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?

    GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 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..

    Pilot Alternative Compliance Path Available

    The following pilot alternative compliance paths is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

    MRpc102 - Legal Wood

    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 GCA General Contractor (GC) manages, coordinates, and oversees building construction; may perform some construction tasks; and is responsible for hiring and managing subcontractors. 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 VOCA volatile organic compound (VOC) is a carbon compound that vaporizes (becomes a gas) at normal room temperatures. VOCs contribute to air pollution directly and through atmospheric photochemical reactions (excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides and carbonates, and ammonium carbonate) to produce secondary air pollutants, principally ozone and peroxyacetyl nitrate. 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 GCA General Contractor (GC) manages, coordinates, and oversees building construction; may perform some construction tasks; and is responsible for hiring and managing subcontractors. 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

Sample LEED Online forms for all rating systems and versions are available on the USGBC website.

Construction Submittal

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

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Shawn Keith PE GlenMar Construction
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certified wood credit

Project Location: United States

My project specs have put casework into division 12. Do I have to include these in my calcs for MR C 7?

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Esther Kohout Kohout Woodwork, Inc Oct 18 2016 LEEDuser Member 158 Thumbs Up

That depends. Does the Div. 12 spec state that 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. materials be used? Is there a separate LEED Spec. If you don't have to, don't, because typical casework is mostly made up of recycled materials, and not much new wood, so the material used in the casework would most likely go towards the MRc4 for recycled content. However I have seen Spec that require FSC material even though the entire finished product is made wholly of recycled material, and can't contribute to the MRc7. You may need to contact the person who wrote the Spec and determine what credits they are trying to achieve and what other areas of the project may already cover the MRc7. Like flooring, wall panels even framing, any area that new wood would be used.
good luck!

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Claudia Brown Project Manager, Brochsteins Oct 18 2016 Guest 34 Thumbs Up

Please note that you can purchase a lot of recycled material products (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., particleboard) 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. Mixed % and count them towards the MR 7 credit. They cannot count towards both MR4 and MR7 at the same time, however.

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Vibha Pai Student University of Cincinnati
Jun 19 2016
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Master's Research Survey

Project Location: United States

I am conducting this survey in affiliation with University of Cincinnati in support of my hypothesis for my Master's thesis. It would just take 10-15 minutes of your time. By completing this survey you would help me in giving my research the required depth in understanding the achievability of the credit points in the Material and Resource category of LEED v2009 and v2013. I will send in the end results of this survey to you, which could potentially make your decision process easier on any future LEED registered projects you intend to work on.

The following is the link to my survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XR3ZVZN
Thank you in advance for taking the time!

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ABDUL MUTHALIB MOHAMED INNOWELL ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD
Apr 29 2016
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Bamboo Flooring to be considered in certified wood calculations

Project Location: Bangladesh

We have suggested bamboo flooring in a project for 2000 SFT. Should we include bamboo flooring in 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. calculations? Please clarify.

Thanks in Advance.

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Esther Kohout Kohout Woodwork, Inc
Apr 15 2016
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LEED user Assembly Calculator for Certified Wood

Project Location: United States

Still confused 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. 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 we as FSC Certified woodworkers, create an assembly with FSC materials, and non FSC materials, that assembly cannot be claimed as an FSC certified. Yet the sample calculator shows that some of the assembly having non FSC veneer can count, which I believe to be incorrect. Any finished assembly claiming to be FSC certified has to ensure that all wood used, (including paper in the laminate or veneer) must be FSC certified, or that product cannot be label or sold as FSC certified. Now if a contractor wants to include this finished assembly for obtaining MRc7, technically they can only count the new wood portion of the finished assembly, so do we as woodworkers have to then, breakout the portions of wood that are new, as in plywood or any solid lumber, any portion of recycled wood, then any other non wood parts, and somehow calculate the weight of each portion, then come up with a cost to be applied to either MRc4 or MRc7? Not to mention if there is recycled content in any other portion of the assembly, aluminum, steel, etc... I have been told that we are to purchase and use all FSC Certified materials and invoice it as an FSC Certified product. so can any project actually use such an assembly to count towards the MRc7?

