USGBC announces plan for new Supply Chain Optimization Group
Today, from the Materials and Health Summit at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, USGBC announced the forward plan for the newly constituted Supply Chain Optimization Working Group.
The working group was approved by USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee (LSC) last week, and it's members include chemical suppliers, building product manufacturers, design teams, producers of raw materials, academics and government entities along with USGBC staff.
“The formation of the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group represents an extraordinary opportunity to improve communication and collaboration as we work together toward better, healthier buildings and communities,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “The participants in the working group are a true reflection of the inclusive and technical development process that defines LEED and sets it apart.”
The formal charter of the working group, as devised and approved by the LEED Steering Committee, focuses around development and optimization of the LEED v4 Materials and Resources (MR) credit 4, which:
- Encourages the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.
- Rewards project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products evaluated against robust criteria for human and environmental health.
- Rewards raw material manufacturers that produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.
The working group will focus on the following priorities, as outlined in the charter:
- Explore new and innovative ideas to evolve existing options one (material ingredient reporting), two (material ingredient optimization), and three (product manufacturer supply chain optimization) in the LEED v4 MR credit focusing on enhancing feasibility in practice, in-building performance, and measurability.
- For option three, further define the processes referenced and identify third party programs that verify those processes and are easily specified by design teams and explore new and innovative ways to achieve the goals option three was created to deliver.
- Develop and propose alternative and/or additional option(s) or approaches, in whole or part, for stakeholder consideration.
“The LEED Steering Committee-approved purpose statement and nomination slate of the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group signifies the beginning of some very important work,” said Bryna Dunn, LEED Steering Committee Chair, Moseley Architects. “The group will focus on exploring the desired outcomes and feasibility of the Materials and Resources credit 4 in LEED v4, and proposing additional or alternative approaches if required.”
The group will also focus on producing guidelines and implementation guidance for specific credits within the MR credit category.
Nadav Malin, President of BuildingGreen, will be the facilitator of this working group, closely working with Scot Horst, USGBC’s Chief Product Officer.
LEED has facilitated advances in building technologies, integrated design and operating practices, as well as the tremendous growth of the green building sector, which supports or creates 7.9 million jobs across all 50 states and contributes $554 billion to the U.S. economy annually.