Update: USGBC is closing Pilot Credits 54 to new project registrants as of 2/15/13.
This credit encourages LEED project teams to specify materials that do not contain chemicals that are known to negatively impact human health (specifically in regards to cancer and reproductive toxicity). While LCA is a powerful analytical tool, the information driving LCA based decisions often fails to adequately address material impacts associated with human health.
To address LCAs short comings, the MR section proposes requirements for avoidance of harmful chemicals in building products. This credit not only builds on the shortcomings of LCA, but also addresses USGBC’s larger mission of advancing product manufacturing and alternative assessment across the spectrum of indus-trial chemicals to support systematic redesign of building products for progressively better human health ecological health.
Submit a list of products purchased contributing toward credit. List the cost and number of items purchased per contributing products and calculate the weighted value according to total weight of materials purchased.
Excerpted from LEED Pilot Credit Library
To increase the use of products and materials that disclose chemical ingredient data and reduce the concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment.
Use a minimum of 20%, by cost, of at least 3 building product and material types meeting one of the options below.
Use third party certified building products and materials that do not contain inten-tionally added substances present in the end product over the reporting thresholds below. Calculate compliant building products and materials at cost.
Meet the requirements of Option 1.ANDUse third party certified building products and materials that do not contain inten-tionally added substances present in the end product over the reporting thresholds below. Calculate compliant building products and materials at twice the cost.
CI, Retail CI, Hospitality CI
Meet the requirements of the credit above; however, furniture and furnishings that are within project’s scope of work must be included in credit calculations.
The homepage for the LEED Pilot Credit Library. The LEED Pilot Credit Library is intended to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED. This process will allow USGBC to test and refine credits through LEED 2009 project evaluations before they are sent through the balloting process for introduction into LEED.
Background for the LEED Pilot Credit Library is provided in this foundational document.
I wanted to let you all know the webinar "LEED Innovation & Pilot Credits: Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern" is being offered March 15 2102 at 1:00pm EST . You can find more information and register on the USGBC website page: http://usgbc.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=10496
In Sweden we use a material valuation system that is called BASTA, this system is only for chemicals. My project took a early descision that they will only use products that have been registred in BASTA and therefore meets all the requirements regarding hazardous and harmful chemicals. Would this qualify for earning this pilot credit. The project has a chemical database wher all the ifnormation is provided and where the requirements for BASTA is described.
Thanks in advance!
Would there be an opportunity here to include glass piping materials (esp for lab buildings and healthcare facilities) as a potential strategy to reduce the use of plastics which contain know hazardous chemicals (plasticizers)? Our product is already recognized as contributing to LEED credit 4.1 (VOC reduction because there is no need to solder or weld connections - just a mechanical hook up), Pilot Credit 2 (because there are no PBTs in glass), and Pilot Credit 43 (because we are UL-E claim validated as a low VOC emitting material). Any insights would help. Thank you, David
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