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January 1, 2014

The ISSA Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building (CIMS-GB), a nationally recognized certification program that provides third-party verification for cleaning operations, is now a direct option to meet the green cleaning policy prerequisite of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) revised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) rating system.

There are 184 CIMS-certified organizations in the US, more than 150 of which are CIMS-GB certified.

In this new version, using a CIMS-GB certified cleaning service provider is specified as one way a facility can demonstrate compliance with the Indoor Environmental Quality Prerequisite for green cleaning. To take advantage of the CIMS-GB option, a facility will have to be cleaned by a certified organization and audited by an approved assessor within the past 12 months.  In other words, facilities seeking LEED:EBOM certification will have the option of developing and implementing a comprehensive green cleaning program or simply using a CIMS-GB certified provider.

Existing LEED 2009 projects can continue to register under that version of the rating system through June 2015. After that, LEED v4 will be required.

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