This credit covers materials purchased for both renovations and routine maintenance. There’s no minimum scope of work for this credit, so remember to include all materials purchased to maintain your building (e.g. paint touch-ups) in addition to products purchased for renovations or fit-outs.
Purchases for all maintenance and renovation activities (environmentally preferable and not) must be tracked. Teams must track relevant purchases made by both the building management and tenants during the performance period.
Option 2 provides an opportunity to earn a point for environmentally preferred furniture purchases. Teams must track furniture purchases (environmentally preferable and not) made by both the building management and tenants during the performance period.
Option 3 is for buildings that had no renovations or maintenance activities and did not purchase any furniture. But remember, products and materials used during the course of routine maintenance are now included in the scope of this credit, even if tenants make those purchases.
Collecting purchasing data from tenants can be challenging, so early and effective tenant outreach is key if you plan on pursuing this credit. LEED v4 does allow teams to exclude up to 10% of the project’s total floor area from the credit calculations, but this allowance may not be enough if several tenants are unwilling to participate.
This credit builds on the policy developed for MRp2 Facility Maintenance and Renovation Policy. The policy is essentially a blueprint for this credit and should include key information about the project’s environmentally preferred purchasing goals and who should be involved in the process.
But remember: although the policy is only required to cover purchases under the building management’s control, this credit covers all purchases in the building—tenants included. That means that if you’re planning to pursue the credit, your policy should reflect the entire building’s purchases.
For those familiar with LEED 2009, this credit includes a number of major changes.
A new option has been added. Option 3 is for buildings that experienced no alterations and did not purchase any furniture. Previously, buildings that didn’t have qualifying facility maintenance and renovations during the performance period could not attempt this credit.
There is no minimum scope of renovation work required to be eligible for this credit. In other words, products and materials used during the course of routine maintenance are now included in the scope of this credit. This is very different from LEED 2009, which laid out specific requirements for “qualifying” facility alterations and additions.
Furniture has been added. Furniture is no longer tracked as a “durable good” like it was in LEED 2009. Furniture has its own compliance option worth 1 point, like it did as a durable good in LEED 2009, but the minimum threshold has been raised from 40% sustainable purchases to 75%.
The calculation methodology has changed. In LEED v4 only the sustainable portion of a product counts towards credit compliance. This is a big change from LEED 2009, where a product’s full purchase price contributed to credit compliance even if only a portion of it met the credit requirements.
The good news is that items still earn weighted credit if more than one sustainability criterion is met. But again, it’s only the percentage of the item that is sustainable that counts towards compliance.
Local product requirements have changed. Local products must now be sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles of the site, rather than 500 miles. But, it gets trickier than that. If the product meets the 100-mile radius requirement, it must also meet at least one other sustainability criteria (and is then valued at 200% of the cost). If the product meets the 100-mile requirement but does not have an additional environmental attribute, it does not contribute at all.
Several familiar criteria are still in play for this credit that were relevant in LEED 2009, including recycled content, FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts., locally-sourced, and low-VOCA volatile organic compound (VOC) is a carbon compound that vaporizes (becomes a gas) at normal room temperatures. VOCs contribute to air pollution directly and through atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate) to produce secondary air pollutants, principally ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrate.. However, some new criteria have been added to the mix, and the rules for some familiar criteria have changed.
Post-consumerWaste generated by end users (households or commercial, industrial and institutional facilities) of a product no longer able to be used for its intended purpose that is recycled into raw material for a new product. recycled content is valued at its full value, while pre-consumer recycled content is valued at half its full value. Products no longer need to contain a minimum percentage of recycled content to contribute to earning the credit.
For example, if a $100 product contains 20% post-consumer content and 20% pre-consumer content, the contributing value is $20 for post-consumer and $10 for pre-consumer, for a total of $30.
No changes. SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) products are still not approved by USGBC and therefore do not contribute to credit compliance.
If a product contains both FSC 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. and non-certified wood, only the percent (by weight) that is FSC certified may contribute toward compliance. See the Calculating FSC Credit Contributions section of the Reference Guide for additional guidance.
This is a new criterion under LEED v4. Biobased materials are composed of biological products, renewable agricultural materials, or forestry products. To qualify as sustainable, bio-based materials must meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network’s (SAN) Sustainable Agriculture Standard, for FSC if they are forestry products.
