Regional materials are those that are extracted, harvested, and manufactured within a certain distance of your project site.
How far, exactly? Historically LEED has used a 500-mile radius to define regional products, but that made it difficult or impossible for coastal or remote regions to pursue this credit. A July 2012 LEED addendum added a more flexible approach, and now MRc5 offers two options to LEED 2009 projects:
The Option 2 credit calculation is much more complicated, and finding the necessary information could be a lot of work. It will be a most effective option for projects that really need to earn the credit, and can ideally focus their calculations on a handful "big ticket" items—see below. However, projects can choose either option on a per-product basis, so they don't need to commit to just one or the other.
Begin researching products early—this will help ensure that there are sufficient regional materials available to specify. If you delay your research, you run the risk that non-regional materials may be specified and purchased before you find a regional alternative. Use the estimated project budget to keep tabs on your performance against the credit threshold.
Many projects fail to earn this credit because they wait until all the materials are purchased before doing the credit calculations.
The 500-mile radius is big enough to cover a lot of ground, but depending on your location, can be tough to work with. Seeing the radius on a map can help quickly assess the product areas where you might have better luck.
If there are enough materials available in your region, this credit can be very easy to achieve. Focusing on a few more expensive items that can be sourced regionally—like structural steel or concrete, for example—may represent enough value to earn the credit. If you combine these big-ticket items with the requirements of other MR credits, you can earn multiple points for a relatively small number of product selections. This strategy has the benefit of reducing the number of items you need to track and document.
Often, product manufacturers will get their materials from a wide variety of sources, making extraction location trickier to determine. It can also be challenging to understand how LEED determines the manufacturing locations for materials that are salvaged onsite or reused, those that contain recycled content, or are part of assemblies. Use the chart below to clarify how you should document the manufacturing and extraction location for these materials.
You can claim recycled content as a regional material, and you don't have to trace it back to its original extraction location. According to the LEED Reference Guide, the extraction point for recycled materials is the location of the raw material prior to the manufacturing of the final building product. That might be the recycling facility, scrapyard, depository, stockpile, or another location where the material was collected and packaged for market purchase before manufacturing. It is not necessary to track the raw material back to its original point of extraction.
For a product with multiple points of manufacture, the point of manufacture should be listed as the location farthest from the site.
Look for unique regional resources to help earn this credit, like this wood flooring salvaged from beetle-killed pine, which would help earn this credit in the Colorado region.Early on, research the availability of materials harvested or extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. Consider resources such as stone quarries, timber resources, agricultural resources, and manufacturing centers.
The 500-mile radius around a site (Denver shown here), is measured as the crow flies—not the distance that products may actually travel.The 500-mile requirement is measured as a radius around the site “as the crow flies.” In other words, the actual miles and path traveled by the product or material is not as relevant for the calculation.
Begin by creating a baseline materials budget. This is the total amount of money that will be spent on building materials. Use the Materials Calculator from the Documentation Toolkit to compile the baseline material list in a way that facilitates adding information on environmental attributes.
Your material budget assumptions and material costs should be consistent across MRc3, MRc4, MRc5, MRc6, and MRc7.
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.)
Adding Division 12 Furniture to your baseline materials budget for this credit is optional, but must be applied consistently across MRc3, MRc4, MRc5, MRc6, and MRc7. Analyze the baseline material 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—however, it may help with some while making others more difficult.
Choose one of two options in creating a baseline budget—the default budget, or the actual budget (excluding labor). The default budget method gives you a baseline materials budget as 45% of your total budget, while the actual budget gives you a baseline based on what you actually spend.
A default budget is useful if you don’t want to break out the cost of materials and labor separately. You can take the total cost (material plus labor) of all items in the applicable CSI divisions and assume that cost of materials is 45% and labor cost is 55%.
The default budget is less time-consuming because the contractor does not have to break out the material and labor costs of items that are not being tracked for LEED credits, allowing the project to focus on tracking only the materials that contribute to LEED credits. You can take the total cost (material plus labor) of all items in the applicable CSI divisions and assume that cost of materials is 45% and labor cost is 55%. However, this option may put the project at a disadvantage in terms of getting full credit for the actual value of materials.
You can alternatively use the actual materials budget (excluding labor) of all materials purchased in the applicable CSI categories.
