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PLYMOUTH, MN – Advance now offers ergonomically designed floor-cleaning equipment that can help contribute points to LEED-EBOM certification. Advance’s Advenger™ rider-scrubber with EcoFlex System and the ProTerra™ rider-sweeper meet requirements for sustainable cleaning equipment specified by the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Rating System (LEED-EBOM). The Advenger and Proterra offer ergonomic design features that minimize physical stress on the user and maximize operator safety, both of which are requirements under the LEED-EBOM program.

The use of ergonomic cleaning equipment is a prerequisite to Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 3.4: Green Cleaning – Sustainable Cleaning Equipment of the LEED-EBOM rating system. IEQ Credit 3.4 includes a statement requiring that “powered floor equipment is ergonomically designed to minimize vibration, noise and user fatigue.” Floor-cleaning machines that meet requirements for ergonomic design contribute to facility sustainability by improving the health and safety of cleaning and maintenance staff.

Advance’s Advenger and Proterra offer the ease of ride-on machines, operate at low sounds levels (less than 70 dBA) and minimize vibration during operation, all of which are ergonomic features that reduce the physical toll on operators. An open, low-to-the-ground operator compartment on the Advenger scrubber offers safe, easy boarding and comfortable operation. The Proterra sweeper includes a unique Clear-View™ design that gives the operator clear sight lines to the floor and side brooms without having to risk injury by leaning outside of the operator compartment.

LEED for Existing Buildings-Operations and Maintenance is a voluntary standard for defining, measuring and certifying the sustainability of an existing commercial building. The individual sections and points of the LEED-EBOM rating system – including IEQ Credit 3.4 – work together to define a sustainable building. Even if LEED certification is not a goal, the standards offer a guide for establishing best practices that reduce the environmental impact of cleaning, improve the indoor environmental quality of buildings and lower the cost to clean and maintain buildings.

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