NC-2009 MRc7: Certified Wood

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

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

    Projects with more wood might encounter a larger upfront cost, but have the potential to demonstrate their environmental values of sustainable forestry management. Projects can also go above the 50% threshold and earn an ID point for 95% FSC certified woodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System.. For example, a commercial interior fit-out for an investment bank involved large amounts of wood veneers and millwork. The project purchased 97% FSC-certified wood, earning an additional exemplary performanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. point under IDc1.

    No minimum amount of wood

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

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

    More wood = more challenging

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

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

    Not all FSC-certified products are equal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Why FSC?

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

    The "wood wars"

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

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

    Rapidly renewable materials

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

    FAQs for MRc7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Some FSC Mix products combine recycled and "new" content, in which case project teams must decide how to classify the product. This is addressed in LEED Interpretation #10372, which states, "Products identified as FSC Mix Credit or FSC Mix [NN] % also have pre- or post-consumerWaste generated by end users (households or commercial, industrial and institutional facilities) of a product no longer able to be used for its intended purpose that is recycled into raw material for a new product. recycled content, the latter of which is commonly reported separately by the product manufacturer. In these instances the project team must choose whether to classify the product (or some fraction of the assembly) as FSC certified or as recycled content; the material cannot contribute to both claims simultaneously."

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

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

    No, but it is common to find FSC composite woodComposite wood consists of wood or plant particles or fibers bonded by a synthetic resin or binder. Examples include particleboard, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, oriented-strand board (OSB), wheatboard, and strawboard. products that meet IEQc4.4 requirements.

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

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

    Does FSC-certified bamboo products count towards this credit?

    Yes. Bamboo is considered a forest product by FSC even though it’s technically a grass, and it’s often as a forest product in materials like plywood, veneer, and flooring. 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.

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  • Best Practices
  • Gotcha
  • Action Steps
  • Cost Tip

Schematic Design

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


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


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


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

     

Design Development

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

  • Assemblies


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


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


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


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


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


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

Construction Documents

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Construction

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  • Preparation Before Construction Begins


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


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


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

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

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


  • During Construction


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Operations & Maintenance

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


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

  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations

    MR Credit 7: Certified wood

    1 Point

    Intent

    To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

    Requirements

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

    Include only materials permanently installed in the project. Wood products purchased for temporary use on the project (e.g., formwork, bracing, scaffolding, sidewalk protection, and guard rails) may be included in the calculation at the project team’s discretion. If any such materials are included, all such materials must be included in the calculation. If such materials are purchased for use on multiple projects, the applicant may include these materials for only one project, at its discretion. Furniture may be included if it is included consistently in MR Credits 3. Materials Reuse, through MR Credit 7: Certified WoodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System..

    Potential Technologies & Strategies

    Establish a project goal for FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts.-certified woodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System. products and identify suppliers that can achieve this goal. During construction, ensure that the FSC-certified wood products are installed and quantify the total percentage of FSC- certified wood products installed.

Organizations

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

This is a memo from the USGBC clarifying how to address the FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. calculation and detailing what documentation needs to be provided.


Forest Stewardship Council, United States

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


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

Support on incorporating LEED requirements into specifications. 


FSC Facts and Figures

This slide deck shows the global FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. certified forest area by region. In North America, FSC forests account for 40.74% of certified forests.

Assembly Calculator

If your project has furniture or assemblies such as built-in bookshelves that mix certified woodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System. with steel or other materials that are not certified wood, you'll need to calculate the portion of the certified-wood portion of the assembly. This calculator can help.

Chain-of-Custody Certificate

Manufacturers should provide their FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. Chain of Custody (CoC) certification number on invoices. They may also provide their CoC certificate, like the sample shown here.

Product Cut Sheets

Look to product cut sheets like the sample shown here for information on how a wood product can contribute to credit for certified woodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System.. Note the annotated LEEDuser tips on the attached PDF document.

