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Green Building Operation & Maintenance

The Manitoba Green Building Policy outlines requirements to construct new buildings to meet water and energy efficiency, waste management, and materials usage criteria during construction. Information on the Green Building Policy is located within the legislation tab (under initiatives). The purchasing professional plays a vital role in maintaining the sustainability of the green building throughout its life cycle.

There are several certification programs for existing buildings including the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EBOM) and the Building Owners and Managers Association’s Best Environmental Standards program (BOMA BESt) that focus on enhancing the sustainability of a building through operations and maintenance. These requirements support the sustainable operation and maintenance of all building types and ages. To certify under either of these programs the purchasing professional must procure sustainable goods and services that comply with and support the certification. Information regarding certifications for building operations and maintenance are located below. As a guideline for best practice, the public procurer should follow the procurement requirements noted in LEED EBOM and BOMA BESt for all public buildings. The Goods and Services outlined on this website support procurement decisions in keeping with the LEED and BOMA BESt certification programs.

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LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance

The LEED Canada EB:O&M 2009 rating system helps building owners and operators measure operations, improvements and maintenance on a consistent scale, with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. LEED Canada EB:O&M 2009 addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades.

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BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standards) is a national program launched in 2005 by BOMA Canada to address an industry need for realistic standards for energy and environmental performance of existing buildings based on accurate, independently verified information. Today, BOMA BESt has evolved from simply identifying key best practices to providing common standards; an array of educational and on-line assessment tools; independent data audits; and a four-level performance certification program.

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