How do you decide whether to use the actual material budget or the default budget as your baseline? The lower you can get the baseline, the easier it is to purchase enough regional material to reach the credit threshold. For example, a project that is renovating an existing building will have low material costs and high labor costs. It might be better for this project to use the actual budget as the 45% default may bring the baseline too high.
How do you know how many regional materials you need to incorporate into your project? Look at the baseline material budget. Determine how much you want to spend on regional materials. Ten percent of the budget cost will give the project one point and 20% will give the project two points. Go through the project’s preliminary budget and identify specific items that are manufactured and harvested/extracted locally. Do these items add up to the amount needed to get one or two points?
Include a cushion for this credit, in case of changes in design and purchasing. For example, if you are counting on points for using 20% regional materials, plan for 30% of your budget to be spent on regional materials to avoid coming up short.
Using the estimated budget to integrate regional materials into the design and specs early on 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 are purchased before doing the credit calculations.
Focus on “big ticket” items when seeking materials to meet regional purchasing requirements. If you can find regional materials like structural steel and concrete, these more expensive materials will go a long way toward meeting the required percentage of your materials budget. This approach allows you to Iimit the overall number of items you need to track and document, reducing contractor headaches. If these big-ticket items do not get you to the threshold you’re trying to meet, target medium-priced items next until you reach your goal.
A single product or material can contribute to multiple credits. For example, a chair made both locally and with recycled materials contributes to MRc5 as well as MRc4. Focusing on products and materials with multiple environmental attributes can also limit the overall number of items that must be tracked.
Product manufacturers may not have extraction information readily available. Allow for time in your process to research this information.
The location of final assembly is considered the “manufacturing location.” Extraction locations are determined by the location from which the raw material was sourced.
Products salvaged on site can count the site as the manufacturing and extraction location.
Look at product cut sheets and manufacturing data to determine whether a product contains regional materials.
When a product is made of multiple materials that are manufactured and extracted in different locations, or only part of the product can count as regional, use these special considerations.
The cost value for the LEED calculation is determined by weight as a percentage of the total. For example, a $100 piece of casework assembled locally contains 20% wood, and 80% marble, by weight, but only the wood was harvested and manufactured locally. Even though the piece of casework was manufactured and assembled locally, only $20 of the casework would contribute to this credit as being both manufactured and harvested locally.
Request that manufacturers provide assembly information broken down by weight.
Follow special considerations for products that are salvaged or reused or have recycled content.
Use the vendor or salvage location in place of the manufacturing location for salvaged, reused, or refurbished materials. Use the location from which the vendor salvaged the material in place of extraction location.
If a material is salvaged onsite and reused again onsite, you can count the site as both the manufacturing and extraction location. For example, parking lot concrete might be ground up and reused as infill on the same site.
Use replacement costs of salvaged materials (rather than actual costs) for all LEED materials calculations. For example, if you received free filing cabinets from a local office rehab you would use the cost of what you might spend on a filing cabinet if you had to replace the free one. This can work to your advantage, since the cost of used cabinets would probably be lower.
The actual budget method can be more time-consuming for the contractor because it requires tracking the actual costs of all materials purchased, even those in the applicable CSI divisions that do not necessarily contribute to LEED credits.
Include in your new wood materials baseline budget the material cost (excluding labor) of all new wood items that apply under CSI Master Spec 1995 Format Divisions 2–10. Division 12 Furniture is optional. Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and equipment costs are excluded. (See Resources for Master Spec information.)
Revisit your baseline materials budget as the design evolves to make sure the numbers remain accurate and that you remain on track to achieve your goal for the credit.
Incorporate regional product requirements into individual construction specifications.
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.
Analyze the initial cost budget to know what materials the project can target and incorporate LEED requirement language accordingly into construction specs for the specific materials. The contractor will appreciate not having to fill out forms for materials that are not local, or that have so little cost value that it is a waste of time.
Whenever possible, designate in the construction specifications that contractors use specific product manufacturers that you have verified as producers of locally manufactured and extracted items. This will help save research time for the contractors.
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.
Carefully review manufacturer data. Don’t pay attention to vague claims such as “Our product will give you a regional LEED point” when in truth it will only contribute to the credit. No matter what the manufacturer claims, you’ll still need to ask for manufacturing and extraction locations.
The general contractor (GC) should be oriented to all LEED construction-related issues, such as IAQ management, low-emitting materials, environmental materials tracking tools, and construction waste management.
