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Microfiber: 95% Score for Water Conservation

Why We Prefer Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizers

How to Verify EPA DfE "Safe" Cleaning Chemicals

Floor Finish: To Zinc or Not to Zinc

LEED v4 Cleaning Chemical Changes

Replacing Traditional Aerosols with Healthier Alternatives

Recognizing Third-Party Certifications

Our iPads are Saving Several Trees Each Month!

LEED- v.4 Update: Summer 2013 Ballot Voting

Cavalier Helps Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Who Says Tissue Has To Be White?

Saving Landfills One Pad at a Time

Cleaning Credit Changes in LEED v4 for Existing Buildings

100% Bio-Degradable Plastic is also Recyclable

Local Green Resource: Hampton Roads Green Building Council
 

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Long Live Your Commercial Vacuum!

Windsor Commercial VacuumWith proper maintenance your commercial vacuum can provide decades of high performance.  It is not uncommon to hear about vacuums that are 20 or even 30 years old and still going strong.
   
The key to obtaining a long vacuum life is initially investing in a well-made, quality, commercial-grade machine. Typically, the vacuums found online or through big box suppliers are not a quality commercial grade and will disappoint you in their performance.  Additionally, they will not provide the longevity that a higher quality machine will deliver, forcing you to re-invest after a few years.

Second, pay attention to regular maintenance. We often see vacuums come in for service that incur high service costs due to maintenance neglect.  Some of the most common problems we see:  

  • Not replacing vacuum bags before they reach 75% full. Bags that are more than 75% full create a drain on the machine and decrease suction power.
  • Hair, string or ribbon that has wrapped around the brush roller.  This leads to broken belts and motor damage.
  • Extremely dirty filters that should have been replaced. (Tip: change filter every 15 bag changes)

Cavalier services all makes and models of vacuum cleaners and provides fast pick-up and delivery. Call us at 888.569.0066 for more information.

> Read "Seven Steps To Avoid Vacuum Repair Bills"

> Review our inventory of quality, commercial vacuums

> See our supply of vacuum bags and filters

 

Microfiber: 95% Score for Water Conservation

Microfiber Charging BucketMicrofiber flat mops quickly deliver ergonomic and labor benefits with lighter-weight and more highly absorbent material. 

But have you considered the additional environmental and budget savings which are realized in water and chemicals?

A study conducted at University of California, Davis closely tracked statistics comparing the use of microfiber flat mops with traditional string mops. 

It was found that microfiber mops needed just 5 gallons of water per 100 rooms compared to conventional mops using 105 gallons per 100 rooms.

Although microfiber mops can be laundered in standard washing machines and take up less room than string mops, they must be laundered after each use (each room).  By comparison, string mops are washed just once a day as they are rinsed, wrung, re-charged with cleaning solution, and used repeatedly throughout the day. 

The UC Davis studied showed that microfiber mops overall use 95% less water and chemicals than conventional mops, even taking into consideration the additional laundering needs.

> Read the full study conducted at UC Davis

 

Why We Prefer Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizers

Boy uses hand sanitizer to ignite fireWe’ve all seen the reports that alcohol-based hand sanitizers (preferably 70% alcohol or more) are better options than non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water is not available.

However, these studies do not consider a number of other factors that must be considered when choosing the best non-soap and water option for your facility.

Hundreds of school districts (including New York State Department of Education and VA Beach School District), correctional centers, day care centers and the U.S. Naval Submarine Command have banned the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

The reasons to reject alcohol hand sanitizers include:

  1. Toxicity: Some estimate the concentration of alcohol in a two ounce container of 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer to be the equivalent of six shots of vodka.
  2. Flammability: The flammability rating (HMIS) on many 70% hand sanitizers is a very high “3,” indicating the product can ignite under almost all normal temperature conditions.
  3. Open Cuts Deter Use: Intense stinging occurs if applied to hands with cuts or abrasions.
  4. Causes Skin Dryness: Many report the alcohol dries out their skin
  5. Can Harm Facility Surfaces: Leaking dispensers can harm floors and other surfaces.

