LEED Safety First Credits and Arc Re-Entry were released in response to COVID-19, align with public health and industry guidelines and help building teams provide healthy spaces and assist with re-entry
GBCI India, the nation’s foremost authority on sustainability in building design, construction and operation and the certification body for the LEED green building program, announced that it has received interest from corporates in the country for adopting its LEED Safety First Pilot Credits and Arc Re-Entry programme. Launched in response to the global pandemic, the nine LEED Safety First Pilot Credits outline sustainable best practices related to cleaning and disinfecting, workplace re-occupancy, HVAC and plumbing operations, building water system recommissioning and pandemic preparedness and response. Arc Re-Entry is a set of tools that can be used to document and benchmark infection-control policies and procedures, collect and analyze occupant experiences and to measure and track indoor air quality, thereby giving employers the opportunity to transparently provide their staff with a safe and healthy work environment.
As companies in India reflect on how they can create safer workspaces for their staff and work towards preparing sustainable offices beyond the pandemic, GBCI is helping several companies implement the LEED Safety First Credits and Arc Re-Entry tool. UBER Engineering Office – Bangalore, Electronica Finance Ltd., Pune, Societe Generale Global Solution Centre, India, Nivea India Pvt Ltd – Peacock and Block 3 ITPP Kharadi (Capitaland, India) are some of the companies who have committed to implementing the LEED Safety First Pilot Credits. Danfoss Industries Pvt Ltd, SIERRA ODC Private Limited and Ela Green School are among the organizations who have successfully implemented the unique set of management tools available in Arc Re-Entry and have leveraged these to document high performance in facility management, occupant observations and indoor air quality.
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, GBCI said, “The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for India. It has challenged our health and civic infrastructure. However, it has also given us an opportunity to reimagine and redesign our spaces. At GBCI India, we are committed to being part of this opportunity by providing developers as well as facility managers with solutions that will ensure the overall health and safety of their occupants. Our LEED Safety First Pilot Credits and Arc Re-Entry were developed to address this specific requirement for new spaces and occupied assets. These equip building project and design teams as well as facility managers with a platform that will enable them to deploy integrated safety processes like implementing infection control policies and procedures, documentation in alignment with relevant public health authorities, capturing occupant feedback and building occupant confidence and measuring indoor air quality. Through these tools, we want to help organizations design new construction and reopen their built spaces with the confidence that they are providing their employees with a healthy and safe workplace.”
There are nine LEED Safety First Credits available that can be used by LEED projects that are certified or are undergoing certification. Currently, 600 of these credits are being used by more than 400 projects around the world. Arc Re-Entry’s set of management tools are available for free for any project, anywhere to collect and manage disease control-related information. And because the indoor environment in buildings continually changes, Arc Re-Entry uses an iterative process where projects re-evaluate their score every week, month or quarter to ensure projects continue to perform and improve overtime. Facility managers and building owners can access the tool through the Arc performance platform and add data to generate a Re-Entry Comprehensiveness Score. Arc Re-Entry also allows facility managers to evaluate the relationship between expectations for policies and procedures with occupant experience and can help identify opportunities to implement the LEED Safety First Credits.