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.)
Enabling coordination and communication among the GC, subcontractors and design team early in the process can minimize scheduling delays and pushback from subcontractors.
For any materials not yet specified, research the availability of additional regional materials 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 review data sheets carefully and much greater risk of using a noncompliant product.
The contractor starts gathering and environmental data and cut sheets from subcontractors for approval.
The GC functions as the overall quality assurance provider for this credit. Responsibilities include conducting weekly reviews of subcontractor product submittals and tracking forms.
Review subcontractor product suggestions ahead of time to avoid the purchase of inappropriate materials and eliminate the need for costly change orders.
Streamline documentation and research by taking data gathered from subs via the Environmental Materials Reporting Form and transfer it into a master spreadsheet for all the items being tracked for each product across MR and IEQ credits. For example, you may need to ask the millworker for regional information for MRc5, certified wood information for MRc7, and information about adhesives installed on site for IEQc4.1. If one spreadsheet collects all the data, it can streamline your documentation, associated research, and help with quality control. Use the Materials Calculator spreadsheet in the Documentation Toolkit.
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.
Even if you use the default budget method for your baseline material budget, you have to break out the actual cost of materials you are tracking for LEED.
Transfer all the data collected in the Materials Calculator spreadsheet (see Documentation Toolkit) to the LEED Online submittal form.
You will want to keep all product cut sheets or letters from manufacturer detailing extraction/harvest and manufacture location on file. There is a chance that the LEED reviewer will require you to provide back-up documentation.
Keep a list of sustainable materials used on the project so that operations staff can use these products for future renovations.
Develop regional procurement recommendations and incorporate the recommendations into a purchasing policy. This will contribute to EBOM MRp1: Sustainable Purchasing Policy.
Excerpted from LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations Version 2.2
Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.
Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators and equipment shall not be included in this calculation. Only include materials permanently installed in the project. Furniture may be included, providing it is included consistently in MR Credits 3–7.
Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for an additional 10% beyond MR Credit 5.1 (total of 20%, based on cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of the material is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.
Establish a project goal for locally sourced materials and identify materials and material suppliers that can achieve this goal. During construction, ensure that the specified local materials are installed. Consider a range of envi- ronmental, economic and performance attributes when selecting products and materials.
This free online tool allows you to draw a 500-mile radius around a point on a map, which can help visualize the Regional Materials boundaries for your project location, and help you look for sources within those boundaries.
PlanetReuse is a nationwide reclaimed construction material broker and consultant company. At no cost to the design team, they match materials with designers, builders and owners to serve LEED efforts, save money, and sustain the planet. They make it easier to use a wide variety of reclaimed materials in new projects as well as help find new projects for building materials being deconstructed, guiding clients through every step of the process.
Architectural Computer Services, Inc. (ARCOM) offers a free downloadable PDF of the Master Spec divisions. Check this to verify which materials are included in this and other MR credits.
This book and CD-ROM from Master Spec offers useful guidance and sample specification language for incorporating LEED specifications into construction documents. (Requires purchase.)
Support on incorporating LEED requirements into specifications.
Use this form to track your concrete mixes and their recycled content and distance to the manufacturing and extraction sites.
Teams can use this tool to track all materials across various MR and EQ 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.
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.
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.
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 IEQc4 credits, but in conjunction with documentation for for MR credits.
Many products contain materials with different extraction or harvest locations. Use this spreadsheet to determine how much of the assembly you can count toward the Regional Materials credit. Includes sample calculation.
Manufacturers often highlight regional manufacturing and extraction information in cut sheets and letters, as shown here. In some cases information may be misleading or incomplete, and you'll need to follow up (see annotations on the PDF).
Documentation for this credit is part of the Construction Phase submittal.
You're right, the manufacturer is wrong.
Part of the confusion is because of the addenda posted on 7/19/2010. It says, in part -
"The extraction point for
recycled materials is the location of the raw material prior to the manufacturing of the final building product. As such, the point of extraction could include a recycling facility, scrap yard, depository, stockpile, or any other location where the material was collected and packaged for market purchase before manufacturing."