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Ronnie OLeary Sales Manager LEED AP BD&C DIXIE PLYWOOD & LUMBER, INC
Apr 11 2016
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SFI now allowed??

I have a customer that sent me this note that was taken off of random lengths.

The U.S. Green Building Council announced a new Alternative Compliance Pathway credit for recognition of responsible, legal sourcing of wood. Wood certified under programs identified through ASTMVoluntary standards development organization which creates source technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services D7612-10 (including SFI, ATFS, CSA, and PEFC) will be compliant for credit in both LEED v4 and the older LEED 2009. Many believe that this is an important step forward in increasing the use of softwood lumber products in sustainable and economically viable non-residential construction.

I can't find it on the usgbc website. Can anyone confirm this?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Apr 11 2016 LEEDuser Moderator

Ronnie, that is accurate. There is more information under the credit language tab above, on the Legal Wood pilot credit here on LEEDuser, and on this analysis posted at our sister site, BuildingGreen.com.

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Rick Wald Certified Wood Products, Inc. Apr 11 2016 Guest 45 Thumbs Up

The USGBC did announce a new pilot credit... Using legal wood in LEED should be a prerequisite, not an option.

http://us.fsc.org/newsletter-online.362.470.1025.htm

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Ronnie OLeary Sales Manager LEED AP BD&C, DIXIE PLYWOOD & LUMBER, INC Apr 11 2016 LEEDuser Member 96 Thumbs Up

Thanks Tristan,

I'm stunned and not at all sure how this is going to work out! But Thanks for the help!

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Michelle Reott LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™ Apr 11 2016 LEEDuser Expert 12138 Thumbs Up

Ronnie - See also this press release on the USGBC website - http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-leed-pilot-acp-designe... and MRpc102 listed in this article - http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-addenda-update-april-2016.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Apr 11 2016 Guest 1912 Thumbs Up

I think it's important for everyone to bear in mind that USGBC is currently indicating that, while it credits SFI etc., the intention of this ACP is to pilot the feasibility of a new prerequisite for legal wood. From the USGBC press release:

"The pilot ACP builds on the robust infrastructure that has been built around responsible wood sourcing and chain of custody to test an approach to prerequisite requirements, which could serve as a model for other building materials."

Quote by Sara Cederberg from the BuildingGreen article:

The ACP “is not intended to replace rewarding leadership practices in sourcing. It is a minimum set of requirements for legality...I think our aim here is to really shift the conversation to talk about legal wood as the main issue. The focus on legality and traceability really draw attention to this topic."

In other words, if USGBC follows through on these statements, then when the pilot is finished SFI etc. will NOT be credited in LEED - the crowing of SFI and its allies notwithstanding. Rather, SFI/PEFC/CSA/ATFS will likely be accepted as sufficient proof of legality for LEED purposes, along with - presumably - other widely accepted risk mitigation tools such as third-party legality verification and FLEGT licenses.

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Glen Phillips Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc. Apr 15 2016 LEEDuser Expert 1306 Thumbs Up

While I appreciate that USGBC is saying that this pilot is intended only to explore the possibility of including a prerequisite for legal wood (which is great, since it does seem to be a real problem), these statements do not align with how the pilot credit is written. The ACP does perfectly align with what SFI and others are saying about this.

If the goal is only to assess the viability of a legal wood prerequisite, I can't understand why this wasn't launched as a pilot innovation credit, instead of one that directly replaces MR Credit: 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.?

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Brendan Owens, LEED Fellow Chief of Engineering, USGBC Apr 19 2016 LEEDuser Expert 1087 Thumbs Up

morning all - glen raised a question as to why we're pilot testing this prerequisite idea as an acp rather than as a stand alone pilot. the short answer is percentages. to expand on that a bit:

prerequisites need robust and diverse testing. we're currently living the challenges associated with unintended consequences of new prerequisites in v4 (especially internationally) and it's a big challenge.

the best way to understand the pros and cons of a prerequisite idea is to get as many projects to engage and provide feedback as we can - here's where percentages come in.

at the top right of this screen you'll see historic credit achievement for this credit - 32% (the numbers we pulled just recently are a bit lower than that but in the ballpark). for id&c projects it's roughly half that already pretty low achievement rate. contrast that with activity in the pilot credit library where less than 20% of the ideas account for more than 40% of all pilot credit activity. in the assessment we made during development we contrasted relatively low credit achievement rates in the base rating system with the highly competitive pilot landscape and concluded that the best way to get significant numbers of projects engaged was to position this as an acp.

hopefully that makes sense.

