NC-2009 MRc7: Certified Wood

  • NC Schools MRc7 Type3 Wood Diagram
  • Is it worth it?

    This credit can be easy and with little or no cost premium if your project only has a small amount of wood. A multifamily high-rise, for example, may have little wood on the project except for doors and cabinetry. In this case, it would be easy to reach the 50% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) threshold.

    Projects with more wood might encounter a larger upfront cost, but have the potential to demonstrate their environmental values of sustainable forestry management. Projects can also go above the 50% threshold and earn an ID point for 95% 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.. For example, a commercial interior fit-out for an investment bank involved large amounts of wood veneers and millwork. The project purchased 97% FSC-certified wood, earning an additional exemplary performanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. point under IDc1.

    No minimum amount of wood

    This credit awards points for dedicating 50% or more of your total new wood budget to wood-based products or materials that are FSC certified. 

    You can use as much or as little total wood as you want—as long as 50% of it is FSC-certified. If you make it 95%, you earn an extra point for exemplary performance. 

    More wood = more challenging

    If wood is a big part of your project, with a lot of wood flooring, framing, or veneers, you’re unlikely to earn this credit unless you can find a source of FSC-certified wood for those items that’s within your budget. Projects without wood as a big-ticket item should focus instead on other wood materials, including blocking, millwork, and wood finish materials, as well as casework, and wood composites.

    All projects should get their subcontractor, vendor, or lumberyard on board to price available—and preferably regional, for MRc5—FSC-certified products early in the process. You can usually find an FSC-certified version of what you need, but it sometimes takes longer to arrive.

    Not all FSC-certified products are equal

    Architectural Millwork produces finished and unfinished FSC-certified stock and custom molding and paneling (including radius paneling and millwork) for commercial and residential projects.

    Pay attention to the different types of FSC certification. You can find these on product cut sheets: 

    • FSC 100%  (previously "FSC Pure"): Valued at 100% of product cost. 
    • FSC Mix Credit: Valued at 100% of product cost.
    • FSC Mix (XX)%: A percentage of FSC content is indicated and you can claim that percentage of the wood product’s cost. For example, FSC Mixed 50%, means that you can claim 50% of the wood product’s cost.
    • FSC Recycled and FSC Recycled Credit: These do not count towards this credit and can be left out of the baseline wood budget. FSC Recycled wood can count towards MRc4: Recycled Content. 

    Chain-of-custodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. certification

    Wood is FSC-certified if it comes from the right forests. To ensure that the same FSC-certified wood that leaves the forest arrives at your building without being mixed up with conventional wood, FSC oversees another certification process—chain-of-custody certification, or CoC.

    The FSC-certified Collins Almanor Forest in Northern California has been logged five times in the last 50 years.

    CoC certification tracks FSC-certified wood as it moves through harvesting, production, manufacturing, and distributing chains. In order for your LEED project to make a claim about FSC wood you use, you need to make sure that the product is handled by operations carrying CoC certifications at every step. Those needing CoC certifications (see Checklists for more detail) should provide their certification number on their invoices. Certified operators can also be found on the FSC website.

    Why FSC?

    The Forest Stewardship Council is a nonprofit organization that was created to set an international standard for responsible forest management, and to track and certify wood products from well-managed forests. FSC certification ensures that your wood products have come from third-party-certified forests that comply with the FSC principles and criteria. 

    The "wood wars"

    FSC is only one of dozens of forest certification programs in the world. Others include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label. FSC currently remains the only program recognized for this credit. Following lengthy development of a more inclusive policy at USGBC, USGBC membership voted to reject the new policy. BuildingGreen.com, a sister publication to LEEDuser, chronicled the extensive debate over FSC and other certification schemes in a series of articles, including articles looking at the impact of certification on jobs, on climate change, and the future of forest certification in LEED.

    Although FSC provides the certification standard, other groups provide the audits that determine whether certification can actually be awarded to a forest. The two groups most commonly seen here are SmartWood and SCS Global Services.

    Rapidly renewable materials

    Woody rapidly renewable materials like bamboo and cork have not generally been covered by this credit, because they are not conventional lumber products, because they are already covered under MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials (except for LEED-CS), and because FSC certification had not been available for these products until recently. However, with the advent of FSC-certified bamboo products, teams may include bamboo and cork in MRc7, at their discretion. It would only be advantageous to do so if you are using FSC-certified products; otherwise, it would make credit compliance harder.

    FAQs for MRc7

    We are pursuing IEQc4.5 from LEED-CI as an ID credit. Are we then required to include the cost of furniture in MRc3–7?

    No, per LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. #3901.

    What building components are typically purchased with FSC content to earn this credit?

    Big-ticket items commonly used for this credit include flooring and subflooring, framing, doors and door cores, wood finishes, and casework.

    We’re having trouble getting FSC wood within our budget. Can we use products with another forestry certification?

    No. Only forestry products certified by the FSC can contribute to earning MRc7. Wood products that are not FSC-certified, including those certified to SFI or PEFC, can still contribute to MRc5, though.

    Do I need to provide invoices for all of the new wood products purchased for the project, or just FSC wood products?

    GBCI had required invoices for all wood products, but has switched to requiring only invoices for FSC certified products, per the April 2008 FSC memo, which states that all invoices must be collected, but they do not need to be submitted. The reviewer does not need to see those to determine compliance.

    Certified wood invoices must contain the FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking number, and indicate whether the product is “FSC 100%,” “FSC Mix Credit” or “FSC Mix [NN]%.”

    I have supporting manufacturer documentation for the FSC wood used on our project. Is this enough to document this credit, or do I need invoices as well?

    Per the previous question, you do not need to submit invoices for all wood products, but you must collect invoices in order to determine the cost of wood products on the project.

    Can products labeled “FSC Recycled” or “FSC Recycled Credit” contribute towards MRc7? What about "FSC Mix" percentages that refer to recycled content?

    Because this credit focuses on "new" wood, products that are 100% recycled content may not be counted as certified wood under MRc7, and should be excluded from the total cost of new wood materials. However, those purchases could qualify for credit under MRc4: Recycled Content.

    Some FSC Mix products combine recycled and "new" content, in which case project teams must decide how to classify the product. This is addressed in LEED Interpretation #10372, which states, "Products identified as FSC Mix Credit or FSC Mix [NN] % also have pre- or 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, the latter of which is commonly reported separately by the product manufacturer. In these instances the project team must choose whether to classify the product (or some fraction of the assembly) as FSC certified or as recycled content; the material cannot contribute to both claims simultaneously."

    In other words, if a product is FSC Mix and also has recycled content, project teams have to choose which "environmental attribute" they will use to classify the product, and it (and its dollar value) will either go into an FSC "bucket" or into a recycled-content "bucket." 

    Does FSC-certified wood automatically contribute to IEQc4.4 as a low-emitting material?

    No, but it is common to find FSC 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. products that meet IEQc4.4 requirements.

    We are using a lot of reclaimed wood. Should we include this in our MRc7 calculations? What about wood that is already installed on the project, in a renovation? What about wood products with recycled content?

