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1 Promoting Green Buildings in the Use Phase The Pennsylvania Green Building Operations and Maintenance Manual A Joint Project of Penn. Dept. of General Services and Green Seal, Inc. Arthur B. Weissman, Ph.D. Green Seal, Inc.

2 Purpose of the Project To help fulfill Governors executive order on sustainable government To operate Penn. government buildings in safer, more sustainable way To institutionalize sustainable O&M in Penn. government buildings

3 Project Partners Penn. Department of General Services –manages state buildings and facilities –State workers, not contractors, do building maintenance Green Seal, Inc. –national, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization –mission to promote more environmentally sustainable economy –work with governments et al. on greening purchasing, operations, facilities management

4 Project Structure and Process Green Seal assembled national team of experts Team worked with Commonwealth advisory committee Draft manual field-tested for 3 months in 3 Harrisburg buildings (including Capitol) Final manual made actionable for workers

5 Contributors to Manual Text: national experts in specific areas Penn. Advisory Committee: DGS managers, technical experts, some outside national experts Field Test: building maintenance managers and line staff Special acknowledgment: DGS Deputy Secretary James Martin and Marilyn Bygall, Project Officer

6 Lessons of the Field Test Historic buildings pose special problems Age, physical constraints limit efforts Multiple jurisdications complicate maintenance initiatives Occupant behavior an uncontrolled factor Maintenance staff buy-in a prerequisite High-level support crucial

7 A Manual is Created

8 A Manual is Created (cont.) Manual meant to be used: –action items head each section –explanatory text follows Covers cleaning procedures, cleaning products, HVAC, lighting, landscaping, snow- removal/deicing, roofing, parking garages Some flash cards developed for line workers

9 Disseminating the Tool Commonwealth printed manual, posted on Web at (button for Green Building Maintenance) Disseminating to all DGS maintenance workers Distributing to all government agencies, universities, hospitals Developed training video Intent on institutionalizing!

10 Implications for Making Existing Buildings Green Old/historic buildings may seriously limit green O&M efforts –major renovation may be only way through Green landscaping starts with design: –choice and layout of species are key Administrative roles crucial –split jurisdictions are counterproductive Training, follow-up essential to implement

11 Conclusions Pennsylvania has embarked on a new path to make its existing buildings green Manual is only a start to institutionalizing green O&M Widespread demand for this work bodes well for LEED-EB Managers must consider O&M from outset when greening buildings (new or existing)

12 For More Information Pennsylvania Dept. of General Services Marilyn Bygall tel. (717) Green Seal, Inc. tel. (202)


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