Pilot-Credits MRpc87: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates

  • Accurately quantify waste data

    The intent of this pilot credit is to achieve higher quality of construction and demolition waste diversion by encouraging a verification standard for recycling facilities that will accurately quantify waste data.

  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED Pilot Credit Library

    MR Pilot Credit 87: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates

    Intent

    To achieve higher quality of construction and demolition waste diversion by encouraging a verification standard for recycling facilities that will accurately quantify waste data.

    Requirements

    Recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials by sending the project’s total commingled waste materials to a mixed-recovery facility that has achieved third party verification of facility-average recycling rates. Project teams must meet the applicable diversion requirements of the following construction waste credit in the applicable LEED rating system for the project.

    (Note that projects pursuing a reduced waste generated per area credit Option are not eligible for this pilot credit)

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    Utilize a recycling facility that processes and recycles co-mingled (mixed) construction and demolition waste materials that has received third party certification of their recycling rates. Qualified third-party organizations who certify facility average recycling rates include these minimum program requirements:

        • The certification organization follows guidelines for environmental claims and third-party oversight, including ISO/IEC Guide 65 or ISO 17065 and relevant portions of the ISO 14000 family of standards.
        • The certification organization continuously monitors "certified" facilities to ensure that the facilities are operating legally and meeting the minimum program requirements for facility certification and recycling rates.
        • Data submitted by the facilities to the certification organization in support of the recycling rate is audited. The audit includes, at a minimum: the evaluation of recyclables sales records, verification of facility sales into commodity markets, monitoring off-site movement of materials, and a review of the facilities' customers weight tags information.
        • Facilities submit data to the certification organization that supports the recycling rate, such as a mass balance recycling rate (tons in/tons out) for a twelve month period, or quarterly sorts completed and verified by an independent third party entity.
        • Breakdown of materials (by type and by weight), including analysis of supporting data relating to amounts (in tons) and types of materials received and processed at the facility.
        • At a minimum, the third-party certifying organization conducts an on-site visit of the Facility for the first year certification, with subsequent site visits occurring at least once every two (2) years, unless additional visits are deemed necessary by the certification organization. The site visit will examine:
          • How materials enter, are measured, deposited, processed/sorted and exit facility,
          • Conduct interviews with key personnel,
          • Confirm equipment types and capacity,
          • Observe and verify load/materials sorting and accuracy,
          • Verify use and accuracy of scales including calibration frequency.
        • Recycling rates shall adhere to these requirements:
          • Measurements must be based on weight (not volume), using scales.
          • Recycling rates must be available on a website and viewable by the general public.
        • Facility recycling data submitted to certification program will be analyzed for recycling rates using a mass balance formula or quarterly sorts completed and verified by an in-dependent third party entity.
        • Final recycling rate will include overall facility recycling rate with and without ADCAlternative daily covers are material other than earthen material placed on the surface of the active face of a municipal solid waste landfill at the end of each operating day to control vectors, fires, odors, blowing litter, and scavenging. Generally these materials must be processed so they do not allow gaps in the exposed landfill face./Beneficial Reuse, and will include separate recycling rates by material type as well as combined average including wood derived fuel/bio-fuel separate from other waste to energy or incineration end-markets.

    Presently, the Recycling Certification Institute's Certification Of Real Rates (CORR) protocol meets the requirements of this Pilot Credit.

    General Pilot Documentation Requirements

    Register for the pilot credit

    Credits 1-14

    Credits 15-27

    Credits 28-42

    Credits 43-56

    Credits 57-67

    Credits 68-82

    Credits 83-103

    Credit Specific

    For all Rating Systems:

    Project teams will submit the standard documentation for C&D credit in the applicable LEED rating system, but must also submit:

    • Proof that the facility or facilities that received materials from the project was "certified" over the timeframe that waste was generated on the project and sent to the processing facility.
    • Calculations that demonstrate that the required percentage of commingled construction waste is sent to a facility that has a current* third-party verified facility recycling rate.
      • *For the purposes of the credit “current” shall be defined as a facility in good standing with the certifying body at the time of project construction.
    • Recycling rates applied to a project's waste generation must be the weighted average for the facility over the time in which the project sent materials to the facility. Time increments shall not be reported less than quarterly and no more than annually, and must use consistent time increments throughout calculations.

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Eileen Gohr
Jun 19 2017
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Required to use facility weighted average?

Project Location: United States

"Recycling rates applied to a project's waste generation must be the weighted average for the facility over the time in which the project sent materials to the facility."

Does this mean that projects pursuing this pilot credit have to use the facility recycling rates for both this pilot credit and MRc2? If so, this is overly restrictive. I'm sure the intent here is that WHEN project teams use the facility recycling rate for MRc2 that it must be the weighted average during the appropriate time.

We'll be submitting for this pilot credit with the explanation that we used project-specific diversion reports from the certified facility.

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Deborah Ebersole Principal Studio D Consulting + Design
Jan 12 2017
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Project diversion rate v. facility rate

Project Location: United States

If a project's diversion rate is greater than 75% but the RCI certified facility's diversion rate is less than 75% during project construction is the project still eligable to achieve all MRc2 points as well as points for regional priority (if applicable) and the pilot credit?