The most well-known label that meets the SAN standard is the Rainforest Alliance. Products can self-declare conformance with SAN but they must meet additional requirements (see the Reference Guide for details). Given the extra legwork required, it’s likely not worth the effort to document bio-based materials other than those that carry the Rainforest Alliance label. Even with that label, there are a limited number of products that are certified and that are relevant in building purchases.
This includes salvaged, refurbished, or reused products. Components used for their original function or in a new role are eligible for this credit.
This includes salvaged, refurbished, or reused products. There is no minimum percentage of the product that must be salvaged.
The cost that contributes toward compliance is either the actual cost paid for the material, or the replacement value, whichever is greater.
Furniture taken from the building owners’ previous facility may be counted towards compliance if it was purchased at least two years before the LEED registration date. Leased furniture can contribute if the furniture has been in use for two years or more.
This is a new criterion under LEED v4. Products purchased from a manufacturer that participates in an extended producer responsibility program may contribute towards credit achievement. 50% of the total cost of these items contributes towards compliance.
This is a new criterion under LEED v4. Products must have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppmParts per million. and have no Benchmark 1 hazard materials.
If any of the ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, 100% of the cost may contribute towards this criterion.
If all ingredients have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, 150% of the cost may contribute towards this criterion.
This is a new criterion in LEED v4. Products with Cradle to Cradle certification contribute different amounts to earning this credit, based on the program version and level of certification. See the LEED Reference Guide for details.
This is a new criterion in LEED v4. REACH is a label for end use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern.
If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization or Candidate list, 100% of the cost contributes toward credit achievement.
This is a new criterion in LEED v4. The intent of this criterion is to encourage purchasing products from manufacturers that have robust and validated safety, health, hazard, and risk programs in place for each of their building materials or products. It also ensures that each manufacturer’s supply chain has programs for optimizing environmental and human health and safety throughout their suppliers, and are transparent in their health and safety claims.
This criterion has been expanded in LEED v4 to include VOC requirements for the following products:
These products must be either inherently low-emitting or be tested for compliance with CDPH Standard Method V1.1-2010, Section 8.
Green Seal Standard GS-11 is no longer a low VOC standard for paints and coatings for this credit.
No significant changes from LEED 2009. All composite woodComposite wood consists of wood or plant particles or fibers bonded by a synthetic resin or binder. Examples include particleboard, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, oriented-strand board (OSB), wheatboard, and strawboard. must be constructed from materials with low formaldehyde emissions that meet the CARBThe California Air Resources Board, part of the state government, is charged with maintaining clean air. This agency is unique at the state level: California was the only state that had such an agency before the passage of the federal Clean Air Act, and was allowed to keep it. requirements for ULEF resins or no-added formaldehyde based resins.
This criterion has changed significantly from LEED 2009. To count towards compliance, a product must meet one of the criteria listed above. It also must also be extracted, manufactured, and purchased within 100 miles, as the crow flies, from the project site.
If the product meets both criteria, it is valued at 200% of its cost. If it meets just the 100-mile radius requirement, it contributes 0%.
Only the sustainable portion of a product counts towards credit compliance. This is a major departure from LEED 2009, which counted the total cost of a product towards compliance if at least one approved sustainability criterion was met.
For example, if you purchased a product for $100 that contains 40% post-consumer recycled content, the value that contributes to earning the credit drops from $100 under LEED 2009 to $40 under LEED v4.
But, the minimum thresholds previously associated with several sustainability criteria have been removed, which may benefit your project.
For example, if you purchased a product for $1,000 that includes 60% material salvaged off-site, the value that contributes to earning the credit under LEED v4 is $600. Under LEED 2009, the product contributes $0 because it does not meet the minimum threshold of 70% salvaged material.
This new approach to calculating compliance rewards teams for purchasing products that contain higher proportions of sustainable materials or that meet multiple sustainability criteria.
USGBC has created a calculator to help teams track purchases, the sustainability criteria met, and the contribution to credit compliance. This calculator is posted in the Resources tab.