Most non-alcohol based alternatives contain the organic compound Benzalkonium chloride as an active ingredient. This quaternary surfactant has been shown to be 99.9% effective in destroying the cell integrity of bacteria and germs, and can be found in antiseptic solutions, cleansing towelettes and baby “wet wipes.” Quat-based hand sanitizers are made with quaternary surfactants that destroy the cell integrity of bacteria and germs.

Additionally, most non-alcohol hand sanitizers are less expensive than the alcohol counterparts.

Call Cavalier today at 757.855.6091 for our best pricing on non-alcohol hand sanitizers.

> Read more about the benefits of non-alcohol hand sanitizers at Moms Advocating for Safe Sanitizers
> View video of boy starting fire with hand sanitizer

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How to Verify EPA DfE "Safe" Cleaning Chemicals

EPA DfE logoAt the beginning of 2014, the EPA added 50 chemicals to the Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL). 

The list is now comprised of 650 chemicals that meet the safety criteria in the EPA DfE program.   How can you verify that the cleaning chemicals in your closet contain DfE safer ingredients?

Some manufacturers have gone through the process of obtaining DfE recognition, and those products should have a DfE logo on the label.  Currently, there are about 2,500 products that carry the DfE Safer Product Label.  You can also verify if a product has DfE recognition by accessing the database on the EPA DfE website.

However, not all “safer” chemicals have pursued DfE recognition.  If you want to compare the ingredients in your products with those considered to be “safer chemical ingredients” by the EPA, you can access the full list on the EPA’s DfE website .  The list is organized by the following categories:

  • Chelating agents
  • Colorants
  • Defoamers
  • Enzymers & Enzyme Stabilizers
  • Fragrances
  • Oxidants and Oxidant Stabilizers
  • Polymers
  • Preservatives and Antioxidants
  • Processing Aids and Additives
  • Solvents
  • Specialized Industrial Chemicals
  • Surfactants
  • Uncatagorized

You’ll find these listing of chemicals are marked with the following codes:

  • Green Circle = the chemical has been verified to be of low concern based on experimental and modeled data
  • Green Half-Circle = The chemical is expected to be of low concern, but additional data would strengthen EPA’s confidence in its safer status
  • Yellow Triangle – the chemical has met DfE criteria for its functional ingredient-class, but has some hazard profile issues.
  • Grey Square – This chemical will not be acceptable for use in products that are candidates for the DfE label and currently labeled products that contain it must reformulate.

Got questions?  Cavalier is more than happy to audit your closet, evaluate the ingredients in your cleaning chemicals, and if appropriate, suggest safer, healthier options.

> Access the full EPA DfE safer chemical list

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Floor Finish: To Zinc or Not To Zinc

It’s a question that many facility managers ask themselves … do you use a floor finish with zinc in order to achieve that great, hard, beautiful shine or do you eliminate zinc from your accepted ingredients and be kinder to your water systems?

As debated in our industry, the primary problem with zinc is its effect in waste treatment plants. According to the Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Product, sewage treatment plants "cannot take such metals out of the sewage very well. Enough zinc gets through the treatment plant to harm shellfish and other animals living in the river or bay where the treated sewage is discharged.”

Many have argued that the amount disposed of in the course of our use in floor finishes is quite small and the real problem comes from the manufacturing plants where the zinc cross-linked polymers are made.
In the end, it perhaps doesn’t matter what the cause is from ... whether it is the zinc compound going down your drain or those dispersed by the manufacturing plant. 

If you can eliminate zinc but still have a great looking floor, why wouldn’t you?  We’ve discovered two options for eliminating conventional zinc from your floor finish. 

Zinc-Free Floor Finish

For the zinc-free purist there is a new Green Seal certified product called G2 Green Finish.  It’s fast drying and levels nicely.  Not only is it zinc-free, but does not contain Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO), phthalates, or ammonia. It also meets the new 1% VOC regulation, so everyone can breathe easier.  The deep gloss is truly remarkable for a zinc-free floor finish.

New Nano Zinc Technology
Essential X-Nano YouTubeWe’ve discovered an extraordinary product made with a new technology that gives you the best of both worlds … the benefits of zinc-cross polymers with the environmental advantages of eliminating conventional zinc molecules.

How is it done?  Essential Industries has created a patented non-zinc technology that is used in its “X-Coat™ Nano” floor finish. 