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Ward Miller Chief Environmental Officer, Alpenglow Advisory Apr 20 2016 LEEDuser Member 823 Thumbs Up

By that logic, wouldn't leaving it to the project team to determine whether it be an ACP or an ID&C credit promote the highest adoption rate and increase the diversity of its testing environment? What would be the problem with awarding a team one point for securing >50% of the new 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. and awarding a second point for ensuring the remaining <50% is legal?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Apr 20 2016 Guest 1912 Thumbs Up

I think Ward's point is very well taken.

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Glen Phillips Director of Sustainable Education, GreenCE, Inc. May 24 2016 LEEDuser Expert 1306 Thumbs Up

Thanks for the clarification Brendan, makes sense.

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Bomin Kim Architect / Sustainability Coordinator Sasaki Associates
Apr 06 2016
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FSC - outside building envelope

We're shooting for 95% 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 in our project and were wondering if permanently installed wood items outside the envelope are included in this number. Thank you

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Renee Shirey Apr 06 2016 LEEDuser Member 3974 Thumbs Up

If it is within the LEED project border, then yes it would be included. I'm not sure what you are planning, but keep in mind that if the installer is doing more than just installing it (with minor tweaking required for installation) and is actually building/manufacturing something on site, they also 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. certification for working with FSC wood - you need to ensure the FSC chain of command is intact.

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Joann Lee Heitman Architects Inc.
Feb 08 2016
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cabinet millwork

Project Location: United States

We are installing plastic laminate millwork with particle board core which is not 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. Does the cabinet costs need to be counted towards the total wood used in the project?

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Renee Shirey Apr 06 2016 LEEDuser Member 3974 Thumbs Up

If the particle board core is new/virgin wood (in lieu of recycled wood) then yes the cost of the particle board counts towards the total new wood used on the project. Of the particle board is recycled, then no - but you get to count it towards recycling content.

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Daniel Hartsig Sustainability Analyst Transwestern
Dec 10 2015
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Where is the line again?

Project Location: United States

There are specific inclusions for bamboo and cork (neither are wood) in MRc7, but it is still unclear where to draw the line between solid, wood chip and wood fiber products that still look like wood and those made from wood derivatives such as cellulose, polymers and distillations (papers, adhesives, composites, rayon, linoleum). No LEED project that I know of has ever included in MRc7 the paper backing on their gypsum board, insulation or building wrap, let alone thought about including the portion of linoleum or rubber products that is made from new wood derivatives. 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. certifies products in all of these categories (plus rubber, latex and other products made from saps, barks and leaves) but the USGBC/GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). does not look at wood derivative products beyond a (undefined) point. I’d like that point defined. Poking the giant could make this credit significantly more difficult on future projects, but I also don’t want to be blindsided.

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Megan White Sr. Sustainability Consultant , Integral Group Dec 30 2015 LEEDuser Expert 103 Thumbs Up

Hi Daniel,
I see your point and understand where you are coming from. Unfortunately under the current version of LEED 2009, MRc7 is only looking at solid and wood chip products in order to obtain this credit. Wood derivatives are not include in the calculation. Products like natural latex, bamboo, and cork are covered in MRc6 - Rapidly RenewableTerm describing a natural material that is grown and harvested on a relatively short-rotation cycle (defined by the LEED rating system to be ten years or less). materials. But I would welcome you to explore the new LEED v4 material credits and all the ways that materials are assessed from a more holistic standpoint.

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Michelle Reott LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal, Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™ Dec 30 2015 LEEDuser Expert 12138 Thumbs Up

Daniel and Megan - Bamboo can be included in MRc7 per this 2009 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 #2535 - http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations?keys=2535. "...In addition, bamboo is often used in many of the same applications as wood products, and is considered by 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. to be a forest product despite its technical classification as a grass. Therefore, bamboo may be included in the calculations for both MRc6 and MRc7. If bamboo is added to the MRc7 calculations, all bamboo on the project (FSC or otherwise) must be accounted for in the value for all new wood-based components for the project."