Materials Calculator

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

Environmental Materials Reporting Form

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

Letter to Contractor for MR and IEQ Credits

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

Low-Emitting Materials Reporting Form

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

LEED Online Forms: NC-2009 MR

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

Version 4 forms (newest):

Version 3 forms:

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

Construction Submittal

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

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Nouran Abdel-Rahman
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FSC certified wood for furniture manufacturing

The furniture subcontractor bought 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. for manufacturing the furniture form a COC certified vendor. If the vendor supplied declaration letter stating that the wood provided to furniture subcontractor is FSC certified this will be sufficient, or the furniture subcontractor must be COC certified. Please let me know if the wood used for furniture can be counted to MR credit 7.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Apr 09 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

The furniture subcontractor also needs to have FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. CoC.

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Nouran Abdel-Rahman Apr 10 2014 Guest

Thank you

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser BuildingGreen, Inc.
Apr 07 2014
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LEED Interpretation 10372

I don't think the policy it gives is anything new—a lot of us have worked to choose to report wood content as either recycled or FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts., but not both—but FYI, 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. 10372 was released on 4/3/14 and states how these claims should be handled. It is now quoted in our FAQs above.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Apr 07 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

I'm going to disagree with you on this one, Tristan. This is an important change to the previous LEED policy that caused no end of confusion, ample evidence of which can be found elsewhere in this forum.

The previous policy said that "new" wood could not apply to MRc7. This had the effect of forcing various actors in the supply change to figure out what percentage of a product labeled 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 % or FSC Mix Credit was recycled content and to "back this out" of the MRc7 calculation. For a simple product like a sheet of 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., this wasn't such a big deal, since as you point out most manufacturers disclose recycled content separately. But where it can get quite complicated and confusing is where the MDF is one component in a complex value-added product like furniture or architectural millwork.

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. aligns LEED v4 requirements for 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. with LEED 2009. Now, 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." No more parsing, weighing, measuring and dividing is required. It's one or the other, period.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Apr 07 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

Jason, thanks for clarifying the meaning of this! I am editing our FAQ above to reflect what you're saying, which makes more sense.

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Al Shadid
Mar 18 2014
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MR7 AND IEQ 4.4

Can We have wooden doors that qualify for both IEQ 4.4 and MR 7?

Can you 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. wooden doors that contain no added urea formaldehydeUrea formaldehyde is a combination of urea and formaldehyde used in some glues and adhesives, particularly in composite wood products. At room temperature, ureaformaldehyde emits formaldehyde, a toxic and possibly carcinogenic gas.?

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Michele Helou Principal, Sage Design & Consulting Mar 18 2014 LEEDuser Member 659 Thumbs Up

yes, Marshfield, Algoma, VT Industries all 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. doors that are NAUF - just be careful to specify correctly and review the submittals. The % wood and % FSC depends on the door type - particle board, staved core, etc,
Sometimes it can be challenging to find a NAUF fired rated wood door above 60 minutes - because the alternate adhesives are not as fire resistance.

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Michele Helou Principal Sage Design & Consulting
Mar 13 2014
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FSC High Pressure Laminates

I see that Wilsonart is advertising 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 high pressure laminates. I realize paper is not wood, but bamboo is not wood either. Does anyone know if other non-wood FSC products such as high pressure decorative laminates or paper based solid surface products can count towards MRc7?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Mar 13 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

To my knowledge, all of these wood fiber-based products -- the kraft paper in high-pressure laminates and other similar products used in building materials, and also, of course, composites 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. and PB -- contribute to MRc7 if they are 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..

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Michele Helou Principal, Sage Design & Consulting Mar 18 2014 LEEDuser Member 659 Thumbs Up

thanks Jason - I never realized this - I will start looking at paper composite products and laminates to help with our 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. credit - we are sometimes just shy of 50%.

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Andrea Anderson Architectural Designer
Feb 26 2014
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Non-FSC Certifications?