    MRc7 only applies to "new" wood. Reclaimed, reused, or recycled wood should not be included in MRc7 calculations.

    Does FSC-certified bamboo products count towards this credit?

    Yes. Bamboo is considered a forest product by FSC even though it’s technically a grass, and it’s often as a forest product in materials like plywood, veneer, and flooring. It can contribute to both the Certified Wood and also the Rapidly Renewable Materials credits. See LEED Interpretation #2535, issued 4/22/2009, for more information.

    A product has FSC-certified veneer, but a non-certified core. Can we prorate the MRc7 contribution of this product based on the cost of the veneer?

    No. If the product is built off-site then the entire assembly (the product which is shipped to site) must have an FSC label from the manufacturer of the assembly. Individual components, unless they are shipped to site and thereby complete the chain, may not contribute towards this credit. All entities that possess FSC materials until the product reaches the project site must have a chain-of-custody certification.

    Should wood used on site features such as benches or a gazebo be included here?

    Yes. If it is new wood and it is in your LEED project boundary, you should count it.

    Is there a minimum quantity of wood that must be used on the project to qualify for this credit?

    No, as long as some wood is used, no minimum threshold has been established. If you are not using any new wood on the project, you are not eligible for this credit.

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  • Best Practices
  • Gotcha
  • Action Steps
  • Cost Tip

Schematic Design

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  • Consider using FSC-certified wood on the project. Start by looking at the project’s applications for wood-based products. Wood blocking, framing, doors, millwork and wood finishes play a large role in obtaining this credit.   


  • Before identifying wood species and grades, check to see what FSC wood is readily available from local suppliers and try to design using those materials. 


  • FSC wood is becoming easier to find.  An increasing number of vendors and suppliers offer FSC wood as the consumer demand has increased.


  • There may be a price premium for FSC wood, depending on location, type of wood, and availability, but nationally the cost is becoming more competitive with conventional wood. This natural beaver pond in Lakeview, Oregon shows the potential for habitat protection in a working forest.For example, a project in New York City found a premium of 25% on high-end custom doors. A commercial interior fit-out project in New York found a 50% price premium on decorative hardwood veneers, while a core and shell project in New York found only a 5% price premium on wood blocking and plywood.  A school renovation project in Boulder, Colorado saw a 13% increase for FSC-certified wood flooring and 20% cost increase on ½” CDX FSC-certified new plywood.

     

Design Development

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  • Include in your new wood materials baseline budget the material cost (excluding labor) of all new wood items that apply under CSI Master Spec 2004 Format Divisions 3–10, 31.60 Foundations, 32.10 Paving, 32.30 Site Improvements, and 32.90 Planting. Division 12 Furniture is optional. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and equipment costs are excluded. (See Resources for Master Spec information.) 


  • All new wood products must be listed in line-item fashion in the documentation, whether FSC-certified or not. There is no 45% default budget for this credit as there is in the other MR credits. 


  • Adding furniture to your baseline wood budget for MRc7 is optional, but must be done consistently across MRc3, MRc4, MRc5, MRc6, and MRc7. Analyze the baseline materials budget to see if adding division 12 furniture works to the project’s advantage. Generally, if the furniture helps contribute to the above MR credits it is in a project’s interest to take credit for it.


  • It is optional to add temporary wood structures such as sidewalk partitions, bracing, or concrete forms to the baseline wood budget. If added, however, the temporary wood structures can only count toward one project’s certification (that is, if reused on another LEED project, they cannot count toward MRc7 there). Also, if temporary wood structures are calculated towards the credit compliance, all temporary wood structures need to be counted in the baseline (essentially, you can’t just calculate FSC certified wood structures and not non-FSC certified wood structures). Unless the temporary structures are FSC-certified wood, it is not generally to your advantage to bring the baseline budget higher by adding them.


  • The baseline wood budget should be consistent across all wood products mentioned in MRc3–7. The LEED Online credit form helps ensure consistency.


  • To determine how much FSC wood you will need to incorporate into your project, look at the baseline wood budget. Determine how much you want to spend on certified wood. 50% of the wood budget cost will give the project one point and 95% will give the project one ID point for exemplary performance. Go through the project’s preliminary budget, identify what wood items could be purchased FSC-certified, and check to see whether these items add up to the amount needed to get the desired LEED points.


  • Include a cushion for this credit in case of changes in design and purchasing. For example, if you are counting on one point for using 50% certified wood, plan on using 60% of your wood budget for certified wood in order to avoid coming up short.


  • Using the estimated budget to integrate certified wood into the design and specs early in the process can help prevent costly change orders during construction.


  • Use your estimated budget as a guide throughout the project. Many projects fail to earn this credit because they wait until all the materials have been purchased before calculating whether they have purchased enough FSC-certified wood to gain the LEED credit. 


  • Focus on “big ticket” wood items first. Materials like flooring, custom millwork, and framing, if they meet the certified wood requirement, may represent enough value to earn the credit. This approach allows you to Iimit the number of certified wood items you need to track and document, reducing contractor headaches and keeping overall costs low. If big-ticket items are not enough, target medium-priced items next, until you reach your goal.


  • A single product or material can contribute to multiple credits. For example, cabinetry made both locally and with certified wood contributes to MRc5 as well as MRc7. Focusing on products and materials with multiple environmental attributes can also limit the overall number of items that must be tracked. 


  • There is no minimum amount of wood you need to earn this credit. If the project does not use a lot of wood, and your baseline wood budget is low, purchase 95% FSC wood to gain two points (for credit and exemplary performance) at very low cost.


  • Pay attention to the different types of FSC certification, which you can find on product cut sheets. You will need a letter, cut sheet, or statement from the vendor indicating the type of FSC certification.

    • FSC Pure: valued at 100% of product cost. 
    • FSC Mixed Credit: valued at 100% of product cost.
    • FSC Mixed (XX)%: A percentage of FSC content is indicated, and you can claim that percentage of the product’s cost. 
    • FSC Recycled and FSC Recycled Credit: do not count toward this credit at all and can be left out of the baseline wood budget. FSC Recycled can count towards MRc4 Recycled Content.

  • Assemblies


  • When a product is made of multiple materials that may or may not all be FSC certified, use the following special considerations.


  • The cost value for the LEED calculation is determined by weight or volume as a percentage of the total. See the example below, and a spreadsheet you can use in the Documentation Toolkit.


  • Request that manufacturers provide assembly information broken down by weight, volume, or cost. 


  • It is unwise to assume that 100% of an assembly is FSC-certified, just because the product literature says that it is. Double-check with the manufacturer on what percentage of the assembly (by weight or volume choosing one consistently) is FSC wood and allocate that percentage of the total assembly cost toward the credit calculations.


  • FSC Recycled and FSC Recycled Credit: do not count toward this credit at all and can be left out of the baseline wood budget. FSC Recycled can count towards MRc4 Recycled Content.


