This alternative compliance path (ACP) is being piloted throughout the LEED rating systems. The stated goal is to use this pilot phase to develop and refine a future prerequisite. This pilot credit could provide feedback on a possible future LEED prerequisite to require projects to document that all forestry products come from legal sources. This is important for a variety of reasons. Deforestation and illegal logging cause environmental, social, and economic devastation throughout the world. Additionally, some believe that project teams could potentially be held accountable for purchasing illegal wood products from manufacturers if they have not done due diligence to ensure the supply chain is clean.
This ACP has some potentially controversial elements as well. In addition to requiring that all wood used in a project have verification of legality, it expands the definition of "certified woodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System." to include programs endorsed by the ASTMVoluntary standards development organization which creates source technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services D7612−10 standard. Previously excluded certification schemes, including systems owned by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), are now included in this pilot compliance path.
For more background on the policy debates around this pilot credit, see the BuildingGreen article, LEED Pilots Legal Wood, Expansion of Certified Wood.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
To reduce the environmental and air quality impacts of the materials acquired for use in the upgrade of buildings.
ACP language is in bold.
Maintain a sustainable purchasing program covering materials for facility renovations, demolitions, refits and new construction additions. This applies only to base buildingThe base building includes elements such as the structure, envelope, and building-level mechanical systems, such as central HVAC, and materials and products installed in the project (e.g., flooring, casework, wall coverings). elements1 permanently or semipermanently attached to the building itself. Materials considered furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) are not considered base building elements and are excluded from this credit. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators are also excluded from this credit.
A sample calculaton for this credit is available in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition. Achieve sustainable purchases of 50% of total purchases (by cost) during the performance period. Sustainable purchases shall meet 1 or more of the following criteria:
Purchases consist of at least 50% Certified Sources as defined by ASTMVoluntary standards development organization which creates source technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services D7612-10. Wood products sourced from Certified Sources are credited at 100% of their value provided:
Each purchase can receive credit for each sustainable criterion met (i.e., a $100 purchase that contains both 10% postconsumer recycled content and 50% of content harvested within 500 miles of the project counts twice in the calculation, for a total of $200 of sustainable purchasing).
Materials for alterations or additions must be purchased during the performance period to earn points in this credit.
Maintain a sustainable purchasing program covering materials with a low cost per unit that are regularly used and replaced through the course of business. These materials include at a minimum, paper (printing or copy paper, notebooks, notepads, envelopes), toner cartridges, binders, batteries and desk accessories. Food and beverages are excluded from this credit but are covered under MR Credit 5. Sustainable Purchasing - Food. For materials that may be considered either ongoing consumables or durable goodsProducts with a useful life of approximately two or more years and that are replaced infrequently. Examples include furniture, office equipment, appliances, external power adapters, televisions, and audiovisual equipment. (see MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2), the project team is free to decide which category to put them in as long as consistency is maintained with MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2, with no contradictions, exclusions or double-counting. Consistency must also be maintained with MR Credit 7.
A template calculator for MR c1 is available in LEED Online 3 as a credit submittal. One point is awarded to projects that achieve sustainable purchases of at least 60%, of total purchases (by cost) during the performance period. Sustainable purchases are those that meet one or more of the following criteria:
Purchases consist of at least 50% Certified Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. Paper and wood products sourced from Certified Sources are credited at 100% of their value provided:
Ongoing consumables must be purchased during the performance period to earn points in this credit.
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Complete the Legal Wood Calculator, found on the resources tab of this credit.
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