This chemistry has created a molecule that performs like a conventional zinc molecule in its polymer matrix, but is miniscule in comparison. 

It does not contain any ammonia complexes (as does a conventional zinc molecule), so it actually performs better than the zinc-based floor finishes of the past while being environmentally preferred by waste treatment facilities. 

Since there are no ammonia complexes, X-Coat Nano is able to form extremely strong, dense cross-linking between the polymers, which results in a rapid gloss build (only 20 minutes in between coats). It is highly resistant to soil and heel marks, and significantly extends your maintenance cycle.  Without ammonia, It smells much better, too!

Essential Industries has a great informational video that explains this new technology and how it achieves its superior floor finish performance.  

The video does an excellent job of demonstrating what cross-polymers are, how they perform in a floor finish, and the implications of a denser, closer weave in everyday performance.

Call Cavalier today at 800.242.1400 to see how X-Coat Nano solves the question of “to zinc or not to zinc.

> Read more about X-Nano in our online catalog

> Find out more about G2 Green Finish Floor Coating in our online catalog

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LEED v4 Cleaning Chemical Changes

What it means for existing buildings and the purchase of cleaning chemicals

LEED-v4The ballots are in, the votes are counted, and LEED v-4 is approved with 86% of the vote.  The breakdown of the votes were:

  • 90% user approval
  • 77% general interest approval
  • 89% producer approval

Watch for the official launch of the revised LEED v4 to be at the Greenbuild Conference & Expo on November 20 – 22, 2013 in Philadelphia.  However, both versions of LEED (v3 or 2009) and v4 will be operational until 2015.

In regards to the use of cleaning products and materials for existing buildings, there have been a few changes for LEED v4. The threshold for the purchasing of products that comply with LEED standards has increased from 30% to 75%, by cost, of the total annual purchases.  That includes the purchase of: cleaning products, hand soaps, disposable janitorial paper products and trash liners.

The acceptable LEED standards have changed, as well, including recognized third-party certifications: Green Seal, Environmental Choice (EcoLogo) and EPA DfE.  Cleaning devices using ionized water are also acceptable if their performance data is equivalent to the three standards mentioned above.

Some details of the cleaning products acceptable certfications are:

Cleaning Products:

  • Green Seal GS-37 for general purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaners
  • Environmental Choice CCD-110 for cleaning and degreasing compounds
  • Environmental Choice CCD- 146, for hard-surface cleaners;
  • Environmental Choice CCD-148, for carpet and upholstery care;
  • Green Seal GS-40, for industrial and institutional floor care products;
  • Environmental Choice CCD-147, for hard-floor care;
  • EPA Design for the Environment Program’s Standard for Safer Cleaning Products; and/or
  • Cleaning devices that use only ionized water or electrolyzed water and have third-party-verified performance data equivalent to the other standards mentioned above (if the device is marketed for antimicrobial cleaning, performance data must demonstrate antimicrobial performance comparable to EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Design for the Environment requirements, as appropriate for use patterns and marketing claims).

Disinfectants, metal polish, or other products not addressed by the above standards

  • Environmental Choice CCD-112, for digestion additives for cleaning and odor control;
  • Environmental Choice CCD-113, for drain or grease trap additives;
  • Environmental Choice CCD-115, for odor control additives;
  • Green Seal GS-52/53, for specialty cleaning products;
  • California Code of Regulations maximum allowable VOC levels for the specific product category;
  • EPA Design for the Environment Program’s standard for safer cleaning products; and/or
  • Cleaning devices that use only ionized water or electrolyzed water and have third-party-verified performance data equivalent to the other standards mentioned above (if the device is marketed for antimicrobial cleaning, performance data must demonstrate antimicrobial performance comparable to EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Design for the Environment requirements, as appropriate for use patterns and marketing claims).

Compliance to these requirements (in addition to those for hand soaps, paper products and liners) earns a possible 1 point towards LEED certification.

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Replacing Traditional Aerosols with Healthier Alternatives

EFP-Furniture-PolishIt has been decades since the US banned with use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in aerosol production, however aerosols can still contain hydrocarbons and/or other compressed gases that are known to contribute to global warming.

