Building Maintenance
The impacts of the operation and maintenance of a building and associated grounds on the health of its occupants and the environment at large can be significant. A building and its grounds constitute a microcosm or miniature version of a city: it takes in materials, expels other materials as waste, and uses a lot of energy in lighting, heating, and air conditioning the space. In addition, each building has its own climate and atmosphere, often more polluted than the outside air. The flow of materials alone is significant, with tap water, paper products, lighting, carpet, paint, cleaning products, and many others coming in. Some of these, such as cleaning products, carpet, and paint, may have impacts on maintenance workers and building occupants while used. Others are disgorged to streams through sewage where they can harm aquatic life or escape to the atmosphere to exacerbate local air pollution, global warming, or ozone depletion.

It is intended to minimize such adverse impacts on health and the environment from the operation and maintenance of Commonwealth government buildings and grounds. If followed carefully, it should lessen the load of toxic or otherwise unhealthful substances both on maintenance workers and on building occupants. It will also enable maintenance workers to create a building microcosm that minimizes waste, uses more sustainable materials and systems, and uses energy in the most efficient way possible. Maintenance workers can feel proud that they are helping to achieve a safer and more sustainable world for all Commonwealth residents.