We have had a wood submittal that has a several green certifications including NGBS Green Certification, SCS EPPEnvironmentall preferable products (EPP) are those identified as having a lesser or reduced effect on health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose. Certification, and UL Greenguard Gold Certifications. Do any of these count towards any LEED credits? Can the SCS Environmentally Preferable Treated Wood Process (based on Life-Cycle Assessment1. Life-cycle assessment is an analysis of the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product, process, or service. 2. The practice of quantifying and characterizing all the resource and pollution flows associated with a process or product, for the purpose of documenting its environmental impact. It is defined by the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) as "a compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life-cycle.") count towards this credit since SCS is the also the one who has 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. certification? It sounds as if this certification goes above and beyond the FSC Certification.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Feb 26 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

I can't speak definitively to what other credits these certifications might count toward, although I believe that Greenguard counts toward one of the IAQIndoor air quality: The quality and attributes of indoor air affecting the health and comfort building occupants. IAQ encompasses available fresh air, contaminant levels, acoustics and noise levels, lighting quality, and other factors. credits in LEEDv4.

SCS's Environmentally Preferable Treated Wood Process definitely does not count toward MRc7, although if this is an ISO-compliant EPD, then it could qualify for the relevant credit under LEEDv4 that rewards products that carry the same.

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Farah A.
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FSC Certified Wood

I have another ques. regarding 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.-

Which of the following FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. products can count towards the Certified Wood criteria ? (Choose 2)
Guard rails
Window frame
Building tenant printing paper
Basboard
Scaffolding

I assume the answer to be scaffolding and guard rails, since wood products purchased for temporary use may be included in the calculation. Am I correct in assuming so? The answers I was given were basboard and window frame, but I think this is incorrect.

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Valerie Molinski Director of Sustainability, Vocon Feb 17 2014 LEEDuser Member 917 Thumbs Up

I re-read the question, and I guess the best answer would be the window frame and baseboard, which is why I would have leaned towards it.

I've never included the temp stuff in my calcs, always going with the 'permanently installed' mantra.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Feb 17 2014 LEEDuser Member 1423 Thumbs Up

"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 your 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." Page 393 of the Reference Guide

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Farah A. Feb 17 2014 Guest 75 Thumbs Up

Herein lies my confusion. The reference guide clearly states that "temporary use" as Kathryn has also pointed out above, also qualify for this credit.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Feb 17 2014 LEEDuser Member 1423 Thumbs Up

Farah, I notice you're posting a ton of quiz-type questions across the forum. Maybe the person who wrote the quiz questions missed some information? You might want to switch to a different quiz provider since these puzzlers are truly puzzlers since the answers the provide don't appear to be correct!

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Farah A. Feb 17 2014 Guest 75 Thumbs Up

I agree- I am clearly finding mistakes! Thank you.

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Valerie Molinski Director of Sustainability, Vocon Feb 17 2014 LEEDuser Member 917 Thumbs Up

Agree with kathryn. The last one you posted did not sound quite right either.

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Farah A.
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COC requirements

Which of the following pieces of documentation are required to demonstrate compliance with 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.? (Choose 3)

-Chain of Custody number for each Certified Wood product
-Environmental Policy of final 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. retailer
-Cost of all new wood products used on site
-Date of purchase for all Certified Wood products
-Type of FSC Certified Wood
-Cost of all recycled wood products used on site

I am torn between date of purchase and type of FSC certified wood- are either of these required?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Feb 17 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

The necessary documentation is detailed in the LEED reference guides.
You need "vendor" (end of value chain prior to the job site) invoices with valid CoC codes for each company (not each product). 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 should be identified as such by an "FSC claim" (e.g. FSC 100%, FSC Mix Credit) and in some cases the claim will change the credit calculation.

You need to know the total cost of the wood products used in order to know if at least half of the value is FSC.

Everything else in your list -- the environmental policy for the retailer, the date of purchase, and the cost of recycled wood -- isn't necessary.

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Farah A. Feb 17 2014 Guest 75 Thumbs Up

Thanks, Jason! Very helpful!

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Farah A. Feb 17 2014 Guest 75 Thumbs Up

Jason- one further clarification- the cost of all new wood and the cost of all new 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 would be needed, correct?

Thanks!