In the case of semi-finished steel products, that "collection point" could be a mill. For example, it's possible for the 'steel mill' to collect the scrap and produce billets which are then shipped to another 'rolling mill' to be made into basic rebar. That rebar could be sent directly to the jobsite OR to a fabricator who then 'manufactures' various assembled frames ready for installation. In that case, the billet producer could be considered the "recovery location" and the rolling mill or fabricator the final point of manufacturing.
Part of the logic is how the market works, since there are "bar mills" and rebar fabricators spread out all over the country and the vast majority (almost all?) of the 'scrap' can come from within 500 miles of the mill.
I am aware of one producer who tracks incoming scrap by zip code of collection location and can provide a percentage of scrap collected within 500 miles of the jobsite. The locations (perhaps dozens or more) within the 500 mile radius of the jobsite will not be listed individually.
Unfortunately MR5 is one of those credits which don't do a good job incorporating how the market works. For some products the language is clear but for others it can be more complicated than what you see on the surface.
In the LEED Canada Ref. Guide V1.0, on page 307, there is an example letter template showing materials that are non-compliant. We don't need to collect and enter data for materials that are non-compliant, do we? I haven't done it before, but I didn't notice this example. It seems redundant and work-making to me.
No, you don't. As long as you know your total materials budget (if you're using that method), you don't need to track non-compliant materials.
Has anyone submitted aluminum windows or storefront for this credit? We are finding that manufacturers say that determining a regional source for the components of aluminum is difficult or impossible.
For example, United States Aluminum has this to say on their website:
"Due to the geographic diversity of bauxite sources, Australia, Brazil, Jamaica, Russia and the United States, and the stream of recycled aluminum content in billet, it is difficult to determine a specific regional source to qualify for this credit."
I love to hear if anyone has actually submitted them and discovered otherwise, but I'd say that the info you found is right on--given where the raw materials for aluminum come from, it's hard to make the case that it could be a regional material in the U.S.
In response to Nadav's comment,
It seems like your reply to Tony's question about recycled steel would apply here also. The original harvesting site of raw aluminum is mostly overseas, but from what I have been told, the location of the production of the billet (which will have a % from scrap) is accepted for the MR5 credit. Manufacturers of aluminum products can usually tell you where they get their billet from.
I work for Arcadia, inc. in the L.A. area and while I have only been here a short time, have been told by colleagues that we have successfully contributed to this credit on projects. We use a local extruder who produces the billet locally.
I have also seen mention of MR5 on Vistawall's website, and there may be other manufacturers who have had success with this.
I had a conversation with U.S. Aluminum similar to the one above, and it may be that they do not obtain their billet locally, or that their suppliers vary.
Does anyone know if there is an official word from the usgbc on this? Either a CI or just acceptance of a project?
I am in South Korea. South Korea is very smaller than US States and all of area in South Korea is located within 500miles of the project site. If the manufacture in South Korea import the salvaged/recycled items from China(Outside 500miles) but manufacture, can it be achieved point for MR 5, Regional Materials?
Tongsu, materials qualifying for this credit must be both manufactured and extracted within the 500-mile radius.
That means that materials imported from China, if they are from farther than 500 miles, would not qualify. Sorry!
If Dirtwork is included in all calcs can Imported Fill count as regional? V2.2
I can't guarantee that it will be accepted, but my experience suggests that it will be. The fill will figure into the calculations on a cost basis, so unless you're spending a lot on fill, it may not affect the end result all that much.
Keep in mind that including this for all credits could hurt your ability to earn points for recycled content (MRc4). .
Many of the steel products that I have on my project have high recycled content. Because the products are made from a large portion of scrap metal, How can you determine the location from where the scrap metal is extracted?
For example a junk car could be used for scrap metal. There is no way to determine where the metal to make the car came from. Do you count the scrap metal supplier's address as the harvesting location like MRc3? How do you track the harvesting information since Most manufacturer's of recycled steel products buy scrap from different suppliers based on market conditions and do not have use consistent suppliers.
Is there a default number harvesting percentage USGBC will allow to you to apply if you have a product with a large amount of recycled metal like the default 25% you can apply to MRc4?
This is covered pretty well in a "hot tip" in the "Checklists" section of LEEDuser, above. Basically, you do have to know where the scrap was collected prior to going to the manufacturer, but you don't have to track anything back to it's original, pre-recycling state. And no, there is no default value like the MRc4 25%.
What would be the best way to list the materials if they don't all fit on the provided spaces on the submittal template? I could create my own spreadsheet in excel and attach it, but then the template wouldn't show that we are receiving the credit.
thanks so much.
