Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors
To encourage the use of products and materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products verified to have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner.
* This credit language is drawn from the LEED v4 draft. Where other point totals are noted, this pilot credit is worth 1 point in total. *
Use at least 20 permanently installed products from manufacturers that have publicly released a report from their raw material suppliers including the following:
Products must be sourced from at least 5 different manufacturers.
Products will be valued as follows:
Acceptable frameworks for the CSR include the following:
Use products that meet at least one of the responsible extraction criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products in the project.
Products that meet the above criteria are valued according to source location (extraction, manufacture, and purchase point must be within the distances noted below):
Final product value is determined by the following equation:
(base product value x valuation factor based on extraction criteria)*(valuation factor based on location)
Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products. An individual product may be counted in more than one attribute category. If only a fraction of a product or material meets the requirements, then only the fraction, based on weight, contributes toward the credit.
For the scope of this credit, furniture, piping, pipe insulation, ducts, duct insulation, conduit, plumbing fixtures, faucets, showerheads, and lamp housing may be included if they are included consistently in cost-based Materials and Resources credits. Exclude wood products purchased for temporary use on the project.
Meet the requirements of the credit above and include furniture and furnishings within the project’s scope of work.
Register for the pilot credit
Submit a list of products purchased contributing toward credit and their corresponding raw material. List the cost and number of items purchased per contributing products and calculate the weighted value according to total weight of materials purchased. Provide documentation showing adherence to applicable disclosure requirements.
When I go to the current version of the pilot credit form at http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10106 there is no actual Material Source Disclosure language within the credit itself. However, the narrative after indicates that you probably need to get suppliers to interact with GRI? The language on the form also does not match the language on this page.
Also, the form now includes the language: "Materials meeting applicable criteria below plus extracted and manufactured do-mestically are valued at 1.5 times the material cost, or regionally (within the state, province, or territory) at twice the material cost. Products and materials extracted and manufactured locally (within 50 miles or 80 km), are valued at three times the material cost. If project is located in the United States or Canada, products and materials meeting local criteria automatically qualify for this credit."
Does this mean that there are no reporting or public disclosure requirements on the manufacturer in the U.S. and Canada? If it does not, what is the intent of that last sentence?
If products have a % of recycled content which is assessed under MRc4 does this mean that the whole product is excluded from these calculations or just the portion which has the recycled content?
Vivien, I'm confused—what are you seeing as the relation between this credit and MRc4?
Manager, LEED Technical Development
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