for a building. Points are used to measure how “green” a building is in specific areas of design and construction. The sum of all these points determine the scale of LEED Certification in a building.

To qualify for one of the two potential points, your building must have in place permanent entryway systems at least 10 feet (3 meters) long in the primary direction of travel to capture dirt and particulates entering the building at regularly used exterior entrances. Acceptable entryway systems include permanently installed grates, grilles, slotted systems that allow for cleaning underneath, rollout mats, and any other materials manufactured as entryway systems with equal to or better performance. All installed matting systems must be maintained on a weekly basis.

Warehouses & Distribution Centers only
Buildings are not required to provide entryway systems at doors leading from the exterior to the loading dock/garage, but must provide them between these spaces and adjacent office areas.

Multifamily only
Common area entrances shall meet the requirements above. For residential units with a direct entrance to the exterior, have in place a walk off mat.

Facilities must also perform routine inspection and monitoring of the facility’s green cleaning policy to verify that the specified strategies are being used and to identify areas in need of improvement.

Additionally, building operators must conduct an annual audit in accordance with APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities’ Custodial Staffing Guidelines, or a local equivalent, to determine the appearance level of the facility. The facility must score 2.5 or better.

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