  • Include in your new wood materials baseline budget the material cost (excluding labor) of all new wood items that apply under CSI MasterFormat Divisions 03–10, 31 (31.60.00 Foundations), and 32 (32.10.00, Paving, 32.30.00 Site Improvements, and 32.90.00 Plantings). Division 12 Furniture is optional as long as it is consistently applied across all credits. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and equipment costs are excluded. (See Resources for Master Spec information.)

Construction Documents

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  • For guidance and sample specification language for incorporating LEED specifications into construction documents, see MasterSpec, or the Whole Building Design Guide. (See Resources.)


  • Incorporating the LEED requirements directly into the drawings as well as into the specs is a good way to remind the contractor and subcontractors of the requirements. 


  • Include submittal requirements within each targeted construction spec section and add general requirements to the Division 1 bid package. Include a copy of any submittal documents that the contractor may need to fill out.


  • Revisit the baseline wood budget as the design evolves to make sure your numbers remain accurate and that you remain on track to achieve your goal for the credit.


  • Research specific products and incorporate FSC wood requirements into individual construction specifications. Require that vendors provide FSC Chain of Custody (CoC) tracking numbers on invoices, breakdown of wood costs and cut sheets.  See USGBC’s policy memo on CoC tracking for detail. (See Resources.)


  • Project contractors, subcontractors, and furniture installers are not required to be CoC certified, as long as they do not modify products beyond what is required for installation, according to the LEED Reference Guide.  However, vendors, suppliers, manufacturers are required to hold and provide CoC tracking numbers as the product moves throughout the supply chain.


  • You will need a letter, cut sheet, or statement from the vendor indicating what kind of FSC certification the wood has: FSC Pure or FSC mixed. FSC Recycled wood counts toward MRc4: Recycled Content, not this credit.


  • Whenever possible, designate in the construction specifications that contractors use specific product manufacturers that you have verified as suppliers of FSC-certified wood items. This will help save research time for the contractors.


  • Carefully review manufacturer data. Don’t pay attention to vague claims such as “Our product will give you a certified wood LEED point” (when it will only contribute to the credit). No matter what the manufacturer claims, you’ll still need to collect actual costs and FSC Chain-of-Custody numbers. 


  • Some projects require materials submittals from contractors as a stipulation of payment to ensure that contractors provide all the needed documentation.


  • There may be a longer lead time for ordering FSC wood. Make sure to order FSC wood early. Check with manufacturers early to learn about possible delays.

Construction

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  • Preparation Before Construction Begins


  • LEED documentation and materials tracking are usually the GC’s responsibility even though specific materials selection may have been already determined by the architect or designer.


  • The GC should hold an orientation meeting with the subcontractors to review the LEED responsibilities related specifically to their trades. This exercise helps to build trust and is crucial for obtaining buy-in from all participants in the process.


  • Give the GC and subcontractors the following tools to help them track materials data for all MR and IEQ credits. (See the Documentation Toolkit for access.)

    • Materials Calculator:  This is a master tracking spreadsheet that the GC can use internally to compile product information received from the subcontractors. The spreadsheet tracks LEED values across multiple LEED MR and IEQ credits.
    • Environmental Materials Reporting Form: This is a material tracking form that helps subcontractors record the environmental values for products they purchase. This can be distributed to each trade subcontractor and submitted to the GC for filing. 
    • Low-Emitting Materials Reporting Form: This is a VOC tracking sheet that helps subcontractors record the low-emitting qualities of the products they purchase and can be distributed to each trade subcontractor and submitted to the GC for filing.
    • Low-Emitting Material Limits: These tables, found with each credit here on LEEDuser, summarize the maximum VOC limits for different types of adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, composite wood, and flooring products. When subcontractors search for low-emitting products, they should consult these charts.

  • Enabling coordination and communication among the GC, subcontractors and design team early in the process can minimize scheduling delays and pushback from subcontractors.


  • During Construction


  • The contractor starts gathering and environmental data and cut sheets from subcontractors for approval. 


  • Review subcontractor product suggestions ahead of time to avoid the purchase of inappropriate materials and eliminate the need for costly change orders.  


  • A master spreadsheet facilitates information collection for subcontractors, giving them a road map of exactly what types of information to collect for each product.  


  • Assign a responsible party to input the subcontractors’ tracking forms into the Materials Calculator (see Documentation Toolkit). A LEED consultant or an administrative assistant in the GC’s office may be the best choice for this role.


  • Breaking out specific materials costs (excluding labor) for construction materials that contribute to LEED credits is a requirement for LEED MR credits. Some subcontractors prefer not to do this because there are always hidden markups in the materials that subcontractors purchase at wholesale. However, you can simply include the product markup when breaking out a product’s material cost from installation and labor costs.


  • Transfer all the data collected in the Materials Calculator spreadsheet (see Documentation Toolkit) to the LEED Online form and upload the product cut sheets. 


  • Only a random 20% sampling of product cut sheets need to be uploaded to LEED Online to document this credit.


  • The general contractor (GC) is oriented to this credit and the need to track FSC-certified wood, along with being oriented to all of their responsibilities, including construction IAQ management, low-emitting materials, environmental materials tracking, and construction waste management. 


  • Do additional research on the availability of any FSC-certified wood that you did not already research during the design phase before construction begins to ensure that the project earns this credit. If product decisions are made after construction begins, there may be less time to carefully review data sheets and much greater risk of using a noncompliant product.


  • The GC functions as the overall quality assurance provider for this credit. Responsibilities include conducting weekly reviews of subcontractor product submittals and tracking forms including checking that CoC numbers have been provided for FSC wood.


  • Streamline documentation and research by taking data gathered from subcontractors via the Environmental Materials Reporting Form and transfer it into a master spreadsheet for all the items being tracked across MR and IEQ credits. (See Documentation Toolkit.) For example, you may need to ask the millwork contractor for certified wood information for this credit, and information on urea-formaldehyde-free products for IEQc4.4. If one spreadsheet collects all the data, it can streamline your documentation, associated research, and help with quality control. 

Operations & Maintenance

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  • Keep a list of FSC-certified wood products used on the project so that O&M staff can use these products for future renovations.


  • Develop FSC-certified wood procurement recommendations and incorporate them into a purchasing policy. If pursuing EBOM certification, this will contribute to MRp1: Sustainable Purchasing Policy.  

  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations

    MR Credit 7: Certified wood

    1 Point

    Intent

    To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

    Requirements

    Use a minimum of 50% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria, for wood building components. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.

    Include only materials permanently installed in the project. Wood products purchased for temporary use on the project (e.g., formwork, bracing, scaffolding, sidewalk protection, and guard rails) may be included in the calculation at the project team’s discretion. If any such materials are included, all such materials must be included in the calculation. If such materials are purchased for use on multiple projects, the applicant may include these materials for only one project, at its discretion. Furniture may be included if it is included consistently in MR Credits 3. Materials Reuse, through MR Credit 7: 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..

    Potential Technologies & Strategies

    Establish a project goal for 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.-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. products and identify suppliers that can achieve this goal. During construction, ensure that the FSC-certified wood products are installed and quantify the total percentage of FSC- certified wood products installed.