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Somsak Jidmon Senior Architect and LEED Consultant GA Studio Co.,LTD.
Dec 08 2015
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Problem with FSC and COC shipped from other country.

Project Location: Thailand

We have the LEED NC 2009 project that under construction and we attempt to get the credit of 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.. We had looked and found the product 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. label from China that we could use. If we ship the FSC product from China to Thailand under the FSC COC certified company in China, Is it possible for us to get the point for this credit?

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Lori Knosalla Policy and Standards Manager - Chain of Custody, Forest Stewardship Council US Dec 09 2015 LEEDuser Expert 126 Thumbs Up

It is not a problem to source products from outside the US, but you do need to make sure you are looking and asking for the right information. 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. label on a product on its own will not suffice for your documentation needs for the LEED project. First, I recommend you check the FSC Certificate Database to verify the company carries a valid FSC certificate. The company should also be able to provide you with an FSC Certificate Code that you can check on the database as well. The database is found at the following link: http://info.fsc.org/certificate.php.

Next, to document for the credit, the FSC certified materials purchased from the certified supplier will need to come with FSC claims on the invoices for the products. These invoices with the FSC claims are required for the documentation purposes of the credit, and each invoice needs to have the following:
• Each wood product must be identified by line item
• FSC-certified products must be identified as such with their corresponding FSC claim
• The dollar value of each line item must be shown
• The company’s FSC certificate code must be shown on any invoice that includes FSC-certified products

FSC claims that contribute to MRc7 include FSC 100%, FSC Mix Credit, & FSC Mix NN%. Wood products that are identified on invoices as FSC 100% and FSC Mix Credit are valued at 100 percent of cost. Wood products identified as FSC Mix NN% are valued at the indicated percentage of their cost (e.g. a product identified as FSC Mix 75% is valued at 75 percent of the total cost).

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Somsak Jidmon Senior Architect and LEED Consultant, GA Studio Co.,LTD. Dec 10 2015 LEEDuser Member 149 Thumbs Up

Thank you, Lori for your clarification and information. Our project located in Thailand and need to import 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. (Bamboo Flooring) from China Supplier. Based on your respond, we could get the point from this credit even the supplier located in China as long as they had FSC and Chain of Custody of FHC product, right?

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Lori Knosalla Policy and Standards Manager - Chain of Custody, Forest Stewardship Council US Dec 10 2015 LEEDuser Expert 126 Thumbs Up

If the supplier 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. Chain of Custody certified and sells the flooring to you with the FSC claim on the sales document, than yes, this product can contribute to your achievement of MRc7. However, I cannot confirm that you will receive the MRc7 credit as you need to make sure that at least 50% of the wood materials are FSC certified. This means you need to take into account all the wood materials you used on the project.

Also you should note that the bamboo flooring can contribute to the MRc6 Rapidly RenewableTerm describing a natural material that is grown and harvested on a relatively short-rotation cycle (defined by the LEED rating system to be ten years or less). Materials as well as MRc7. There is a 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#2535) that provides this clarification at the following link: http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359?view=interpretations.

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Lilian Seow Principal, LSDesignworks @ Vancouver, BC Canada Dec 10 2015 Guest 1161 Thumbs Up

Additionally, if millwork company is fabricating [modifying the original packaging] the final product with 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. materials at their shop [off-site], then the millwork company must be have FSC-CoC. See USGB:
ID#100000097- http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations?clearsmartf=true&keys=100000097
and:
ID#10296 - http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations?keys=10296

How do I add a hyperlink - not seeing any feature here.

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Somsak Jidmon Senior Architect and LEED Consultant, GA Studio Co.,LTD. Dec 13 2015 LEEDuser Member 149 Thumbs Up

Thank you, Lori. Your answer help us on the matter.