Additionally, almost all aerosols emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  The aerosol delivery system increases the negative effects of VOCs because of the reduced particle size and the proximity to the user when the product is being sprayed.

In addition to the health and environmental concerns, we realize the difficulty many customers have in the proper disposal of aerosol cans.  Although recyclable, the can must be completely spent before disposal. In some areas, the cans must be deposited at special recycling centers.

Cavalier, Inc. offers a number of non-aerosol options for more hassle-free and healthier facility management, including choices for cleaning products that have traditionally only been available in an aerosol container.

Earth Friendly Products are made using only sustainable, plant-based ingredients and are free of synthetic perfumes and dyes:

  • Furniture Polish: Recognized by EPA’s DfE and USDA’s BioPreferred program, this furniture cleaner, conditioner, and protectant is formulated with a blend of olive, lemon and orange oils. 
  • Graffiti Remover - Effectively removes paint, ink, permanent marketer, crayon and adhesive from any hard surface including brick, stone, or concrete. 
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner – Recognized by EPA’s DfE and USDA’s BioPreferred Program, this non-aerosol product will not leave streaks, hazing, or oily residue behind, while protecting the surface from water spots and finger prints.

The EasyFresh air freshening solution by Fresh Products replaces the need for metered aerosol products.  It provides 30-day air freshening with an automated fan mechanism that runs only when needed so there is a consistent release of fragrance without a metered aerosol. 

EasyFresh is available with a range of fragrances including: Bubblegum, Citrus, Cotton Blossom, Cucumber Melon, Fabulous, Guava Pineapple, Herbal Mint, Honeysuckle, Kiwi Grapefruit, Ocean Mist, and Spiced Apple.

We are striving to eliminate all aerosols from our offerings while recognizing the need for some of our customers to use them.  For that reason we offer the most environmentally friendly aerosols we have found available, the Green World line by Chase Products Company.  

The Champion Sprayon® Green World N™ products are the first DfE recognized products with a continuous spray system, using natural nitrogen as a propellant.

Ready to pitch the traditional aerosols and switch to healthier options?  Give us a call for the best substitution for your particular cleaning needs.

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Recognizing Third-Party Green Certifications

As the JanSan industry has led the way in greening its products and creating a more sustainable, healthier environment, there has been a proliferation of green certifications to help guide procurement officers through the plethora of green choices.

Recently, the FTC revised its guidelines regarding third-party certification to more fully define first-party seals (created by the manufacturer), second-party seals (created by an industry association) and third-party seals (those earned by an independent organization).

Here are a few of the most popular third-party certifications:

Green-Seal-Logo Green Seal - http://www.greenseal.org/

Known as the pioneer in third-party certifications, Green Seal started in 1989 to provide environmental verification of cleaning products.  Green Seal is a non-profit organization that uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers, and companies to create a more sustainable world.
Sustainable Choise

Sustainable Choice  - http://www.scsglobalservices.com/green-product-certification

The Sustainable Choice program is conducted by SCS Global Services, a trusted leader in third-party environmental, sustainability and food quality certification, auditing, testing and standards development. The program certifies the environmental claims for carpet, resilient flooring, and fabrics.  This certification qualifies products for LEED, CA 01350, CHPS, ASHRAE and more.

EcoLogo-logo

EcoLogo / Environmental Choice - http://www.ecologo.org/en/

Ecologo is managed by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, and was founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada.  The EcoLogo Program is a Type I eco-label, as defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This means the program compares products/services with others in the same category, develops rigorous and scientifically relevant criteria that reflect the entire lifecycle of the product, and awards the EcoLogo to those that are verified by an independent third party as complying with the criteria.

DfE logo

DfE – EPA Design for the Environment - http://www.epa.gov/dfe/

The U.S. EPA's Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost-effective, and are safer for the environment.  Included in the certified product list are All-Purpose Cleaners, Window Cleaners, Tub/Tile Cleaners, Laundry Detergents, Carpet Cleaners, Degreasers, Deicers, and more.

Our staff is trained in deciphering the different product options for your needs and selecting the best solution for your situation, including the consideration of third-party certified items.  Give us a call today for our guidance and experience.  We can also help you navigate the differences between first-party, second-party and third-party certifications.

