BLOOMINGTON, IN — The Ashkin Group
has been selected to help the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) gather comments regarding revisions to the Version 3 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance
(LEED-EBOM), according to a press release
LEED-EBOM helps building owners and managers measure building operations, including cleaning and maintenance issues, with the goal of maximizing efficiency while minimizing the environmental impact of the facility, the release noted.
The LEED-EBOM criteria incorporates a whole-building approach to cleaning and maintenance issues and includes such things as recycling programs employed in the facility, exterior maintenance programs and other systems and procedures related to building maintenance operations, the release stated.
According to the release, many of the revisions currently being reviewed by USGBC will likely become prerequisites for the standards, which are scheduled to be put into place in the next 12 to 24 months.
"This is something we must all pay very close attention to," said Stephen Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group and Sustainability Dashboard Tools LLC
"LEED-EBOM is very important for our industry and our customers because cleaning and maintenance issues are front and center for those facilities seeking LEED-EBOM certification," Ashkin added.