Monday, August 9, 2010

Dry Ice Blasting for LEED Certification


LEED accredited buildings are growing increasingly popular as building owners and developers become more environmentally conscious. The Cryogenic Institute of New England, Inc. knows dry ice blast cleaning is helpful in attaining this accreditation. A main premise of LEED is to limit building occupant and maintenance staff exposure to hazardous chemicals and particulate contaminants. Dry ice blast cleaning is consistent with meeting this standard and significantly out-paces traditional hand cleaning methods.

Dry ice blast cleaning is particularly applicable to LEED’s Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance segment. In this segment, credits are earned for the developer’s Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan. Cleaning outdoors is complicated due to nearby wildlife, pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic. This application eliminates interference with these obstacles because it is non-toxic and contributes no additional debris during cleaning.

When seeking LEED accreditation, chemical concentrates are suggested cleaners. A better alternative would be to disinfect without chemicals; which is where dry ice blast cleaning takes praise. Dry ice blast cleaning does not use any chemicals harmful to humans or the environment. The process is EPA, FDA and USDA approved as government agencies realize the benefits of this environmentally-friendly process. It safely removes and disinfects mold, unwanted odor, smoke damage and grease among other contaminants.

If you have a LEED certified project or construction requirements that need an environmentally-friendly cleaning process, let us know. We can come to your location and view the project to make sure that your requirements will be met. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. You can contact us at rtaylor@nitrofreeze.com or call (508) 459-7447. For more information on dry ice blast cleaning, please visit our dry ice blasting page.

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