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Monday's Ask the Experts: Bidding on LEED-certifed buildings

March 01, 2010
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Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: The building that I am bidding on is a Gold certified LEED facility. It is approx. 50,000 sq ft. but only 18,300 is going to be used for a surgical center. What is the going rate per square foot on LEED buildings? They will pay for building supplies.
The answer
As with all buildings, there are too many variables to establish a set rate for this structure. In fact, portions such as the surgical center will clean much slower than the general office areas and those slower than the open public areas.
Your experience as a contractor will be your best guide. You should have solid understanding of the principles of green cleaning because that will be expected in a LEED certified structure. A helpful resource may be found at:
You may have to register with ISSA to get to it, but the document, "Green Cleaning and LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance What''s the Connection?" will guide you through the basics.
The USGBC now uses this definition: "Green cleaning is the use of cleaning products and practices that have lower environmental impacts and more positive indoor air quality impacts than conventional products and practices."
If you need to
... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor
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