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Feb 17 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Yes

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Kenny Midgett
Feb 13 2014
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FSC

If you are using 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. Plywood, do you have to use FSC laminate to get full credit for the material?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Feb 13 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Under 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 rules, all of the wood and wood fiber inputs into a product need to be "eligible inputs" (FSC-certified material, Controlled Wood, post- or pre-consumer recycled material) in order for the end product to bear an FSC claim (e.g. FSC Mix X% or FSC Mix Credit) or an FSC label. So if you are a manufacturer and you are pressing non-certified laminate on an FSC-certified plywood core, then the end product will not be FSC-certified -- the non-certified fiber in the laminate renders it ineligible.

BUT if you are an architectural woodworker, and you are yourself laying the non-certified laminate onto the FSC plywood as part of an architectural millwork/casework package for a LEED project, then according to 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. issued on Oct. 1st, you are eligible for an "alternative compliance pathway" whereby you can count the value of the FSC-certified materials only toward achieving MRc7.

See:

https://us.fsc.org/newsroom.239.808.htm

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http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359?view=interpretations

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Tiffany Moore LEED Documentation Consultant, Built Kansas City LLC Feb 13 2014 LEEDuser Member 617 Thumbs Up

This is the interpretation I posted about in the thread immediately below this one. The documention of the custom woodwork for my project is almost finished; I'll post some feedback when it comes back from review.

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Tiffany Moore LEED Documentation Consultant Built Kansas City LLC
Jan 06 2014
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Does anyone have experience with LI 10296?

I just got review comments back that refer to this LI. My documentation was completed prior to the LI, but the project wasn't submitted until after the LI was written.

I know addenda are applied based on the registration date of the project, but I believe LIs apply regardless of their date, right?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Jan 06 2014 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

I don't know how this works, but I too would like to know the answer, so I hope that Doug, Tristan or somebody who does know will weigh in!

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Jan 07 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

Tiffany, you don't give the details of your situation, so I'll speak generally.

LEED Interpretations are applicable based on registration date, except when projects choose to apply them in cases where they are not required. However, LIs often offer a clarification of an ambiguous area of LEED, and if you were relying on a certain lower-case interpretation of an ambiguous area, and USGBC came out with an LI clarifying its interpretation, you would be bound by their LI, even if it's at a later date. The idea is that they are just clarifying the intent of the LEED language, not imposing a new requirement.

Again, this is a general perspective that may or may not apply fully to your situation, so please feel free to share more.

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Caroline Hedin
Dec 01 2013
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Clarification - CI Materials Calculator or BDC Mat & Resources

When in leedonline, I am directed to download the CI Materials Calculator with a LEEDUser logo (which doesn't make sense) but I have also run across elsewhere BDC Materials & Resource Calculator which has a USGBC logo on it. This second form seems the appropriate form to upload with the credits but now I'm confused as to which I should be filling out and uploading with the credits. Duplicating this information is going to be really annoying, it's an incredible amount of data entry. We are certifying under NC-Retail. Can someone clarify which I should be filling out?

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William Weaver Partner, Ecotekt, PLLC Dec 01 2013 LEEDuser Member 1143 Thumbs Up

Go to the Credit Information tab for any of the MR credits 3-7. On the right hand side, look for a link for Credit Resources. That should take you to a page where you can download the correct materials calculator.

While you probably won't incur any problems using the LEEDUser calculator, I find it to be a good rule of thumb to use the resources provided directly in LEEDOnline if they are provided. It helps prevent any confusion, and ensure that you're using the correct calculations.

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Caroline Hedin Dec 01 2013 Guest 885 Thumbs Up

Unfortunately they're both there depending which credit you look at. I made sure to look after writing that post. The LEEDUser document is significantly more detailed but I supposed to be safe I'll use the document with the USGBC logo. Thank you for your response.

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Caroline Hedin
Nov 25 2013
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Documentation

I just looked through the comments/questions for a few pages and didn't see this question. Forgive me if it's been asked and I missed it!
When documenting the wood, it appears like I must list ALL of the wood on the project in the Materials Calculator then fill out the percentages for each of the products to obtain the overall 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. %? I'm hoping not as there is so much wood in this project.

