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(5.) Use integrated pest management practices to reduce the use of pesticides that
may present a hazard to humans and the environment. In selecting pest management,
preference should be given to practices that minimize or eliminate the need for chemical
b. Designers will specify a preference for recycled-content building materials in
accordance with EPA Guidelines. Designers should identify locally manufactured
building materials and products, and create list of manufacturers/suppliers for the
design team. This process will streamline materials research during design, and will
enhance early consideration of locally manufactured types of products. This process
will not be used to limit competition during bidding. As an exception, the designer of
historic building renovations will identify building materials for renovation, etc. These
materials are subject to the Secretary of Interior Standards.
12. Green Building Rating System: Sustainable Project Rating Tool (SPiRiT)
a. SPiRiT is a USACE developed rating tool that resulted from the Army Chief of
Staff for Installation Management (ACSIM) memo, 1 May 2000 decreeing that all future
facilities be designed and built according to sustainable principles as well as requesting
USACE to provide technical guidance to support this initiative. USACE has a licensed
agreement with the US Green Building Council permitting us to use its name Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as part of SPiRiT. The LEED Green
Building Rating System is a proprietary program of the US Green Building Council.
With the use of SPiRiT we will ensure that Sustainable Design and Development is
considered in Army installation planning decisions and infrastructure projects to the
fullest extent possible, balanced with funding constraints and customer requirements.
Based on existing proven technology it evaluates environmental performance from a
"whole building" perspective over a building's life cycle, providing a definitive standard
for what constitutes a "green building". As a minimum we shall use SPiRiT to score our
design and strive to meet the SPiRiT Bronze certification level. When the
recommended Bronze level is not achieved, the District Project Delivery Team's Project
Manager will report the issue to the MSC Program Manager and to the PM at
HQUSACE with an explanation as to why this level can not be achieved. The
HQUSACE PM will forward this information to Engineering Team of Technical Policy
Branch, Engineering and Construction Division.
b. SPiRiT is based on accepted energy and environmental principles and strikes a
balance between known effective practices and emerging concepts. Unlike other rating
systems currently in existence, the development of SPiRiT uses applicable, equivalent
military standards and regulations, where applicable.
c. SPiRiT is a self-evaluation system designed for the design agent and the owner
to rate new and existing facilities. It is a feature-oriented system where credits are
earned for satisfying each criteria. Different levels of SPiRiT certification levels are
awarded based on the total credits earned. The system is designed to be
comprehensive in scope, yet simple in operation.