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John Danby Sustainability Administrator, UC Davis Health System Jan 12 2017 LEEDuser Member 5 Thumbs Up

While that's a good query for GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)., here's my perspective. The pilot credit requires you take the C+D facility that's had appropriate third party verification of their diversion rates. If the facility's been receiving waste with a lot of crap in it, it'll drive their rate down, no fault of the facility. The verification simply says the facility uses appropriate processes in the appropriate manner to provide good data, which in turn says that project's waste will be evaluated properly. I'd go for it, as I feel the use of this facility for the MRpc87 credit is defendable.

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Bharati Karmarkar Bhosale Operations Manager Healthy Buildings
Jan 03 2017
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Verified Recycling

Apart for from added costs, are there additional requirements that the construction team should be aware of in terms of onsite sorting/ specific dumpster requirements that need to be met in-order to assist the third party verified recycling vendor?

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John Danby Sustainability Administrator, UC Davis Health System Jan 03 2017 LEEDuser Member 5 Thumbs Up

Your best bet is to have the team work with the recycling vendor to determine their requirements. Onsite sorting will be dictated by estimating amounts of various waste streams to determine whether source-separation is viable. It's also determined by the separation capabilities of the vendor's material recovery facility. Lots of variables that can only be resolved by good communication with the recycling vendor.

Note also that the use of the verified recycling vendor did not increase waste mgmt. costs for our project.

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David Dixon President Genesis Design Inc
Jul 21 2016
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Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates

Project Location: United States

have several project and have had to work with the contractors and their LEED coordinator to select a company that is verified for this credit. Have found the major and national forms are obtaining the verification. One issue is they come at a little more cost and getting the contractor onboard is an issue. The cost is usually less than other process and does not add work for the contractor so they many time see the advantage.

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John Danby Sustainability Administrator UC Davis Health System
Apr 21 2016
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RCI CORR Information

Project Location: United States

I have found that it takes a bit of work to actually see that a facility has achieved the Recycling Certification Institute's CORR certification. If you go to the RCI site (recyclingcertification.org), you'll find facilities which have registered with RCI, and those which are certified by RCI. Only the latter count for this Pilot Credit. I did not find a connection between the CORR and my facility's RCI certification until I downloaded its Evaluation Report, which makes it clear that it represents CORR for my facility.

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Stephanie Graham Sustainability Manager Burns & McDonnell
Mar 21 2016
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Recycling Rates

Project Location: United States

Under Credit-Specific Documentation it says, "Recycling rates applied to a project's waste generation must be the weighted average for the facility over the time in which the project sent materials to the facility. Time increments shall not be reported less than quarterly and no more than annually, and must use consistent time increments throughout calculations." Our rates are reported monthly, however, we can get quarterly and annual rates. Monthly rates vary only slightly. Is this an issue? Do we need to report quarterly or annually for this credit, and can anyone shed light on why monthly is not acceptable? Thank you.

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Stephanie Graham Sustainability Manager Burns & McDonnell
Mar 21 2016
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Certification agency meeting the ISO Guidelines

Project Location: United States

Under the requirements of qualifying certification agencies, it reads, "The certification organization follows guidelines for environmental claims and third-party oversight, including ISO/IEC Guide 65 or ISO 17065 and relevant portions of the ISO 14000 family of standards." The project recycled and/or salvaged nonhazardous construction and demolition materials by sending the project’s total commingled waste materials to Eco Recycling, Inc., a mixed-recovery facility that has achieved third party verification of facility-average recycling rates and practices. Our project facility is operated under provision of the Missouri Solid Waste Code and the St. Louis County Solid Waste Management Code. The St. Louis County Department of Health Solid Waste Management (DHSWM) program provides regulatory oversight for code compliance and enforcement. They meet the bulleted criteria in the credit language, so can we assume they follow the ISO guidelines?

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Sara Greenwood Green Building Consultant Cadmus Group
Feb 27 2015
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Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates

Project Location: United States

Hello, I am working on a project located in San Jose which has hired a waste hauler that undergoes third-party verification to confirm their waste diversion rates. This meets the requirement of Pilot credit 87. Note to demonstrate compliance the following is required: 1) Documentation confirming that the facility or facilities that received materials from the project was "certified" over the timeframe that waste was generated on the project and sent to the processing facility, 2) Calculations demonstrating that the required percentage of commingled construction waste is sent to a facility that has a current third-party verified facility recycling rate, and 3) The recycling rates applied to the project's waste generation is the weighted average for the facility over the time in which the project sent materials to the facility.

Additionally, projects pursue pilot credits must subscribe to the LEED User forum so I am currently doing so.

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David Dixon President, Genesis Design Inc Jun 17 2016 LEEDuser Member 17 Thumbs Up

we have found that in getting certified by a third party the waste companies have the documentation and provide the documentation that is required for the credit

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David Dixon President, Genesis Design Inc Jan 03 2017 LEEDuser Member 17 Thumbs Up

As several have noted the waste company has to be "certified" and need to be able to obtain the documentation on the certification. The system is for the hauler to sort the waste so actually it is easier on the site but I recommend that you get early and frequent reports to endure that they are sorting the material correctly and that you are meeting the threshold. Had a project that dropped the certified sorting station and move to another that was not certified. The project lost the point since we could not get reports at the end.

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