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M. Keeler duplicate account canceled Nov 25 2013 Guest 4 Thumbs Up

You must list all new, permanently installed wood in the project. Usually, that's millwork / cabinetry, doors, trim, etc.

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Caroline Hedin Nov 25 2013 Guest 885 Thumbs Up

I was afraid of that. Thank you for the quick response!

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Ronnie OLeary Sales Manager LEED AP BD&C DIXIE PLYWOOD & LUMBER, INC
Nov 15 2013
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FSC Registration

ADVICE-01-010
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. Online Claims Platform (OCP) Criteria

Has anybody seen this? It looks to me like it is just getting certificate holders registered, which seems pretty easy. But I was told that in the future all FSC invoices would need to be registered. That is going to be a nightmare for large users. Any thoughts?

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Judy Landwehr Product Compliance & Training Manager, Masonite Architectural DoorSystems Nov 15 2013 Guest 574 Thumbs Up

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. certificate holders in the supply chain will be required to participate in the FSC Online Claims Platform. The following link provides additional information regarding the platform. http://claims-forum.fsc.org/sample-page/online-claims-platform-developme...

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Mario Pinoli
Nov 07 2013
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Cork FSC certified?

Hi all,
I would like to suggest an acoustic insulation in cork, but I’d like to share my opinion if consider or not cork as wood, to determine if include this materials in credit MR7.
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. consider cork a non-timber forest products. According to this definition, my opinion is to exclude this product from credit MR7.
Do you think I can compare bamboo to cork, using 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 made on 04/22/2009, which allow to included or not in the calculations, at the project team discretion?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Nov 07 2013 LEEDuser Moderator

Mario, by default it would be excluded as not being a timber product. If you wanted to include it, I think you could make a case for it as being analagous to bamboo, but I haven't seen a definitive ruling one way or another.

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Yuan Yao
Nov 01 2013
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Bamboo product qualified for FSC cerfied wood?

Suppliers claim that bamboo product can help with getting point of MR 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., is it true?
Now we have problem in sourcing MR7 certified wood and IEQ Low Emitting Material- 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. and agrifiber product qualified doors. It seems very little 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. door suppliers in China are 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. Is there any navigator or website that can help us to find suitable product?
Thansk a lot for your help in advance!

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Nov 01 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Bamboo can 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 but it doesn't contribute to MRc7 because it it isn't wood (it contributes to MRc6 whether it is FSC-certified or not).

FSC has a website for finding FSC-certified products globally, but it's relatively new and it will probably take a while before it fulfills its potential:

http://www.marketplace.fsc.org

You might get more practical information by contacting FSC China or GFTN China

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Nov 01 2013 LEEDuser Moderator

I don't normally disagree with Jason, but see the FAQs above—FSC-certified bamboo has been accepted for this credit for quite some time.

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Yuan Yao Nov 03 2013 Guest 9 Thumbs Up

If bamboo contributes to MRc7, does it also contribute to IEQc4.4? Because they have bamboo particle/fiber boards as well.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Nov 03 2013 LEEDuser Moderator

Yes. Bamboo is more explicitly included in IEQc4.4 than it is in MRc7 due to the broader definition of fiber sources for that credit.

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Teresa Bell Allegheny Millwork
Oct 16 2013
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FSC products that include non-wood components

If a custom 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. desk is made for a project, the total value of the desk (including the non-wood items such as drawer and door hardware, plastic grommets, and a glass top) would be the invoiced price for delivery to the job site. Correct?
LIkewise, if a countertop unit consisting of an FSC subtop and solid surface top with integral sink is delivered to the job site, wouldn't the entire value of that unit as invoiced be included in the LEED reporting for the MRc7 credit?
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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Nov 01 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

From the LEED 2009 reference guide:

"In the case of manufactured products, such as windows and furniture systems that combine wood and nonfood materials, only the new wood portion can be applied toward the credit. To determine the value of the wood component(s), calculate the amount of new wood as a percentage of the total weight, volume, or cost, and the amount 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.-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. as a percentage of the total weight, volume, or cost. Multiply these figures by the total value of the product as invoiced to project contractors..."