Organizations

Revised Requirements for Documenting the Use of FSC Certified Wood in LEED

This is a memo from the USGBC clarifying how to address the 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. calculation and detailing what documentation needs to be provided.


Forest Stewardship Council, United States

For information and practical tools such as databases of certified product suppliers, referral services, specification language, and the “Designing and Building with FSC” guide and forms.


Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) — Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers

Support on incorporating LEED requirements into specifications. 


FSC Facts and Figures

This slide deck shows the global 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. certified forest area by region. In North America, FSC forests account for 40.74% of certified forests.

Assembly Calculator

If your project has furniture or assemblies such as built-in bookshelves that mix 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. with steel or other materials that are not certified wood, you'll need to calculate the portion of the certified-wood portion of the assembly. This calculator can help.

Chain-of-Custody Certificate

Manufacturers should provide their 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. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification number on invoices. They may also provide their CoC certificate, like the sample shown here.

Product Cut Sheets

Look to product cut sheets like the sample shown here for information on how a wood product can contribute to credit for 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.. Note the annotated LEEDuser tips on the attached PDF document.

Materials Calculator

Teams can use this tool to track all materials across various MR and IEQ credits. It helps teams develop a roadmap of what information needs to be tracked for different products. It can also be used early on to create the baseline budget and ensure the products that are being used will apply to the various credit thresholds.

Environmental Materials Reporting Form

This is a materials tracking form that helps subcontractors record the environmental values of products they purchase. This can be distributed to each trade subcontractor and submitted to the GC for filing.

Letter to Contractor for MR and IEQ Credits

Use a letter like this sample to orient the contractor to their responsibilities for all MR and IEQ credits. This letter is an introduction that can be customized for the credits your project is pursuing.

Low-Emitting Materials Reporting Form

This is a VOC tracking sheet that helps subcontractors record the low-emitting qualities of the products they purchase and can be distributed to each trade subcontractor and submitted to the GC for filing. Use it specifically for earning low-emitting materials credits, but in conjunction with documentation for MR credits.

LEED Online Forms: NC-2009 MR

The following links take you to the public, informational versions of the dynamic LEED Online forms for each NC-2009 MR credit. You'll need to fill out the live versions of these forms on LEED Online for each credit you hope to earn.

Version 4 forms (newest):

Version 3 forms:

These links are posted by LEEDuser with USGBC's permission. USGBC has certain usage restrictions for these forms; for more information, visit LEED Online and click "Sample Forms Download."

Construction Submittal

HardhatDocumentation for this credit is part of the Construction Phase submittal.

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FSC certified 100%pre-consumer recycled wood fiber

If the particle board is 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. certified 100%pre-consumer recycled wood fiber, can this be considered for credit MR 7. In other words can this be considered 100% new wood and 100% FSC certified?

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Esther Kohout Kohout Woodwork, Inc Jul 15 2015 LEEDuser Member 55 Thumbs Up

Hi Cathy, Bottom line is NO, you cannot use recycled wood towards the MR7 credit, only New Wood is considered. below is a copied post from earlier on in this discussion, you can scroll down and see many who have asked this same question.
"The FAQ above states: "Because this credit focuses on "new" wood, products that are 100% recycled content may not be counted as 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. under MRc7, and should be excluded from the total cost of new wood materials. However, those purchases could qualify for credit under MRc4: Recycled Content."

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Judy Landwehr Manager, Sustainability and Technical Marketing , Masonite Architectural Jul 17 2015 Guest 841 Thumbs Up

Additonal information regarding this topic can be found in LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. Ruling “ID#10372 made on 04/02/2014.

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jorge calderon earth lab
May 20 2015
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FSC MIX

Project Location: Mexico

Hello!

I´m documenting a floor that is 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. MIX, does it means that I can count it as 100%?

I´m not sure because the label only says MIX, not FSC Mixed Credit, neither FSC Mixed (NN)%.

Thanks in advance

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Karin Miller Sustainability Manager, YR&G May 20 2015 LEEDuser Member 184 Thumbs Up

Per LEED Reference Guide Correction #100000383, wood products that are identified on invoices as 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. Pure and FSC Mixed Credit should be valued at 100% of the product cost. Wood products identified as FSC Mixed (NN)% should be valued at the indicated percentage of their cost, for example, a product identified as FSC Mixed 75% should be valued at 75% of the cost.

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jorge calderon earth lab May 20 2015 Guest 265 Thumbs Up

Thank you for the information Karin, maybe because of the language, but still we are not sure if "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. Mix" is the same than "FSC Mixed Credit". Could you tell me if is it please.

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jorge calderon earth lab May 21 2015 Guest 265 Thumbs Up

Is there anyone who can help me answer this question?

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Karin Miller Sustainability Manager, YR&G May 21 2015 LEEDuser Member 184 Thumbs Up

Jorge,

If there is no % associated with the 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. Mix, you can assume that it is considered FSC Mixed Credit, but it would be good practice to check with the supplier to ensure that the % was not omitted from the documentation.

Karin

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Michelle Reott LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC May 21 2015 LEEDuser Expert 8702 Thumbs Up

Jorge - I was trying to find something on 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.'s website but check out this link - http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-blogs/industrial-woodworker/produ.... It discusses the 2012 changes to the FSC Standard.

"Existing Invoice Claim → New Claim

FSC Pure → FSC 100%

FSC Mixed xx% → FSC Mix xx%

FSC Mixed Credit → FSC Mix Credit"

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Judy Landwehr Manager, Sustainability and Technical Marketing , Masonite Architectural May 21 2015 Guest 841 Thumbs Up

The 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. Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 can be downloaded from the FSC website at the following link: http://hostmaster.cefcoproject.org/documentsearch.html?&no_cache=1&tx_da....

Section 6-Page 19 of the standard explains that all invoices and shipping documents of products with a FSC claim must clearly identify the proper FSC claim along with the vendors FSC Certificate Code. FSC Mix products can have either a FSC Mix Credit claim or a FSC Mix XX% claim. The claim applied would depend on the components that the manufacturer used to construct the product and what portion if any, was manufactured with FSC Controlled Wood in lieu of 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.. While a product with a FSC Mix Credit claim is considered 100% FSC, a product with a percentage base claim could be less as only the percentage by weight or volume of the FSC material in that assembly would be listed as the claim percentage. I.e. FSC Mix 79%.

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Lori Knosalla Policy and Standards Manager - Chain of Custody, Forest Stewardship Council US May 27 2015 LEEDuser Member 4 Thumbs Up

Jorge - It sounds like you may be looking at flooring that carries an 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. on-product label. There are many FSC certified products available at retail locations that carry FSC on-product labels, but for LEED documentation purposes, FSC on-product labels cannot be used to document for the LEED MRc7 credit.

LEED requires project teams to document their MRc7 contributions through invoices for the FSC certified products from FSC certified suppliers. The invoices for these products will carry the full FSC claim (FSC Mix Credit, FSC Mix XX%, FSC 100%, etc) and the valid chain of custody number of the supplier. Only FSC certified companies can make FSC claims on their invoices.

