BP14: Landscape & Exterior Maintenance

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Purpose

To achieve the intended operations of the surrounding landscape using O+M best practices that focus on maximizing human health, comfort, and safety while minimizing adverse environmental effects.

 

Objective

Create and implement an effective landscape and exterior maintenance plan that reduces the need for harmful chemicals, eliminates runoff, enhances water and energy management practices, and reinforces waste diversion efforts.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • Written standard operating procedures that summarize landscape and exterior maintenance best practices
  • Summary of the current-year landscape and exterior maintenance optimization measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements. This may be included in the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report. (See "Annual Sustainability Planning Report Template")

 

BIT for Tenants:

Provide any of the following:

  • A Landscape and Exterior Maintenance Plan for areas under tenant responsibility and control AND documentation of implementing of any short-term (one year or less) and/or long-term (more than one year) landscape and exterior maintenance sustainable initiatives outlined in Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting; OR
  • A Landscape and Exterior Maintenance Plan for the entire building; OR
  • Documentation of request to ownership/management for a landscape and exterior maintenance plan for the entire building and any response to the request.

 

Implementation Guidance

BIT Building:

  1. Perform an annual review of landscape and exterior maintenance practices with relevant vendors and staff. Assess opportunities to further optimize use of environmental best practices in the following areas:
    1. Use of low-emission maintenance equipment
    2. Snow and ice removal
    3. Cleaning of building exterior, pavement, and other impervious surfaces
    4. Erosion and sedimentation control (for ongoing operations and for construction activity)
    5. Landscape/organic waste management (returned to the site or diverted from landfills)
    6. Invasive and exotic plant species management (through monitoring and eradication)
    7. Fertilizer use (testing soils before using fertilizer to prevent over-application of nutrients)
    8. Irrigation management (monitoring irrigation systems for appropriate water usage, system times, leaks, or breaks. This can be done manually or with automated systems during the operating season.)
    9. Storage of materials and equipment

It is not required that 100% of building practices meet best practice criteria, though buildings should target best practices to the extent possible, given product availability and cost considerations.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Not Applicable.

BIT Building:

  1. During the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, evaluate feasibility of expanded adoption of landscape and exterior maintenance best practices identified in the review process.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Not Applicable.

BIT Building:

  1. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize landscape and exterior maintenance strategies.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Management Engagement: make a formal request to property Ownership/Management of a summary describing building landscape and exterior management practices.
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Purpose

To achieve the intended operations of the surrounding landscape using O+M best practices that focus on maximizing human health, comfort, and safety while minimizing adverse environmental effects.

 

Objective

Create and implement an effective landscape and exterior maintenance plan that reduces the need for harmful chemicals, eliminates runoff, enhances water and energy management practices, and reinforces waste diversion efforts.

Implementation Requirements

BIT Building:

  1. Perform an annual review of landscape and exterior maintenance practices with relevant vendors and staff. Assess opportunities to further optimize use of environmental best practices in the following areas:
    1. Use of low-emission maintenance equipment
    2. Snow and ice removal
    3. Cleaning of building exterior, pavement, and other impervious surfaces
    4. Erosion and sedimentation control (for ongoing operations and for construction activity)
    5. Landscape/organic waste management (returned to the site or diverted from landfills)
    6. Invasive and exotic plant species management (through monitoring and eradication)
    7. Fertilizer use (testing soils before using fertilizer to prevent over-application of nutrients)
    8. Irrigation management (monitoring irrigation systems for appropriate water usage, system times, leaks, or breaks. This can be done manually or with automated systems during the operating season.)
    9. Storage of materials and equipment

It is not required that 100% of building practices meet best practice criteria, though buildings should target best practices to the extent possible, given product availability and cost considerations.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Not Applicable.

BIT Building:

  1. During the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, evaluate feasibility of expanded adoption of landscape and exterior maintenance best practices identified in the review process.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Tenant: Not Applicable.

BIT Building:

  1. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize landscape and exterior maintenance strategies.

BIT for Tenants:

  1. Management Engagement: make a formal request to property Ownership/Management of a summary describing building landscape and exterior management practices.

Submittal Requirements

BIT Building:

  • Written standard operating procedures that summarize landscape and exterior maintenance best practices
  • Summary of the current-year landscape and exterior maintenance optimization measures considered and the implementation plan for feasible improvements. This may be included in the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting Report. (See "Annual Sustainability Planning Report Template")

 

BIT for Tenants:

Provide any of the following:

  • A Landscape and Exterior Maintenance Plan for areas under tenant responsibility and control AND documentation of implementing of any short-term (one year or less) and/or long-term (more than one year) landscape and exterior maintenance sustainable initiatives outlined in Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting; OR
  • A Landscape and Exterior Maintenance Plan for the entire building; OR
  • Documentation of request to ownership/management for a landscape and exterior maintenance plan for the entire building and any response to the request.

 

BIT User expert

Stephen Brooks

PLA, LEED AP BD+C

SOLIDAGO Design Solutions, Inc.
Principal

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