How to achieve Green Cleaning in BD+C and ID+C

Green Building Team on February 28, 2018

Historically one of the most common innovation strategies has been Green Cleaning. The requirements for this credit have evolved over time with each new rating system and version, and project teams should review their current Green Cleaning policies to ensure that they meet the new v4 requirements. So how does one achieve Green Cleaning on a LEED v4 project? Check out the Innovation catalog for both Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) which has established requirements for both. Once the appropriate credit is selected be sure to click on the Resources tab which contains a Green Cleaning Policy template that can be catered to each project type. Reviewer Tip – the template makes it easy to ensure your policy will successfully meet the requirements.


Under BD+C, project teams should refer to the LEED O+M Starter Kit credit, which is a collection of O+M credits for which establishment policy requirements can be bundled together in order to achieve one Innovation credit. Note that BD+C projects cannot achieve an innovation credit from pursuing LEED v4 O+M EQ prerequisite Green Cleaning Policy alone; project teams must select two of the available five prerequisites and credits:

  • SSp Site Management Policy
  • MRp Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy
  • MRp Facility Maintenance and Renovations Policy
  • EQp Green Cleaning Policy – (Option 1 only)
  • EQc Integrated Pest Management

For each of the identified prerequisites and credits the Performance requirements are optional. For a complete set of requirements please refer to the Credit Library.


Under ID+C, however, project teams may earn one innovation credit by pursuing the Green Cleaning Policy (Option 1 or 2).

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