In some cases, if the flooring supplier is also the installer (see LI #10296: http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359?view=interpretations), then they do not need to be FSC certified. Instead the installer can provide their invoice with a letter from their FSC certified manufacturer stating the chain of custody number and FSC claim.

In your case, if the flooring supplier is not the installer, then you should ask the flooring supplier if they are FSC certified and then make sure they can sell this material to you with an FSC claim. You will need to keep the invoice as documentation for MRc7.

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Deepika Parmar Ms
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CoC number not mentioned on Invoice

Project Location: United Arab Emirates

Hi,

For our project the Invoices donot mention the CoC number. However since the CoC number was missed out in the Invoices, the supplier has provided a letter mentioning the Invoice number and along with it the CoC number. The 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. Certificate and CoC is provided by the supplier. Will this be enough for documentation, or is it mandatory that the invoices need to show the CoC number ? Will a letter from the supplier not be sufficient ?

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John Albrecht AIA, LEED Fellow, ChicagoGreen LLC May 21 2015 LEEDuser Member 54 Thumbs Up

Deepika, here's my 2 cents. The MRc7 form says:
"Provide vendor invoices for all new wood products on a line item basis. Include the value ($) of each product as well as the vendor's COC certificate numbers for all 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.-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.." So for any FSC items listed on your Materials and Resource Calculator, you should comply or risk a common LEED reviewer comment that needs your response. In my experience, it is much better to ask your FSC vendors for this info now than after submitting. Does that help?

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Deepika Parmar Ms Jun 03 2015 Guest 23 Thumbs Up

Thank you for the information John.

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Andy Prestridge Project Engineer R & O Construction Co.
Apr 17 2015
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FSC Wood COC

Project Location: United States

We have received the 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. invoice for some of our FSC plywood and our subcontractor had it delivered to his shop a few miles away and then brought it to the site. The invoice shows that it was delivered to his shop and he is not COC/FSC certified. Does this break the COC and therefore make the 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. not count toward the credit? If so is there anything that we can do to correct it?

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Mike Stopka Director of Sustainability Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Apr 15 2015
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FSC & aluminum wood clad windows total $$ cost for wood budget

Hello -

We are using a very expensive aluminum wood clad window system for a project. My question is, how does this window system factor into the total wood budget $$ amount. It is looking like we cannot get the wood in this window system to be 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. 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.. If the window system cost contributes fully to the wood budget number, it will be difficult for this project to achieve MRc7.

Has anyone had experience with this? I doubt it would be possible to get a $$ break out for just the wood used within the window system.

Thanks!

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Andy Prestridge Project Engineer R & O Construction Co.
Apr 09 2015
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FSC Certified Millwork

We have a fair amount or T&G wood that is being installed on the Ceiling. We are purchasing the wood as 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. certified but, this wood is being sent to a company to cut the Tongues and Grooves on it before it arrives on site.

Also our millwork subcontractor is NOT FSC certified and is buying 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. for cabinets and trim.

With the subcontractors not being FSC Certified does that break the Chain of custody and therefore make all of this wood not eligible for the FSC Credit?

Is there anyway to make this wood count as FSC Certified?

I.E. ship the wood directly to the site with chain of custody and then take the wood to the millwork shop for fabrication of cabinets and moldings?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Apr 09 2015 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

A company that has 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. CoC, e.g. the supplier of the wood, can use an outsourcing agreement to the company doing the T&G and then supply the resulting product to you as FSC-certified.

Your millwork subcontractor has to have FSC CoC in order for the 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. they are using to count toward the credit. Shipping it to the site and then sending it to the millwork shop doesn't work.

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Sara Axon
Apr 09 2015
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MRc7 How does this credit work?

If we are asked to provide for 1 point or 50% 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. Wood by cost but are making casework, do we have to ship the casework as FSC certified? That means that product is 100% certified and we need to show our COC #. OR - since it is only 50%, can we list MATERIALS and not PRODUCT on the LEED form and show that 50% of the MATERIALS USED were FSC, along with the suppliers FSC COC # AND NOT OURS? Main question: if we purchase 95% of the material as FSC but make it into a product that is not FSC certifiable because of a raw material - say the controlled wood EB - so the casework cannot ship with OUR certification on it, will it still meet the requirements of the 50% threshold ?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Apr 09 2015 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

It's not the product that needs to be 50% 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. - it's the overall wood use for the project.

If you are not installing your product on the job, you will need to produce FSC-certified casework following FSC rules. If you are not clear on how those rules work, you should contact your certifier. Your question about the 95% FSC material and the controlled wood EB seems off since this would meet FSC requirements for a certified product -- the resulting product would be FSC Mix 95%.

If you have more questions, you can contact me privately at jason@jasongrantconsulting.com

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Andy Prestridge Project Engineer R & O Construction Co.
Apr 09 2015
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FSC Certified Plywood

Project Location: United States

I have a lot of plywood that is being used on the job that is supposed to be 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. Certified. Our subcontractors have provided a cost of the material and a certificate showing that it is an FSC Mix but, I can't get the information out of them for the Material resource calculator that calls for the % of new wood and % of new wood that is FSC Certified.

None of the sample documents that you show say anything about the % new wood and %new wood that is FSC certified.

I believe that dimensional lumber is 100% new wood but how does do they document plywood?

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Mark Ramsey Tahiti Cabinets Inc. Apr 09 2015 LEEDuser Member 6 Thumbs Up

Andy,
That should come on their supplier invoice. It will list out what the % is.

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Joe Brown Certified Wood Products, Inc Apr 09 2015 Guest 86 Thumbs Up

Andy,
Your subcontractor should provide you an invoice that should label the plywood as either "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. Mix Credit" or "FSC Mix [NN%]". Providing a Certificate is only half of the evidence needed to submit the MR7 credit. Assuming the plywood is FSC Mixed Credit which is the most common, its cost should be counted as 100% FSC.
All wood should be assumed to be new wood unless sold and labeled as recycled or reused.

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Mark Ramsey Tahiti Cabinets Inc.
Apr 08 2015
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MR c7 forms

Project Location: United States

As a millwork subcontractor with a 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. COC number where can we go to get detailed information on how and what is required to fill out the MRc7 forms. For example the first line sustainable criteria is this a dollar amount that includes all labor, hardware along with the FSC wood products?
Line 2 Total new wood materials cost. Is this our sale price which would be the Contractor or Architects cost? Line 3 fills in automatically. I was under the impression that we did not need to provide our vendor invoices or is this line for our sale price which would be the Contractor or Architects cost?

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Michelle Reott LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC Apr 13 2015 LEEDuser Expert 8702 Thumbs Up

Mark - Teams utilize the BDC Materials and Resources Calculator, which can be found at http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359?view=resources. This spreadsheet is uploaded to LEED Online (LO). The team then summarizes information from the BDC MR Calculator to the MRc7 form in LO. You can get the v04 version here - http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359 (see sidebar Sample Forms).

Information that allows millworkers to not provide invoices can be found in LEED InterpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. ID #10296 - http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations?keys=10296.

