Question

What are the rules for cigarette smoking on a LEED jobsite?

Asked by Carey Westover
Los Angeles, CA

Building a LEED home in Beverly Hills, CA and want to deter workers from smoking on the job. There is a rule about this and I'd like to quote it on a job site sign I intend to post at the job. Can you help me?

Answer

Elizabeth DiSalvo

Answered by Elizabeth DiSalvo

Norwalk, CT

Trillium Architects

August 15, 2011

Great question! I don't believe there are any specific requirements for job site smoking while doing a LEED for Homes job. We design LEED Homes and we have just completed our second, the third is in design. 

  • I suppose that such a clause would appear in Sustainable Sites (where they talk about keeping the site free from harm that would happen during construction).
  • Or it would happen appear in the IEQ section in which they require cleaning and flushing of the air systems and the house before occupancy.

On each house this topic comes up but it is not because of LEED as much as it is because the type of client who would want to be LEED certified is also concerned with cigarette smoke. We have written into our general conditions (as Architects) that there will be no smoking on the job site- either inside or outside. 

  • We have written that any contractors or subcontractors must leave the property (go into the road, or into their cars).
  • We also write in that if they are found smoking or if cigarette butts are found either on the site or on the surrounding road or properties it is grounds for dismissal. This not only protects our job site but also the immediate neighbors.
  • When doing residential LEED - especially on a small lot- it is amazing how quickly and obviously it occurs to everyone involved that the neighboring properties should be as protected as the one we are working on, as usually people are actually living in the neighboring houses during the construction process, unlike our job site.

All of that said, one of our LEED homes was built for a family that does a lot of entertaining.  Acknowledging that people who come to their parties sometimes do smoke - we designed a designated well ventilated and covered exterior area where people would be allowed to smoke.

I hope this helps. We appreciate LEED but also realize that there are many opportunities to take it all a step further, especially in the 'health' areas of construction.

Best of luck!

 

For more information:

Read "We are buying a house with a faint smell of cigarette smoke. How can I rid the walls and ceilings of the smoke smell?" a Q&A answered by William Janhonen.

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