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Somsak Jidmon Senior Architect and LEED Consultant, GA Studio Co.,LTD. Dec 15 2015 LEEDuser Member 149 Thumbs Up

Thank you S L for your comment

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Hieu Huynh Environmental Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
Oct 28 2015
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FSC Mix cabinet with Recycled content

Project Location: Vietnam

Hi, one kitchen supplier showed me their CoC certificate that says the status of 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. Mix and they also confirmed their cabinet products have 25% recycled content. Im quite confused how to count the cost here for this credit. So we count 100% cost value for this credit or just count 75% for this credit and count another 25% for MR credit 4 - recycled content.

I highly appreciate your advice and any response.

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Susan Walter Specifications Director, Populous Oct 28 2015 LEEDuser Expert 21697 Thumbs Up

You take out the recycled content and then you look at the remaining 75% to see how much of 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.. If half of the remaining product is FSC, then you report 37.5%. Yes, take credit for the recycled credit in MRc4.

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Michelle Rosenberger Partner, ArchEcology, LLC Oct 28 2015 LEEDuser Member 8360 Thumbs Up

Hi Susan,
I am surprised by this response. I had always understood that MR7 and MR4 were mutually exclusive. When you have 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. Mix (no %) it was my understanding you can claim 100% FSC but then no MR4 at all, OR you could claim the recycled content but not FSC. I have been dinged by reviewers for double dipping in this kind of situation.

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Susan Walter Specifications Director, Populous Oct 28 2015 LEEDuser Expert 21697 Thumbs Up

I think I'm consistent with that. My understanding is that 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. is not recycled content so you take that out. If you had a product that was 33% FSC wood, 33% non FSC wood and 34% recycled content and it cost $100 dollars, then $33 into FSC, $33 into the non FSC column and then you report the $34 in recycled content. There is no double dipping of costs. My understanding is that you can choose on a product that has FSC content coming from a recycled source but once you choose, you stay consistent. The way I read the original post was that he could make the choice but still had non-recycled FSC content.

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Lori Knosalla Policy and Standards Manager - Chain of Custody, Forest Stewardship Council US Oct 29 2015 LEEDuser Expert 126 Thumbs Up

In the spring of 2014, LEED provided an interpretation (LI# 10372) on this issue, see the following link: http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359?view=interpretations.

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 products are identified as either FSC Mix Credit or FSC Mix XX%, and FSC Mix products may contain pre- and/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 materials. This 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. provides the clarity and an actual change in policy that now makes double-dipping for MRc4 and MRc7 not allowed. So a LEED project team does need to decide whether an FSC Mix product containing recycled materials will contribute to MRc7 or to MRc4.

You should also check to see what the full FSC claim is from your supplier as the full FSC Mix claim should either look like FSC Mix XX% or FSC Mix Credit. FSC Mix Credit products are valued at 100 percent of the cost. Wood products identified as FSC Mix XX% are valued at the indicated percentage of their cost, so a product identified as FSC Mix 75% is valued at 75 percent of the total cost.

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cathy keagle
Jul 15 2015
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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 158 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 984 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 630 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 573 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 573 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 630 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, a LEED® Proven Provider™ May 21 2015 LEEDuser Expert 12138 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 984 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 Expert 126 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 98 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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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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Megan White Sr. Sustainability Consultant , Integral Group Dec 30 2015 LEEDuser Expert 103 Thumbs Up

Hi Andy,
Technically this wood would not comply since the COC chain was broken. "All entities that possess 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. 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." However I would recommend that you still submit all of your documentation that you do have, and there is potential that the reviewer may let it slide. But no guarantees!

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

Mike, I don't have experience with this. I think you would have to go to the manufacturer and ask for help. Maybe they could quote you a couple of different window options, one without aluminum, so you could narrow it down to the wood value.

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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 Guest 1912 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 General Woodworking, Inc.
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 Guest 1912 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 Guest 34 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 111 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, a LEED® Proven Provider™ Apr 13 2015 LEEDuser Expert 12138 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 Senior Sustainability Consultant 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 Guest 1912 Thumbs Up

You got it

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Lilian Seow Principal LSDesignworks @ 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 13 Thumbs Up

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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Lilian Seow Principal LSDesignworks @ Vancouver, BC Canada
Mar 05 2015
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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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