Your questions are fairly specific and it sounds like you need a LEED professional to guide you through the process. Is your team's LEED project manager not able to provide you assistance? If not, you can contact me through the Contact Form by clicking my name to discuss my services.

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Charalampos Giannikopoulos Founder DCarbon
Mar 31 2015
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Existing building

When reusing an existing building (major renovation) then only any new wood materials would be applicable for the credit? Consequently, the credit does not apply to existing wood materials which are kept in place. For example, wooden doors kept in place would not count, whereas new doors would count to the credit.
Is that correct? Thank you in advance.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Mar 31 2015 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

You got it

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L S Vancouver, BC Canada
Mar 18 2015
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KCMA -Reston, VA

Project Location: Canada

Does anyone have any comments on this KCMA ? Are they considered as USGBC approved equivalent for LEED V4?

http://www.kcma.org/
http://greencabinetsource.org/

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Steve Dundorf Environmental Engineer Jul 25 2015 Guest

KCMA ESPP is a near complete greenwash. The actual environmental impact by following the minimum requirements for certification and doing the minimum is almost zero. In addition, you can get this certification without using any of the sustainable wood certification programs.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jul 27 2015 LEEDuser Moderator

I researched the KCMA program several years ago and found it noteworthy for lack of any meaningful environmental features. I recall that just about everyone was certified under it, or could be with little effort. LEED v4 does not currently recognize it.

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jorge calderon earth lab
Mar 11 2015
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Appeal mrc7

appeal on MRc7

Hi, we just received our final review, but we like yo get one more point to have 80 points instead of 79. Our credit MRc7 is still pending because we could not find enough documentation to document it after the preliminary review. The questions are:
1. Can we install a new wood floor and document it in an appeal? If yes, 2. What happen whith the table of cost uploaded in other material credits?
3. How can I change the status to "open to update"? I click everywhere from credit page and nothing change.
Thanks in advance

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L S Vancouver, BC Canada
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Fraction use of FSC materials

Project Location: Canada

This question and answer come from above and Missing Manual:
A product has 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.-certified veneer, but a non-certified core.
Can we prorate the MRc7 contribution of this product based on
the cost of the veneer?
No. If the product is built off-site then the entire assembly (the product
which is shipped to site) must have an FSC label from the manufacturer
of the assembly. Individual components, unless they are shipped to
site and thereby complete the chain, may not contribute towards this
credit. All entities that possess FSC materials until the product reaches
the project site must have a chain-of-custodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. certification.

The question seems to be directed to fraction use of FSC product in an assembly product consisting of FSC and non-FSC materials. Doesn't this apply to Equation 2 of the LEED Reference guide?USGBC ID#10372 mentions "some fraction of the assembly...as FSC certified" and ID#10296 explains further.

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Esther Kohout Kohout Woodwork, Inc
Feb 10 2015
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FSC Recycled -VS- FSC new wood

Project Location: United States

It is my understanding that if you create a product made up of composite panels like MDFMedium-density fiberboard (MDF): Panel product used in cabinets and furniture; generally made from wood fiber glued together with binder; similar to particleboard, but with finer texture, offering more precise finishing. Most MDF is made with formaldehyde-emitting urea-formaldehyde binder., plywood, particle board, and the like, and all the material is 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. Certified recycled. Since there isn't any "New Wood" none of that wood would be applied to the MR7 credit even though all the wood is FSC certified. Is this true?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Feb 10 2015 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

You asked substantially the same question on July 30th 2014. Scroll down to see the answers.

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Esther Kohout Kohout Woodwork, Inc Feb 11 2015 LEEDuser Member 55 Thumbs Up

You are correct, there was some very helpful posts, and after reviewing, they did help me out on this current question. Thank you again!

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Marcia Weekes LEED Coordinator Ecostrategic Construction Solutions
Feb 09 2015
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Are Door Distributors Required to be FSC Certified?

I provide consulting to many General Contractors working on buildings pursuing LEED Certification. Unfortunately, the 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. Credit is one we run into many challenges with because of a lack of understanding about the Chain-of-CustodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. requirements and because in some cases, by the time I am brought on a project, the GC has already signed contracts with most of their vendors and subcontractors. My understanding is that in order for the Chain-of-Custody to remain intact for wood doors, and allow for that cost to count toward the Certified Wood credit, the door distributor MUST be 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. certified, even though the doors are being shipped directly from the manufacturer (FSC Certified) to the jobsite. I often refer to the third question/response found on this link: https://us.fsc.org/faqs-for-green-building.325.htm .

I have had a few companies challenge my understanding of this, stating that if the manufacturer is FSC certified, then there is no requirement for the door distributor to be FSC certified as well, especially if the doors are being shipped directly from the manufacturer. I would like to use this forum to get some feedback with regards to this.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Feb 09 2015 Guest 5052 Thumbs Up

Based on the principles of LEED webinar the COC needs to be maintained from the forest to the job site. Once on the job site, if the product is only installed (NOT modified) then the person installing it doesn't need COC certification. It gets tricky with mill workers but should be pretty straightforward with people installing doors. However, you do need each item listed on its own line with the COC for the product. You can't just put all your wood doors in an invoice without a specific COC and dollar amount for each product. The 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. invoices I receive are usually a mess because they have too much consolidation and not enough detail.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Feb 09 2015 Guest 5052 Thumbs Up

I'd say If a door distributor takes possession of the doors prior to them reaching the job site they need COC certification according to LEED guidance.

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Marcia Weekes LEED Coordinator, Ecostrategic Construction Solutions Feb 09 2015 LEEDuser Member 104 Thumbs Up

Thanks Kathryn for your response. I should clarify that the door distributors I am referring to are not the installing contractor. On most of my projects, the GC has a contract directly with a door distributor to get the doors to the project site. Once there a separate subcontractor installs the doors. I understand that the installing contractor does not need 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. certification, but in this case, I view the distributor as a vendor, and am of the opinion that this company should also be FSC certified in order for the Chain-of-CustodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. to remain intact. Does this make a difference in your original response?

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Feb 09 2015 Guest 5052 Thumbs Up

Nope.

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Judy Landwehr Manager, Sustainability and Technical Marketing , Masonite Architectural Feb 09 2015 Guest 841 Thumbs Up

Door Distributors are required to be 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. COC certified if they are not installing the product that they purchased. If they are installing the product they purchased, then they are considered a sub-contractor and are not required to be FSC certified. A large number of Distributors have obtained FSC COC certification and are able to invoice wood doors with their FSC Chain of Custody certificate code.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Feb 10 2015 Guest 5052 Thumbs Up

Judy is right. Sorry about that. Check out this addendum #100000098

"Entities that install an 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.-certified product on the project
building/site (typically project contractors or subcontractors, but also
furniture installers and the like), do not require CoC certification as long
as they do not modify the product\'s packaging or form except as is
required for installation. Contractors and sub-contractors that temporarily
possess FSC-certified material prior to installation should be careful not
mix or contaminate the FSC-certified material with non-FSC-certified
material."

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Marcia Weekes LEED Coordinator, Ecostrategic Construction Solutions Feb 10 2015 LEEDuser Member 104 Thumbs Up

Kathryn/Judy,
thanks so much for your feedback.