> Visit Green Seal

> Visit Sustainable Choice

> Visit EcoLogo

> Visit DfE

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Our iPads are Saving Several Trees Each Month!

Tablet-usageCavalier loves its iPads!  We have put iPads into the hands of all our salespeople and delivery/logistics employees and have seen a tremendous savings in paper and time.

Our delivery drivers use iPads for capturing delivery signatures and verification of orders. Gone are the days of lost, stained, crumpled, and torn packing slips.

Now our customers sign right on the iPad and these forms are immediately emailed to the proper recipient. We have those forms filed on our computer for easy access and retrieval, as needed.

Our sales team works faster and more effectively with touch-point access to inventory information, sell-sheets, catalog information, and even product demonstration videos.  There is a lot more space in their car trunks since they have eliminated the large, bulky sell books.  It is even easier to walk into accounts with one thin iPad instead of a carrying case of binders.

We've been able to cut our paper consumption from a ream or so a day to just about one ream a month! Since one tree creates about 16 ½ reams of paper, we figure we are saving at least a couple trees each month. 

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LEED- v.4 Update: Summer 2013 Ballot Voting

USGBC logoLEED v4, the updating of LEED 2009, has concluded its fifth and last comment period and has now entered its next stage of roll-out as it implements the beta testing stage.  Comments from the fifth comment period are being incorporated while the beta testing period proceeds.

Major changes seen in the draft for the fifth round of public comment, (made following the fourth public comment period), include changes regarding green vehicles, protecting habitats, minimum energy performance, building product disclosures, construction and demolition waste management, and daylight implementation.

Most of these changes addresses clarification of new credits.  As an example, in this most recent version, the requirements are clarified for attaining credits for green vehicles by providing preferred parking for green vehicles and charging stations for alternative fuel vehicles.

LEED v4 is expected to continue its push for energy efficiency, allocating nearly 20 percent of points to optimizing energy performance and curbing CO2 emissions. The document will also add more market sectors including data centers, warehouses, distribution, hospitality, mid-rise residential, and existing schools and retail.

The next step a USGBC member can participate in regarding LEED v.4 is the consensus body opt-in (April 1 – April 30th).  The consensus body is a sampling of USGBC members that vote on the passage of LEED v4 (you must first join the consensus body in order to vote). For more information on how you can participate, visit http://new.usgbc.org/leed/v4

LEED v4 is slated for ballot voting in the Summer of 2013.

> For more information about LEED v4 visit http://new.usgbc.org/leed/v4
> Read the summary of changes post-4th comment period for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance
> Obtain information on joining the consensus body   

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Cavalier Helps Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Clean SweepCavalier joined others in the JanSan industry to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the efforts of the New Jersey Sanitary Supply Association (NJSSA)

We filled a full pallet with requested supplies and sent them for distribution to our neighbors to the north.

Here is a list of organizations who received the donations from Cavalier and other donors in the janitorial and maintenance supply industry through the efforts of NJSSA Operation Clean Sweep:

Island Harvest - Long Island's largest hunger relief organization

The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties 

The Community Foodbank of NJ, 31 Evans Terminal Hillside, NJ 07205

St. Benedict Parish, 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel, NJ, 07733

Products donated by member companies were warehoused at Norshel Industries in Croydon, PA. Our thanks to Norshel for their assistance once again this year to the Operation Clean Sweep efforts.

NJSSA's Operation Clean Sweep was founded in 1993 and was expanded to other regional and state associations as a volunteer community service program. In 1995, Operation Clean Sweep became a national community-based program of the International Sanitary Supply Association.

In 1996, "Operation Clean Sweep" received an award of excellence from the American Society of Association Executives "Advance America" campaign. Nationally, over 1,000 member companies have participated in Operation Clean Sweep over the years with more than 500 member company volunteers participating in the yearly events.
 
Operation Clean Sweep selects deserving community-based facilities each year to which janitorial and sanitary supplies are donated or at which NJSSA member volunteers go onsite to clean the selected facility.

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Who Says Tissue Has To Be White?

Whether you are adhering to current Executive Orders calling for sustainable purchasing or just desiring a more ecological facility, it’s time to look at your away-from-home paper products.

