Green Building Guidelines, Environmental Safety

This course teaches building and environmental safety guidelines for green buildings. Topics include:

Introduction to Major Categories of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S)

Comparison of Green Building Standards

EHS organized into this periodic table of elements

EH&S features of success consist of 8 categories:

  • Sustainability
  • Safety
  • Compliance
  • Program Creation
  • Tools
  • Goals
  • Waste Management
  • Manage Growth

Measuring Up Environmental and Sustainability Performance


  • How do these systems compare to each other and complement each other
  • Transit case studies on the use of sustainability rating systems: 
  • How do professionals get educated about and engaged with these systems “story of stuff” is an opener and “story of solutions” is closing
  • Green Building Guidelines – LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and Green Associate (GA) Examinations,

OSHA, EPA, State and City Laws, Standards and Regulations

Mark is a well-known author and presenter on the subjects represented by the acronym P.A.L.M.S.which he also coined – it now stands for PCBs/Pandemic, Asbestos, Lead/Legionella, Mold/Metals, Silica/Safety/Sustainability. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the Best Practices in addressing the Significant Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Issues, and very effective in putting was the PALMS Common Contaminants of Concern in the PALMS of your Hands.

OSHA has issued its long awaited silica rule

The rule consists of two new crystalline silica standards: one for general industry and maritime, and the other for construction. The final rule will go into effect on June 23rd, 2016. Industries have 1 to 5 years to comply with the most requirements. Key provisions of the new rule include:

  • Reduction of the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
  •  Requirements for employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
  • Requirement to provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.

In the News: Lead in Newark schools' water. EPA's "action level" is 15 parts per billion, at which point the agency requires "additional testing, monitoring, and remediation":

Building Energy Use and Water Consumption

NYC Local Laws LL 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88

New York City enacted a comprehensive effort, called the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP). It consists of four regulatory pieces supplemented by job training opportunities and a financing entity called the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC).The regulations include:


GREEN BUILDING (LOCAL LAW 86 OF 2005) one of the nation's first green building laws. LL86 requires new buildings, additions, and substantial building reconstruction work in capital projects that receive city funds to be built in accordance with the rigorous standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building rating systems developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It also requires that most of this work, as well as larger lighting, boiler, HVAC controls, and plumbing upgrade work, be designed to reduce the use of both energy and potable water well beyond that required by the current NYC building code.

NYC LL84 and LL87

1. Background

  • PlaNYC
  • OneNYC
  • Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

2. LL84

-  purpose

-  filing requirements

-  results reported by NYC

-  real life experience

          + customer commitment / involvement

          + self reporting not always a good idea

                ++ portfolio manager can be tricky

          + Con Ed aggregated data

          + other utility data

3. LL87 - energy audit component

     - purpose

     - filing requirements

     - real life experience

          + customer commitment / involvement

          + sometimes it just doesn't fit, but it must be done

          + DOB review / application of the law and rule

4. LL87 - RCx component

     - purpose

     - filing requirements

     - real life experience

          + customer commitment / involvement

          + HHS benefits

          + comfort benefits

          + systems training benefits

          + PM benefits

          + sometimes it just doesn't fit, but it must be done

          + RCx has many definitions - NYC's is also unique

          + major BMS's probably anticipated in the law's intent, but rarely found in the field

          + DOB review / application of the law and rule

5. Q&A

Introduction to ASTM International - American Society for Testing and Materials

a scientific and technical organization that develops and publishes standards on the characteristics of material, products, systems and services.


  • E06 - Performance of Buildings: E06.23 Lead Hazards, E06.21 Firestopping, E06.75 Building Safety in the Construction life Cycle and E06.24; 
  • E50 - Environmental Assessment/Management/Corrective Action; 
  • E60 –Sustainability; 
  • F20 - Hazardous Substances / Oil Spill Response; 
  • D22 - Air Quality: D22.05 Indoor Air, D22.07 Asbestos, D22.08 Mold, D22.04 Workplace Air Quality.


Sampling Methods

Construction Safety

Duties of a Qualified Person for Site Safety and/or a Site Safety Representative on Alteration and Restoration projects throughout New York City:

FREE TOOLS: smart phone applications (app’s):

Comprehension JEOPairDY! Game

The course offers the students early information acquisition in the field of AIR, Sustainability, Safety and Environmental Regulatory Compliance. The course then requires students to progress toward the ability to synthesize the information for various future occupation scenarios during a classroom version of the JEOPairDY! Game.

This interactive game show format offers a low-risk environment that encourages student participation. The students divide into interdisciplinary teams, and each team elects a person to formally answer the questions. These spokespersons take turns selecting a category of questions. Since all students are assigned to a team, even those not actively answering questions are still involved in the problem solving process. Category topics include areas in important environmental/ occupational safety issues.

Each team selects a topic area and chooses a value for the question. The instructor reads a scenario and students work together to quickly provide an answer. The complexity of each scenario increases as the value increases. If a student team answers incorrectly, incompletely, or exceeds thirty seconds to answer, the other team may answer the question. The team interaction creates opportunities to provide feedback to peers on the accuracy, appropriateness, and timeliness of their recommendations. The level of friendly competition, combined with the rapid pace of the game, encourages students to learn from each other as they practice the decision-making process.

BSI Group Conference Resources

Don't forget good ergonomics when working from home

Principle Instructor

Mark Drozdov, SSM, CSFSM, CAI, CMA

IICRC Director

ASSP NYC Technical Programs Chair

ACEC Member of Continuing Education Committee

AIHA ACTIONS Committee Officer, Standards Advisory Panel, OSHA+AIHA Metro NY Alliance Chair

The Retraining program is made possible through generous donations from the Robin Hood Foundation and Con Edison. The Retraining Program would also like to thank our individual donors for their support.


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