MAY 28, 2014 | ISSUE 164
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NAI Summit Promotes VP of Management Services


Allentown, Pa. - With more than 30 years' experience in residential, retail, commercial and industrial real estate property management, Jack McNulty has worked for NAI Summit for the last 18 years.

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Hodgdon Group Completes Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Los Angeles 

Colton, Calif. - The Los Angeles location represents the 19th Ashley Furniture HomeStore to be completed by the Hodgdon Group.

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The LEED v4 Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About the New LEED v4 




Bloomington, Ind. - The newest version of LEED, known as v4, has several changes, many which will impact the professional cleaning and building industries. The following quiz is designed to highlight some of these changes so you have a better understanding of LEED v4. Have fun with the quiz; the answers are below.


1. In v4, green cleaning is now a prerequisite in order for a facility to be LEED certified.




2. LEED v4 puts greater emphasis on the careful use of which of the following chemicals:

Floor care strippers/finishes


Disinfectants and sanitizers

All of the above


3. LEED v4 requires that facilities increase their purchases of green cleaning chemicals, paper products, plastic liners and similar items from the current 30% to (based on cost):






4. Of the following, which does LEED v4 put greater emphasis on compared to earlier versions?

Chemical free cleaning systems

Conservation of water and energy

The use of sanitizers and disinfectants to ensure healthy cleaning

Indoor air quality


5. LEED v4 recognizes there have been significant advances in which of the following cleaning technologies:

Vapor cleaning

Turning tap water into cleaning solutions

HEPA filtration systems

Cold water chemicals


6. Under v4, facilities can earn one credit for having at least 10 feet of entry matting installed at building entries.




7. One of the big changes with v4 is that facilities no longer need to select vacuum cleaners or carpet extractors that have the Seal of Approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute.




8. Approximately what percentage of U.S. commercial space is LEED certified?






9. If a facility's cleaning professionals have been CIMS-GB (Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building) or GS-42 (Green Seal's standard for commercial/institutional cleaning) certified, it means the facility:

Is meeting the green cleaning requirements of v4

The facility can earn up to 2 credits

The facility can earn up to 4 credits

These are not recognized in LEED v4





- Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in greening the cleaning industry, and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, which offers a cloud-based dashboard that allows organizations to measure, report and improve their sustainability efforts. He is also coauthor of both The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies.    






1. True

2. Disinfectants and sanitizers

3. 75%

4. Conservation of water and energy

5. Turning tap water into cleaning solutions

6. True

7. False

8. 15%

9. Is meeting the green cleaning requirements of v4




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Brickman and ValleyCrest to Merge, Creating Industry Leading Landscape Services Company




Rockville, Md. - Brickman and ValleyCrest are both leaders in landscape and snow services with highly complementary capabilities and geographic footprints. 






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