My suggestion would be to include as many materials in the template as will fit, leaving one line open. Then put the rest in an attached spreadsheet, as you propose, and use the last line in the template to enter the total of the data from the spreadsheet, giving it a fictitious "product" and "company" name indicating that it's an aggregation from the attached file.
That should give you the right result in the template, while also giving GBCI all the data. What have others done in this situation?
I have just encountered the same issue and would like to know the proper protocol. Seems a bit odd that the template has such a limited number of fields. Stephen, did you have any luck with Nadav's suggestion?
I've seen people do a variety of things, from uploading additional letter template PDFs in the supplemental docs area, or using the one main letter template as a summary sheet and uploading a separate detailed excel spreadsheet for all the individual entries. It shouldn't really matter which method you use, as long as you provide the information and communicate clearly to the reviewer where to find it.
Also, remember it may not be neccessary to provide the regional material information on all materials - just the big ticket cost items needed to acheive the credit.
Our project will be an engineered metal building, specified in division 13. Can this be counted toward the MR credits that specifically require only materials in divisions 2-10?
Division 13 falls into the group of stuff that doesn't HAVE to be included, but also isn't specifically excluded, like MEP stuff. So you should be fine including it at your option, as long as you include it consistently in all applicable credits.
I have a steel product that was manufactured/fabricated within 500 miles of my project. However, the steel used to fabricate that product was made 479 miles from our project. The steel company can send us a letter stating that 80% of the steel was recovered within 200 miles of their steel mill. Since this mill is 479 miles from my project, how can I determine the percentage and distance between my project and the recovery locations of this steel? Any help is appreciated!
Green is often grey! You might try making a map with towns clearly marked that shows your 500 mile radius circle. Hopefully, the steel company would be able to indicate what % of their recovery sources are typically inside or outside that radius, even if they can't tell you exactly what percent is in your particular product.
They've said that their statement that 80% is recovered within 200 miles is the best that they can do. I will not be able to provide a map with specific locations marked. Other ideas?
Given the near-certainty that a significant amount of the steel product came from outside the radius, and the lack of information to know how much, I don't see a way the qualify the product for this credit, at least not without more info from the manufacturer.
I'd like to vent on this subject. I believe what April is saying is that the steel was fabricated 479 miles from her project site and that 80 % was havested within a 200 mile radius of the fabricator. The only way that she can get credit for this this material, is if the 200 miles is in her projects direction. If it happens to be 200 miles in the opposite direction, it doesn't count toward the credit. She would need to check with the fabricator to find the actual location of the havested material to get her 80%. This is a flaw in the LEED logic. Why would it matter if the material harvest location (200 miles from the fabricator) is within 500 mile of the project site or not? Either way it would have to travel 200 miles to the fabricator. If it happens to be within the projects 500 mile radius you get to include the costs and if it's not, you don't. The credit should read "Fabricated/manufactured within 500 miles of the project site and extracted/harvested within 500 mile of the fabricator/manufacturer." I can only hope this has been cleared up in NC 2009 or whatever new system they are currently working on. - I feel better.
Earning this credit can be frustrating due to the difficulty of getting good extraction information or realizing that what you thought was a regional material has extracted content that is considered 'proprietary'. I also understand your frustration with the calculations. I find it helps to remember the triple bottom line and that this principle is embedded in the LEED credits. The way I see it, the Regional credit has a strong 'social' component and your project should support the local/regional economy which wouldn't happen if extraction was outside the 500 radial miles as the project.
What I hear you saying is that the extraction should be within 500 miles of the manufacturing site and the final manufacturing site should be within 500 miles of the Project. You aren't the first to suggest this. But consider this. I'm looking at an image for a DC project with the 500 mile superimposed on the map. We lose a large section to the Atlantic, pick up a good section of Ontario, just miss Montreal Atlanta and Savannah, clip Indianapolis and incorporate 12 states fully. If the extraction were allowed to be 500 miles away from the plant and not the project, we would wind up including a lot of the country from the edge of the east coast. For example, if we're getting something made in Indianapolis, extraction could happen another 500 miles inTopeka Kansas. All along the edge of my 500 mile Project circle would be another 500 mile circle. It adds up! What influence do you have from a 1000 miles away? What influence do you have from 50 miles away?