According to Cascades Tissue Group CEO Suzanne Blanchet, “Beige is the new green, at least as it relates to towel and tissue.”  And it is no surprise, as our society looks for ways to produce and consume more sustainable products it makes sense to consider paper products.

The launch of the beige Cascades Moka™ heralds an exciting entry into sustainability.   It is the first bathroom tissue to eliminate chemical whitening.

The process of chemical whitening in paper products is done only for aesthetics and does not impact the performance of tissue. 

 

So how do people react to Moka and concerns about softness, absorbency and color?  Check out this video as people react to Moka

Moka is made from pulp mix comprised of 100% recycled material; 80% is post-consumer and 20 percent is from recovered corrugated boxes.

Cascades estimates if a complete swap in the US was made to its Moka tissue, approximately 30.6 million trees would be saved each year.  Additionally, the energy savings would equal the annual energy consumption of 619,811 households.

The product is also offset with 100 percent Green-e® certified renewable wind electricity; saving 2,500 pounds of CO2 emissions for each ton produced.

Call us today at 757.855.6091 for our pricing on Moka!

> Check out Cavalier's full line of tissue products (pages 234-279)

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Saving Landfills One Pad at a Time

Americo Floor PadsLet’s say last month you used a total of 20 24” burnishing pads. 

If you had been using pads made from polyester fiber comprised of 100% post-consumer and industrial recycled waste, you would have kept a total of 218 plastic bottles out of your local landfill.

Over a year, that would add up to quite a hefty number: 2,616 plastic bottles saved from landfill disposal!

And another environmental fun fact about floor pads: 1 case of 20” Americo floor pads = 38 water bottles or 12 plastic pop bottles (2 liter)!

We carry floor pads manufactured by AMERICO Manufacturing for their durability and performance.  But, as you can see, another added benefit is the manufacturing process of these pads.

The primary source of materials used in Americo’s polyester fiber is from recycled soda and water bottles.  In fact, the polyester fiber used in Americo’s pads is 100% post-consumer and industrial recycled waste!

Americo goes further in its concern for the environment.  The company uses only water-based latex resins in its binding process.  Therefore, there are no hazardous resins used in the manufacturing process.  The shipping cartons are made with, at a minimum, 45% recycled materials and has recently increased its energy efficiency by more than 30% with the installation of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. 

While you’re in the Americo manufacturing plant, take a deep breath … the plant is operating under an EPA approved Clean Air Permit.  You’ll also notice a very comfortable temperature, especially during the summer, as the roof has been treated with a highly reflective elastomeric coating that helps to naturally conserve energy by lowering the building’s temperature.

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Cleaning Credit Changes in LEED v4  for Existing Buildings

USGBC logoThe current LEED for Existing Building: Operations & Management (LEED-EBOM) is currently under revision by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), and the new version (v-4) should be released in 2013

LEED-EBOM is the rating system of the USGBC for single buildings, whether owner occupied, multi-tenanted, or multiple-building campus projects.  A building needs to have at least three months of operational data for an initial certification, and needs to be in operation for at least 12 continuous months before certifying.

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance ratings are awarded according to the following 100 base point scale:

  • Certified 40–49 points
  • Silver 50–59 points
  • Gold 60–79 points
  • Platinum 80 points and above

According to Steve Ashkin, president of The Ashkin Group, there are changes in the v4 revision that impacts the cleaning credits for buildings seeking LEED-EBOM certification. Some of these anticipated revisions include:

  • Use of disinfectants and sanitizers only when necessary
  • Developing goals for conserving energy and water throughout the building
  • CIMS-GB and GS-42 added as options to meet the cleaning pre-requisite
  • 75% of products must be green certified (up from current 30%)
  • 40% of equipment must be considered green (up from 20%)
  • Accepted product certifications now include EPA’s DfE and ISSA/EcoForm Transpare Program in addition to Green Seal and EcoLogo standards

Other cleaning credit elements have been “rolled into” another existing credit, including:

  • Green Cleaning Policy
  • Entry Mats
  • Exterior Cleaning Requirements
  • Waste Stream Audit

Got questions about LEED changes? Give the green cleaning professionals at Cavalier a call at 757.855.6091.