Judy,
are you able to shed any light as to why door distributors who do not take possession of or stock the doors (doors are shipped directly from manufacturer to jobsite without first going to the distributor), also require 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. Certification? Admittedly, it is more challenging for me to explain the need for FSC certification when we are dealing with this scenario.

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Judy Landwehr Manager, Sustainability and Technical Marketing , Masonite Architectural Feb 10 2015 Guest 841 Thumbs Up

The 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. US website has several documents that cover this topic. Within one of their documents, they explain why COC certification is necessary through the supply chain. Per FSC US "The Chain-of-CustodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. process ensures the consumer that the FSC-certified products they purchase are coming from responsibly managed sources. For a consumer to purchase an FSC-certified product, every company that previously had ownership of the forest product material components of the end product would have had to be FSC certified."
Additional facts can be found at the following link.
https://us.fsc.org/chain-of-custody-certification.201.htm

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Marc Perry Marc Perry Architect
Nov 10 2014
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FSC certified shop

Project Location: United States

Does a cabinet fabricator need to be a "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. certified shop" in order to achieve the MRc7 (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.) credit? The cabinets will be built out of FSC certified wood (the chain of custody letter will be provided), but the shop is currently not FSC certified.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Nov 10 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

Yes, cabinet shops, architectural woodworkers, and other subs that fabricate wood products off the jobsite have to have 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. CoC even if they install their products on-site. However, there is an "alternative documentation process" that makes it easier for these types of companies to have the FSC materials they buy count toward credit achievement. For more info:

https://us.fsc.org/faqs-for-green-building.325.htm

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Michelle Reott LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC Nov 22 2014 LEEDuser Expert 8702 Thumbs Up

Jason - I just wanted to add the 10/1/13 LI that outlines the alternative documentation process for the official reference - http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations?keys=10296 (LI ID #10296). It can also be used by those who make furniture.

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Cristina Algaze Architect. LEED AP BD+C.
Oct 29 2014
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CoC certification requirement for Project General Contractor.

The LEED BD+C addenda states the following: - " Entities that install an 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.-certified product on the project building/site (typically project contractors or subcontractors, but also furniture installers and the like), do not require CoC certification as long as they do not modify the product’s packaging or form except as is required for installation. Contractors and sub-contractors that temporarily possess FSC-certified material prior to installation should be careful not mix or contaminate the FSC-certified material with non- FSC-certified material." - This project includes some simple wood shelves. The contractor does not have a CoC certification. Can the contractor receive the FSC panels from a CoC certified supplier to the project site and modify them on site to construct the shelves without a CoC? The construction will entail cutting to size the FSC panels, sanding and sealing, and installing on wall.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Oct 29 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

Yes.

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Cristina Algaze Architect. LEED AP BD+C. Nov 12 2014 LEEDuser Member 124 Thumbs Up

Thanks Jason for your prompt answer, my question above was regarding simple shelves. Now the contractor is wandering if he could do the same -receive 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. product on site and construct counter tops and a cabinet on site- without having a CoC.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Nov 12 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

Yes, any amount of modification to 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. products can occur on the jobsite without the builders or installers having to have FSC CoC - it's only if there is fabrication off the jobsite, e.g. by a custom woodworker or architectural millworker.

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Cristina Algaze Architect. LEED AP BD+C. Nov 12 2014 LEEDuser Member 124 Thumbs Up

very grateful!

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Phillip Cook WGE
Sep 24 2014
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Non-FSC Invoices

Project Location: Australia

The FAQ on LEED User for this credit says that the non-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. invoices need to be compiled but not submitted and references the April 2008 Memo. I reviewed the memo and it definitely says ALL timber invoices need to be compiled. But it does not say anything about submitting or not submitting?

Additionally, the v4.0 version of the MRc7 LEED Online form asks for "Percentage of MRc7 materials with vendor invoices provided (by cost). Must be 100% to document credit compliance." And in the upload section it asks to "Provide vendor invoices for all new wood products on a line item basis."

This seems to contradict the LEED User FAQ - i.e. it looks to me that we do need to submit the invoices for the non-FSC rated timber. Could you please clarify.

Regards,

Phil

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Sep 24 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

I thought all invoices needed to be compiled and submitted, but Tristan may know better if he is tracking.

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Phillip Cook WGE Oct 29 2014 LEEDuser Member 202 Thumbs Up

Hi Tristan - Can you please comment on the LEED User FAQ. It appears the LEED Online Form requires us to upload all the invoices but the LEED User FAQ says that we only need to provide the certified timber invoices.

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Omar ElRawy Building Engineer, LEED AP BD+C EA Building Consultants
Sep 22 2014
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No New Wood

Project Location: Egypt

Dear all,
I actually have two questions; the first is that I have a wood product with only pre-consumer recycled content, I need just to confirm that this product is exempt from this credit

The second question is that: in case that all the wood products in my projects do have recycled contents (post, pre, or both), can I be able to get this credit or not?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Sep 24 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

Question 1: I don't have a definitive answer. If the pre-consumer recycled wood is 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., then it can count toward the credit, but if it is not, then in my mind it seems like it should count as non-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 not be exempt -- but that's just my opinion. I'm not aware of a definitive ruling on this.

Question 2: If the products that have recycled content are FSC-certified, then they can contribute to the credit.

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Omar ElRawy Building Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, EA Building Consultants Sep 25 2014 Guest 802 Thumbs Up

What about the case that I have zero new wood, 100% wood with recycled content, and zero 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. recycled wood.?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Sep 25 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

I don't understand. It seems like in this case you wouldn't be pursuing MRc7 and the question is moot. In the situation you are describing, it seems like you would be applying the recycled wood toward MRc4 if that is a credit you are pursuing.

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LEED Consultant Green Building and Alternative Energy
Aug 05 2014
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Manufacturer and Vendor COC and Correct invoice format

Hello,

We are documenting this credit for a project where the only wood elements are the doors. These doors are all 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. certified. Our supplier bought these doors to the manufacturer.

The manufacturer provided us the FSC certificate which has the COC number and also gave us the invoice with the COC, but this invoice has not the FSC certificate number.

Then the vendor, who didn´t modify these doors provided his invoice (which has not the COC) with the number of the vendor´s invoice as a reference.

I have some questions here: should the vendor also has to provide the COC in his invoice? Is there a problem if the manufacturer didn´t put the FSC certificate number in his invoice?

Thank you in advance.

Regards,

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LEEDme STRATEGIE SRL STRATEGIE SRL Aug 06 2014 Guest 163 Thumbs Up

For MRc7 documentation invoice must indicate manufacturer COC number and type of 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. certification (100%, mixed XX%) of each wood product, the number of FSC certificate is not required.
In a similar situation we uploaded on leedonline invoices of manufacturer (COC type of FSC certification, product cost), and both those of vendor (link between manufacturer and project).