From a practical standpoint, I'd imagine that you'd be likely to get a pass on small stuff like hardware and plastic grommets but your sink example definitely wouldn't fly if it were caught.

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Benj Herrera LEED AP BD+C
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wood with recycled content

If the wood purchased has 20%recycled content (which will go to MR Cr4 Recycled Content), will that mean that
80% non-recycled content of the value must be reported in the MR cr 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. ?

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Ward Miller Chief Environmental Officer, Alpenglow Advisory Oct 16 2013 LEEDuser Member 441 Thumbs Up

Just reading through earlier posts in LEEDUser tends to guide one to an either MRc4 OR MRc7 approach for the wood in question. It is a bit outdated in terms of rating system versions, but if you check 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#5468, MADE ON 06/03/2002, it appears to indicate that it depends if the recycled content is 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. or pre-consumer. If the later, its in the grey area heading toward black, but to clarify the issue for everyone that uses this website, you could try to apply 1/2 of the value of the 20% of the value of the wood in question under MRc4. Then I would value for the remaining 80% new wood for MRc7. In a worst case scenario the reviewer will tell you to choose. Or you could write a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide/LEED Interpretation since one does not appear to exist for this issue. Please let us know the result!

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Oct 16 2013 LEEDuser Member 1423 Thumbs Up

recycled wood does NOT count for MRc7.

As to your question about the 80% that is non-recycled.....See page 398 in the LEED Reference Guide. That seems to offer guidance on separating the new wood from the recycled wood for accounting purposes. MRc7 has to include all new wood.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Oct 16 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

I have heard that new rules are in the works for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009 which ought to clarify the ongoing confusion surrounding 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. vs recycled content. Stay tuned.

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Nov 01 2013 LEEDuser Member 1423 Thumbs Up

In those principles of LEED webinars they are adamant that recycled wood doesn't count. But I got a LEED review comment a while back that said recycled 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 could go to either MRc4 or MRc7. I just stick with the principles of LEED webinar that the recycled part cannot count toward MRc7.

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Giselle Walsh Manager, Training & Development
Aug 16 2013
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FSC Controlled?

I'm working with a manufacturer who has offered the wood in 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. Controlled or FSC Mixed. I can't find information on FSC Controlled on this page. Does that wood get full credit?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Aug 16 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Controlled wood does not count in LEED - it is non-certified woodWood from a source that has been determined, through a certification process, to meet stated ecological and other criteria. There are numerous forest certification programs in general use based on several standards, but only the Forest Stewardship Council's standards, which include requirements that the wood be tracked through its chain-of-custody, can be used to qualify wood for a point in the LEED Rating System. that has been controlled to a risk assessment process set up by 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 deemed eligible as an input to FSC Mix products - it is against FSC rules to promote it in the marketplace as an alternative to FSC-certified materials, so the vendor is in violation of the relevant FSC standard and should be sanctioned by their FSC auditor.

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Giselle Walsh Manager, Training & Development Aug 16 2013 LEEDuser Member 164 Thumbs Up

Thank you Jason for your very speedy and thorough reply. We will proceed accordingly.

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ADRIENN GELESZ LEED AP ABUD Engineering Ltd.
Aug 06 2013
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weight, volume, or cost?

Based on your experience, which is the most common approach for determining wood percentages in an assembly?
Which is the easiest for the vendors to calculate?

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Aug 06 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Cost is usually easiest

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Jennifer Kissinger Project Manager Paric Corporation
Jul 03 2013
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FSC Wood Delivery Limits for Chain of Custody

I have a tradesman telling me that he can only make four deliveries to the jobsite 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 materials in order to be compliant with chain of custody. Is this correct? Does USGBC restrict the amount of FSC deliveries? Sounds funny to me.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Jul 03 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

That's BS - neither LEED nor 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 place restrictions on the number of deliveries of FSC-certified products to a job site

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Sonia M. Miranda Palacios RA / LEED AP BD+C / QCxP cota.CERO
Jun 28 2013
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Raised Floor Wood Components

Hi all, I´m working in a project that will have raised floors with a wood beam (instead of metal) as support. The wood will not 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. Do I have to include this wood component in the total wood calculations?

