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Draft CIMS Green Building criteria open for public review

August 6, 2009
LINCOLNWOOD, IL — The proposed criteria for the Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building (CIMS-GB), the green-building dimension of ISSA’s popular CIMS certification program, is now available for public review and comment, according to a press release.
According to the release, the review period begins Thursday, August 6, 2009, and continues through September 4, 2009.
ISSA assembled a nine-member technical committee that includes representatives of all industry segments to develop the draft CIMS-GB criteria that will form the basis for a new GB designation, which is intended to meet the growing demand for green certification, the release stated.
The criteria is expected to be largely based on the specific green cleaning requirements of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB: O&M) building rating system, the release noted.
ISSA Director of Facility Service Programs Dan Wagner said: "The ultimate goal of the CIMS Green Building criteria and designation will be to allow organizations to verify their ability to assist customers in meeting the LEED-EB: O&M green cleaning requirements, but we also have a unique opportunity to raise the bar beyond LEED as far as environmental preferability and cleaning is concerned. The committee has started the work of doing so, and we are eager to receive feedback from the industry at large as to how we can develop a practical industry standard that takes green cleaning to the next level while answering the specific market demand created by LEED."
Individuals interested in reviewing the draft criteria are encouraged to visit and may submit applicable feedback to, the release added.
ISSA expects to officially publish the CIMS-GB final criteria at ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America 2009 at McCormick Place in Chicago October 6 through 9.
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