Giorgia - LEEDme

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LEED Consultant Green Building and Alternative Energy Aug 06 2014 LEEDuser Member 2024 Thumbs Up

Thank you for your response Giorgia, in this case the invoice doesn´t mention the the type of 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., but we were thinking, as this is a standarized product we would submit the technical data sheet of the doors for the FSC type, could this be acceptable?

And regarding the vendor´s invoice, have you had a similar situation like this, where the vendor has not the COC in his invoice (he is the supplier and he didn´t modify in any way the product) , can this affect the credit?

Regards!

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Aug 06 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

If the vendor doesn't have 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. CoC, then the chain is broken and the doors can't count toward MRc7 -- even if they are simply a distributor or trader and didn't modify the product in any way.

FSC rules require that all invoices for FSC-certified products include the certificate holder's CoC code as well as what Giorgia called "the type of FSC certification" (e.g. FSC 100%, FSC Mix 70%, FSC Mix Credit, etc.) In FSC lingo, this is known as an FSC claim. If the manufacturer's invoice doesn't include both of these key elements -- the CoC code and an FSC claim or claims for the certified products they are selling -- then they are out of compliance with the FSC CoC standard, and are likely to have problems during their next CoC audit. It would be best if they were proactive in addressing the non-conformance by updating their systems and issuing a corrected invoice.

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LEEDme STRATEGIE SRL STRATEGIE SRL Aug 07 2014 Guest 163 Thumbs Up

Thak you Jason for terminology clarification.

The vendor to which I have referred only made installation.
In USGBC addenda+ errata database I can find 10/01/2012: A chain-of-custodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer's chain-of-custody number.
In addition there is the addenda dated 07/19/2010.

Giorgia - LEEDme

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Aug 07 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1529 Thumbs Up

I couldn't find the addenda dated 07/19/2010. I did find the 10/12/2012 addenda that you referenced which reads:

Replace the definition of "chain-of-custodyChain-of-custody (COC) is he path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier’s guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer’s chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1. (COC)" with "the path taken by raw materials, processed materials, and products from the forest to the consumer, including all successive stages of processing, transformation, manufacturing and distribution. A chain-of-custody certificate number on invoices for nonlabeled products indicates that the certifier's guidelines for product accounting have been followed. A chain-of-custody certification is not required by distributors of a product that is individually labeled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo and manufacturer's chain-of-custody number. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification requirements are determined by Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Standard 40-004 v2-1."

Unfortunately, this definition contains an internal contradiction, because the 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. CoC standard in question does not exempt all distributors of labeled products from CoC requirements; it only exempts retailers who sell to end consumers at the end of the distribution chain. Wholesale distributors who supply other companies down the chain still need FSC. In short, this is an error, and if this addenda is still applicable and hasn't been superseded by something more recent, then it needs to be corrected.

The LEED v4 Reference Guide which is the most recent attempt I know of to establish the rules for crediting 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. in LEED projects does not perpetuate this error. On pg. 533, in the section on FSC Chain of Custody, it reads:

"CoC certification requirements are established by the FSC CoC Standard 40-004 v2.1... Every entity that processes or trades FSC-certified material before it is shipped to the project site must have FSC CoC certification. On-site installers of FSC-certified products must have CoC certification only if they modify the projects off the project site."

and then in the section on Documenting FSC Claims, it reads:

"Project teams must document FSC certification for all wood products that contribute to credit achievement. FSC-certified products qualify for credit only when purchased from a vendor with an FSC CoC certificate that is current at the time of sale. The vendor is defined as the company that sells products to the project contractors and subcontractors who do not modify the products off site."

From your description, the vendor in question is a project subcontractor who installed the doors and didn't alter them off site, so they do not need to have FSC CoC.

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LEEDme STRATEGIE SRL STRATEGIE SRL Aug 08 2014 Guest 163 Thumbs Up

I fully agree. A project subcontractor who installed the doors and didn't alter them off site do not need to have 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. CoC.

Giorgia - LEEDme

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Jon Clifford LEED-AP BD+C, GREENSQUARE Aug 08 2014 LEEDuser Member 2475 Thumbs Up

Yes…If the “vendor” referred to in the original question is the installing contractor, the chain of custody is not broken. Nevertheless, 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. invoices are required as proof that certified goods were purchased & delivered.

On its own, the manufacturer’s CoC Certificate is not enough. Sometimes, a manufacturer that has a CoC Certificate makes both FSC-Certified and non-certified products. If Certified products were purchased, the invoices for those items should have included the FSC claim and the manufacturer’s CoC number, identifying the end-user (building owner or contractor) as the buyer.

If the installing contractor ordered FSC-Certified doors, and the manufacturer has erred by omitting the required information, the manufacturer must reissue a corrected invoice.

On the other hand, if the contractor ordered doors, but neglected to stipulate FSC-Certified doors, the manufacturer probably furnished ordinary, uncertified doors and their invoice would be missing the FSC & CoC information. If this is what happened, there is no chain of custody, and the doors count against MRc7.

Without proper FSC invoices from the manufacturer, you have no proof to show LEED reviewers that your project actually purchased FSC doors.

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LEED Consultant Green Building and Alternative Energy Aug 16 2014 LEEDuser Member 2024 Thumbs Up

Hello, Thank you all for your responses, you helped me to understand much better the documentation for this credit.
I just have one last question, if the invoices issued by the manufacturer and the vendor don´t mention the 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. claim, can a letter be valid to justify the FSC claim? This letter can be issued by the manufacturer stating the FSC claim of the product and can be referenced to the project.

Regards!

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Jon Clifford LEED-AP BD+C, GREENSQUARE Aug 16 2014 LEEDuser Member 2475 Thumbs Up

If the vendor invoices do not itemize 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. products, MRc7 requires a letter from the vendor to fill in the gaps. The letter & invoice must comply with the “Exception” described at the very end of the “Chain-of-Custody Requirements” section of the LEED-2009 BC+C Reference Guide:

“Exceptions: In some rare instances, it may not be practical for a vendor to invoice wood products on a line-item basis because the invoice would be dozens of pages long. In such cases, the invoice should indicate the aggregate value of wood products sold by the vendor. If the wood products are FSC certified, comply with the following requirements:
a. The vendor's COC number must be shown on the invoice.
b. The invoice must be supplemented by a letter from the vendor staring that the products invoiced are FSC certified.
c. The invoice or the letter must state whether the products are FSC Pure [FSC-100%], FSC Mixed Credit [FSC-Mix Credit], or FSC Mixed (NN)% [FSC-Mix-NN%].”

Therefore, even if you get a letter from the manufacture, they may also need to resubmit a revised invoice that reports their COC number (Item a, above)

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Esther Kohout Kohout Woodwork, Inc
Jul 30 2014
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MR4 -vs- MR7 credits

I have been told on a number of occasions, that the MR7c only applies to new wood. That if you purchase particle board that is 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. mixed, and you fabricate a cabinet with such particle board, the only credit that can be achieved is the MR4 c because the board is made up of 100% recycled material and the MR7 credit is for new wood. If such cabinet were faced with a veneer that is FSC certified, only the veneer portion would be eligible for the MR7c. Would appreciate some clarification.
Thank You

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