The other wood items that will be included are mainly doors, baseboards and some wall veneers.

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Sonia

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Jun 28 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Yes, you have to count the wood beam in the "non-certified" portion of your calculations because it is permanently installed.

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Sonia M. Miranda Palacios RA / LEED AP BD+C / QCxP, cota.CERO Jun 28 2013 Guest 257 Thumbs Up

Thanks Jason. I guess that will make the credit compliance a bit difficult since the amount of wood floor is huge compared to the rest of the wood items. Nevertheless I will make an initial estimate.

For the total wood costs for the project I will take the "wood" cost from the floor as a percentage of the total floor cost.

Thanks again!

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Sara Axon
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"If FSC product has recycled content it CAN NOT be include under

under MRc7, 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. only in MRc4".

We purchased FSC 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. that is mfg.'d with recycled content. Our customer was able to receive credit under MRc4 but now is unhappy he cannot meet the 50% FSC requirment under MRc7 because all items listed in MRc4 cannot be listed under MRc7. I'm not sure I understand this - any help? (thank you)

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Kathryn West LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, Energy Ace Jun 25 2013 LEEDuser Member 1423 Thumbs Up

because MRc7 applies to all NEW wood, and "recycled" is considered "not new." :( This is covered in the principles of LEED webinar series. If it's part recycled and part pure/mixed you might be able to count it but if it's just FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. Recycled it can't count toward MRc7.

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting Jun 25 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Kathryn's right - as has been extensively hashed over elsewhere in this forum, FSCIndependent, third-party verification that forest products are produced and sold based on a set of criteria for forest management and chain-of-custody controls developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international nonprofit organization. FSC criteria for certifying forests around the world address forest management, legal issues, indigenous rights, labor rights, multiple benefits, and environmental impacts. Recycled only counts toward MRc4, but some FSC Mix products have recycled content, and in this case the proper procedure is to EITHER apply that content to MRc4, or count the product as FSC certified and apply it to MRc7, but not both. Hopefully, the LEED v4 reference guide will clear up this perennial confusion, particularly as FSC certified and recycled products are now in the same credit and the risk of double-counting is more obvious than ever before. Hopefully, someone on USGBC staff is listening.

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Jamie Abernethy
Jun 24 2013
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Document ALL items?

If I take the default 45% of contract price for divisions 3-10 just in the concrete and steel my totals are 80% plus for recycled content and regional materials. Even if we used actual numbers for prices I would think we are much higher that that. Do I need to list every item out for these even though I am so much over the required total? My list is just getting very long.

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Omar Katanani
May 27 2013
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Purchasing Wood prior to Obtaining CoC Certificate

Hello,

Can we count 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 products if their supplier obtained the CoC certificate after selling them to the project contractor?

In other words, the Contractor purchased wood several months ago, and the supplier got the CoC certificate last week. The project will submit for LEED Construction Review next month.

Thanks!

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Jason Grant Principal, Jason Grant Consulting May 30 2013 LEEDuser Expert 1072 Thumbs Up

Technically, according to both 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 LEED rules, the answer is "no" - if the supplier didn't have FSC CoC at the time when they provided the materials to the project contractor, then they broke the chain of custody, and the wood can't be considered FSC-certified. Obviously, from the time that the supplier got their FSC CoC certificate forward, any sales of FSC-certified product do count toward MRc7.

The moral of this story is that LEED project teams, contractors on LEED projects and wood products suppliers need to understand MRc7 requirements early enough in the construction process so that vendors have time to get their FSC CoC.

It's too bad that FSC into LEED requires all this hoop-jumping (and added expense) when most other MR credits basically operate on the honor system (unverified manufacturer claims are sufficient to satisfy credit documentation requirements). The playing field is not level.

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Michelle Rosenberger Partner, ArchEcology, LLC May 30 2013 LEEDuser Member 3802 Thumbs Up

I agree with Jason. When we get to the point that we are advising our clients not to pursue a credit because of the difficulty of documenting it, something is wrong with our intent based, do the right thing system.

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