Green Business

Green Building Operations & Maintenance

Interest in green buildings has grown dramatically in recent years. For the federal government, this is due in part to requirements set by federal mandates such as Executive Order 13514, which requires all new federal buildings to meet strict environmental standards. In addition, local governments are implementing their own building requirements, such as Washington, DC’s Green Building Act of 2006, which requires all new buildings to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems. Most of the focus of these initiatives, however, has been on new construction. Once a building has been constructed, Green Seal provides guidance to improve the operations and maintenance of the building to decrease energy and water use and decrease the use of toxic chemicals.

Green Building Operations & Maintenance Manual for Public Housing

Partnering with Siemens Industry, Inc., and 14 public housing authorities across the United States, Green Seal developed the Green Building Operations & Maintenance Manual: A Guide for Public Housing Authorities. There are three versions of the manual for different climate regions within the United States: northern, southeast, and southwest. Click below to download the manual in its entirety.
Green Building Operations & Maintenance Manual: A Guide for Public Housing Authorities

While this document was written for use by Public Housing Authorities, the material and practices covered by the manual can be used for the operation and maintenance for any institution or facility. Individual chapters are available for download below.

Section One: Maintenance in Common Areas
Cleaning Procedures and Products
HVAC in NorthernSoutheastSouthwest Climate Region
Parking Garage and Surface Lot Maintenance
Recycling and Special Waste Programs
Roofing Maintenance
Snow Removal and De-Icing
Water Fixtures and Conservation
    Section Two: Unit Maintenance and Turnaround
    Unit Maintenance
    Unit Turnaround
      Section Three: Residential Initiatives for a Greener Public Housing Authority
      Resident Education
      Recycling Programs
      Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Programs
      Purchasing Assistance Program
      Landscaping Stewardship, Community Gardening, and Composting Programs

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      City of Philadelphia
      • Developed specifications for bidding process to provide environmental custodial services for the City of Philadelphia for the Police Forensic Science Center. The City of Philadelphia requires that its buildings be cleaned to protect public health and to reduce environmental impacts.
      Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
      Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank
      • Conducted environmental evaluations of the IDB and the World Bank headquarters facilities operations and maintenance activities.
      Susquehanna Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SABVI)
      • Worked with SABVI to develop a green facilities action plan to reduce energy use, use less-toxic cleaning and other products, and increase recycling and waste reduction.   More information.
      University of Miami
      • Conducted an assessment of three University of Miami campuses regarding the environmental aspects of their purchasing and facilities management.