GLRPPR Sector Resource: Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual: A Guide for Public Housing Authorities
Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual: A Guide for Public Housing Authorities
nterest in green buildings has grown dramatically in recent years. For the federal government, this is due in part to requirements set by federal mandates such as Executive Order 13514, which requires all new federal buildings to meet strict environmental standards. In addition, local governments are implementing their own building requirements, such as Washington, DC's Green Building Act of 2006, which requires all new buildings to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems. Most of the focus of these initiatives, however, has been on new construction. Once a building has been constructed, Green Seal provides guidance to improve the operations and maintenance of the building to decrease energy and water use and decrease the use of toxic chemicals.Partnering with Siemens Industry, Inc., and 14 public housing authorities across the United States, Green Seal developed the Green Building Operations & Maintenance Manual: A Guide for Public Housing Authorities. There are three versions of the manual for different climate regions within the United States: northern, southeast, and southwest. These manuals can be downloaded in their entirety from this website. While this document was written for use by Public Housing Authorities, the material and practices covered by the manual can be used for the operation and maintenance for any institution or facility. Individual chapters can also be downloaded from the website.
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