Hi Susan, thank you for your input, but I think you missed my point. If a product is Manufactured 400 miles away from my project and the material is extracted within 200 miles of the manufacturing plant, it will need to travel 600 miles to my project. If the extraction point is in my projects direction, it is within my 500 mile radius and I get to include the costs, if it is in the opposite direction, it will be outside of my 500 mile radius and I cannot include the cost. Regardless, the product will still need to travel 600 miles in either scenario. I understand that we as LEED accredited professionals need to explore different options to avoid scenarios like this, but the availability of certain products can be limiting. I think a line must be drawn in the sand as well, but it should stop at the manufacturing plant, the extraction point is irrelevant (to a certain point).
In an extreme scenario, a product could be manufactured 400 miles from a project, yet extracted 1 mile from the project. In this example it would travel 800 miles before the finished product made it to the job, yet it would still be acceptable to count toward the Regional materials credit. It is a slight flaw in an otherwise well thought out program. Our influence can only go as far as the availability and diversity of products in our regions.
Hi Joseph, You make a good point. As former chair of the MR-TAGLEED Technical Advisory Group (TAG): Subcommittees that consist of industry experts who assist in developing credit interpretations and technical improvements to the LEED system., I can promise you we struggled with these questions quite a bit! And I would certainly not try to argue that this credit is perfect as it is. But I do have a couple of points to add.
1. As you may know, LEED used to have one point that was based just on point of manufacture, and a second point that included extraction location (LEED-CI still has this structure). The problem is that, if you ignore point of extraction, the raw materials (which are typically bulkier and more massive than the finished product) might be traveling thousands of miles. So your example of how it could travel 800 miles doesn't really counteract that issue.
2. This credit is not just about transportation impacts, but also about the "connection to place" and local economic benefits of using indigenous materials. If your ore is being mined in your backyard, you might be more sensitive to the impacts of that mining process than if it's mined across the world.
Just wanted to share this, in response to your thoughtful critique.
It can be frustrating when you cannot include costs due to the extraction point being in the wrong direction. I guess I lost site of the big picture. And Susan, I apologize to you as well, as this was the point you initially mentioned.
The LEED ref. guide for version 2.2 lists the threshold for EP at 40%. LEED 2009 has lowered it to 30%, but we have been unable to find an errata that corrects the amount in V2.2 to 30%. Does anybody know if there has been a ruling that the 40% required by v2.2 has been lowered to 30%?
This is debated all over the place.
And at my very own office. I had a LEED-NC v2.2 project that achieved 38% regional materials. I spoke to a USGBC staffer before submitting who stated that he was "pretty sure" that 40% was a typo. And lo and behold, the project did indeed receive an I&D credit for exemplary use of regional materials. It's frustrating nonetheless that USGBC never issued an official erratum, because I'd like to be able to refer my clients to something in writing.
Actually, there is no typo - the threshold was changed purposefully for 2009.
At this time to achieve 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. for MRc5 under the NCv2.2 rating system the required percentage is still 40%.
Here's the official response I have from the GBCI (Jeremy's post was not there yesterday when I was asking about it!)
"Even though NCv2009 only requires 30% to achieve 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. for the Regional Materials credit, MRc5, NCv2.2 still requires 40% as there have been no updates to the guide or a published 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. stating otherwise. It may be possible that the strategy of earning an exemplary performance point with having only 30% of materials purchased regionally could be approved for your project and therefore we recommend you have this strategy approved by either submitting 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 or a LEED Interpretation. For more information about CIRs please refer to this link, http://www.gbci.org/Certification/Resources/cirs.aspx, while for more information about LEED Interpretations refer to this link https://www.usgbc.org/LeedInterpretations/LILanding.aspx?CMSPageID=1432."
is anyone aware of a published 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 or 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. for the above 30% Regional materials issue? I was not able to locate it on GBCI's database https://www.usgbc.org/LeedInterpretations/LILanding.aspx?CMSPageID=1432
We are in a similar situation as described above with 38% regional materials on a project however given the LEED interpretation response takes a few weeks to process our project timeline will not allow us to wait to submit for review until we hear back a response from the interpretation. Would appreciate if someone can let me know if a response is already available. Thanks.
Komal, the earlier comments on this topic are accurate. You need 40% regional for EP for a v2.2 project.
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