BP14: Landscape & Exterior Maintenance

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Implement landscaping and exterior maintenance procedures that reduce usage of harmful products and practices, and conserve water.

Implementation Requirements

  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.
  2. During the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, evaluate feasibility of expanded adoption of landscape and exterior maintenance best practices identified in the review process.
  3. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize landscape and exterior maintenance strategies.

Submittal Requirements

  • 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")
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Implement landscaping and exterior maintenance procedures that reduce usage of harmful products and practices, and conserve water.

Implementation Requirements

  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.
  2. During the Annual Sustainability Planning Meeting, evaluate feasibility of expanded adoption of landscape and exterior maintenance best practices identified in the review process.
  3. Establish written standard operating procedures that summarize landscape and exterior maintenance strategies.

Submittal Requirements

  • 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 User expert

Stephen Brooks

PLA, LEED AP BD+C

SOLIDAGO Design Solutions, Inc.
Principal

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