> Read full article by Steve Ashkin

>Link to LEED-EBOM FAQs

> Making the Most of LEED-EBOM

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TOLCO'S ECO-CHOICE IS A GAME CHANGER: 100% Bio-Degradable Plastic is also Recyclable

The search for an environmental solution to plastic disposal is over! 

Tolco Corporation's EcoChoice techonology will fully bio-degrade plastic within five years after disposal in landfills, residential composting, commercial composting, or buried underground.

Additionally, EcoChoice products help regenerate the soil by leaving behind methane and humus that is created during the bio-degrading process.

EcoChoice products are also fully recyclable.  So no matter what your disposal preference may be, you will be practicing environmental responsibility.  Since EcoChoice products are NOT affected by light, heat, or humidity, such as Oxo Degrader and Bioplastics, there will be no compromising on quality and practicality.


 

TOLCO explains the benefits of its Eco-Choice plastic technology.

Cost?  One might expect a hefty price tag for such sophisticated technology, but EcoChoice products COST THE SAME as similar non-biodegradable products.

EcoChoice products are currently available in spray bottles, urinal deodorizers, and restroom floor mats.

> See Cavalier's Catalog and EcoChoice listing

Refer to the chart below (provided by Tolco Corp) for a full comparison between EcoChoice and other bio-based products


EcoChoice®

Bio-based Plastics

Why this matters?

Contains the same type and amount of resin as the product it replaces plus the added benefit of EcoChoice®.

Some percentage of the product is substituted with a new resin which is derived from "renewable" source.

- EcoChoice® is un-altered from the product it replaces, other than the ADDED benefit of our proprietary additive.
- EcoChoice® products have the same performance, durability, and recyclability as the products they replace.
- Bio-based plastics REMOVE a percentage of the traditional plastic and substitute it with a new compound.
- The reformulation of Bio-based plastic products may alter the performance of the products they replace.

Engineered to work in your workflow process and not require you to alter how you use or dispose of the products.

Engineered to use new materials that may require you to alter how you use the products and dispose of them.

- EcoChoice® products have the same performance, durability, and recyclability as the products they replace.
- EcoChoice® products allow you to continue business as usual.
- Bio-based plastics are different from the products they substitute.
- Bio-based plastics require you to test for compliance in your application.
- Bio-based plastics may require you to alter your workflow and how you dispose of products.

Can be disposed of in the traditional recycling stream.

May require special handling to be recycled.

- EcoChoice® products have the same recycling number as the products they replace.
- Bio-based plastics have varying recycle numbers and may not be readily recyclable in your community.

Fully biodegrade in 5 years or less when disposed of in a commercial landfill. There are over 2,400 of these facilities in the USA alone.

Some percentage of the product biodegrades in a commercial compost facility in a reasonable amount of time. There are fewer than 500 of these facilities in all of the USA and Canada.

- EcoChoice® plastics will fully biodegrade in 5 years or less and leave the same byproducts as a decomposing piece of wood (CO2, CH4, H2O, and humus).
- Bio-based plastics are a mixed bag. The "Bio" portion of the plastic will biodegrade in reasonable period of time (10 years or less), however, the majority of the product is still composed of traditional plastics and will take hundreds of years to biodegrade.
- Bio-based plastics leave behind an unknown percentage of traditional plastics that will be fragmented into pieces after the "bio" portion is gone. This is a cause for concern.

Cost no more than the products they replace.

Typically cost significantly more than the products they replace.

- EcoChoice® products are Eco-Nomical™…Why wouldn't you do this?

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LOCAL GREEN RESOURCE: HAMPTON ROADS GREEN BUILDING COUNCILUS Green Buildng Council logo

A chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Hampton Roads Green Building Council (HRGBC) is a consortium of building industry leaders promoting sustainable and environmentally sound buildings in Hampton Roads. 

The mission of HRGBC is to promote sustainable building practices in the area to ultimately benefit the community through the practice of sustainable planning, design, construction and building operations.

The HRGBC conducts monthly events and learning sessions for those interested in promoting more sustainable buildings. 

> Learn more about Hampton Roads Green Building Council

 

 

 


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