Schools-2009 MRpc69: Construction and demolition waste management

  • Not just diverting waste, but preventing it

    This pilot credit takes a step that many in the LEED community have been pushing for years—recognition for projects that not only take steps to divert waste from the landfill, but that avoid generating it to begin with. To earn that credit option, projects will have to avoid generating more than 2.5 pounds of construction waste per square foot of the building's floor area. For more details, see the credit language.


    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Schools New Construction and Major Renovations

    MR Pilot Credit 69: Construction and demolition waste management


    Pilot Credit Closed

    This pilot credit is closed to new registrations

    To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.


    * This credit language is drawn from the LEED v4 draft. Where other point totals are noted, this pilot credit is worth 1 point in total. *

    Recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials. Calculations can be by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.

    Exclude excavated soil, land-clearing debris from calculations. Include materials destined for alternative daily coverAlternative daily cover is material (other than earthen material) that is 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. (ADC) in the calculations as waste (not diversion). Include wood waste converted to fuel (bio-fuel) in the calculations; other types of waste-to-energy are not considered diversion for this credit.

    However, for projects that cannot meet credit requirements using reuse and recycling methods, waste-to-energy systems may be considered waste diversion if the European Commission Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC are followed and Waste to Energy facilities meet applicable European Committee for Standardization (CEN) EN 303 standards.

    Option 1. diversion (1-2 points)

    Path 1. divert 50% and three material streams (1 point)

    Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least three material streams.


    Path 2. divert 75% and four material streams (2 points)

    Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least four material streams.


    Option 2. reduction of total waste material (2 points)

    Do not generate more than 2.5 pounds of construction waste per square foot (12.2 kilograms of waste per square meter) of the building's floor area.

    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
    Required Documentation BD&C Option 1 Option 2
    List of construction waste generated and diverted to landfill itemizing the waste, the material stream, waste total amount, and diverted amount per item and total for project. All units of measure must be consistent x  
    Evidence of average recycling rates for Commingled waste sorting Facilities (if applicable) x  
    Explanation why Waste-to-Energy Must be Used (if applicable) x  
    Proof of Certification for Waste-to-Energy Facilities (if applicable) x  
    Waste per Area for entire project   x
    • 4/1/2013: added documentation requirements
    • 6/19/2013: added CI to applicable rating systems


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