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Going 'Green' May Mean Fewer Colds This Season
Date:10/30/2008

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Cleaning products can contribute to indoor air quality problems as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) evaporate and are circulated through the building's ventilation system. Indoor air is often several times more contaminated than outdoor air, and allergic reactions to unhealthy environments account for more than 10 million workdays missed by U.S. employees each year.

By replacing products that negatively affect indoor environmental quality, the health and productivity of all building occupants is improved.

"We use non-toxic, non-reactive chemicals that have a minimal effect on the environment. Additionally, companies see more effective use of energy and less water consumption through our green cleaning processes," said Kurt Lester, partner of Servi-Tek.

Because of the environmental and human health benefits associated with cleaning practices, the LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Rating System has incorporated credits that reward green cleaning. Green cleaning provides an excellent opportunity to enhance a building's longevity without expending large sums of money. Servi-Tek's program meets all requirements for the maximum points available towards LEED certification. In fact, companies are already 19% of the way towards LEED certification by utilizing Servi-Tek's services.

Understanding the importance of green cleaning is only as good as its application. That's why Servi-Tek focuses so much on the training of their associates.

"Associates are trained in the use of earth-friendly chemicals as well as the appropriate application of equipment to make them most effective. The use of green chemicals alone is not enough to assure a building is 'green.' We also use HEPA-filtered hospital-grade vacuums to improve the air quality," said Eric Friz, partner of Servi-Tek.

For Servi-Tek, it is not just "janitorial as usual." By combining technology with functional tools that improve efficiency in the workplace, Servi-Tek provide
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