The documentation requirements vary depending on the sustainability criterion. Documentation must be submitted for 100% of the following products: wood products, bio-based materials, GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark, Cradle to Cradle certification, and REACH Optimization. See Option 1 & Option 2, Step 5 under the Step-By-Step Guidance section of the Reference Guide for additional information.
Yes, it can. Each purchase receives credit for each criterion met. But remember that only the percentage of the item that is sustainable that counts towards compliance. Try using the USGBC purchasing calculator, posted in the Resources tab, to determine the total contribution made by a product.
Yes, routine maintenance is now covered in the scope of this credit. Any materials used during routine maintenance, such as painting touch-ups or ceiling tile repairs, must be tracked under this credit.
To reduce the environmental harm from materials used in building renovations.
Purchase at least 50%, by cost, of the total maintenance and renovation materials that meet at least one of the following criteria. Include products specified in Materials and Resources prerequisite: Facility Maintenance and Renovation Policy. There is no minimum scope of renovation or new construction work required for eligibility of this credit. Each purchase can receive credit for each criterion met.
For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.
The following pilot alternative compliance paths is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.
MRpc102 - Legal Wood
Purchase at least 75%, by cost, of total furniture and furnishings that meet one or more of the following criteria. Each purchase can receive credit for each criterion met.
For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.
Make no alterations to the project space and do not purchase any furniture.
Complete documentation for achievement of MRc - Purchasing - facility maintenance and renovation on the LEED v4 O+M:EB Platinum StopWaste.org headquarters office building at 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA. Project documentation was shared with LEEDuser through cooperation with that organization, and the LEED consultant, BuildingWise LLC
Use this calculator from USGBC to tally purchases and document credit compliance.
These samples show what data to look for on a product sheet and how to calculate contributing value to earning purchasing credits.
These sample show what to look for on a product sheet and how to calculate contributing value for this credit.
The scope of materials covers - thermal and acoustic insulation,
flooring materials and finishes, ceiling materials and finishes and wall materials and finishes.
Are solid surface for countertops also covered? Which criteria should apply?
Hoping for your reply.
1) Are roller shades/blinds part of the criteria for this or any related MR credits?
2) Does LEED O+M v4 consider products with low emissions under GREENGUARD?
3) Or Okeo-tex standard 100 as assessment of harmful substances in textiles?
1) Yes, roller shades/blinds can be included here if they meet any one of the sustainability requirements, and are being installed as part of the renovation.
2) GREENGUARD Gold certification requires products meet the requirements of CDPH Standard Method v1.1 2010, which is the LEED requirement for low-emitting products. Any GREENGUARD Gold products will contribute to LEED. Any GREENGUARD certification other than Gold, will not qualify for LEED.
3) I have never heard of the Okeo-tex standard 100 assessment, and LEED does not reference this standard as compliant. It may be worth checking out LEED Interpretations to see if this can be used in lieu of GreenScreen Hazard Assessments.
I hope this helps!
This is related to the previous query. I see no reference to certification from the Carpet and Rug Institute which was present in v3. Is this certification not accepted in v4?
thank you and regards,
That's correct (though I'm not sure why it's no longer accepted). A good way to verify the accepted criteria is by checking out the USGBC calculator used to document this credit. You can download the calculator from the Credit Library under the Resources tab for this credit (www.usgbc.org/node/2613487?view=resources&return=/credits/existing-build...).
You can also find this calculator under the Doc Toolkit above!
Thank you Trista and Tristan. The CRIColor-rendering index, or CRI, is a scale of 0 to 100, used by manufacturers of fluorescent, metal halide, and other non-incandescent lighting equipment to describe the visual effect of the light on colored surfaces. Natural daylight is assigned a CRI of 100. Green Label Plus certificate provided has the following info: (for pre-dyed and post dyed nylon backing of carpet products)
"This product complies with California DPH Section 1350 Version 1.1 Private Office Scenario."
"A USGBC recognized third party certification program for LEED v4 EQ Credit Low-Emitting Materials."
"ANSI accredited program Product Certification #0754."
On page 367 example 1
The carpet meets the extended producer responsibility criteria which should count 50% of its value - but the entire 100% is counted.
Which is correct?
Lorne, the calculation looks to me like it's in error. I would always trust the actual credit language over a calculation example.
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