Our confidential client is seeking LEED-CI Gold for an office space in San Francisco. The contractor will be recycling construction waste in their NEW space and we will be seeking 2 credits (or 75% of the construction waste). Specifically, this CIR is for an Innovation credit for their recycling and salvaging at their OLD space, the one they will be vacating to in order to occupy their NEW office space. AS the USGBC knows, most building owners do not concern themselves with the afterlife of the spaces they vacate. However, this confidential client is concerned and has implemented many measures to lessen the environmental impact as the result of churn from one tenant to another. We're wondering if recycling and salvaging most of the construction waste, office and pantry equipment, architectural features (walls) and more at their OLD space qualifies for an innovation credit considering under LEED-CI this is not required, nor is there a credit that applies to it. Our confidential client (to be referred to as CC) will vacate their existing space (13,000 sq. ft.) in March 2008. Both the new and old offices are (or will be) located in downtown San Francisco. For the last few months they have been coordinating their move with their landlord and the new tenant; this includes retaining many architectural areas that in most remodels would be demolished. The entire elevator lobby area which includes the existing ceiling, wall and flooring details as well as the main entry glass doors and emergency exit doors will remain as is. The Men's and Women's restrooms will also remain as is, even though they were slated for demo as they are not base building. The IDF room will also remain as is except the raised floor and UPS system; the UPS system has reached its maximum life expectancy and will be recycled locally as it contains a heavy load of batteries. A satellite dish on the top of a nearby hotel feeds all of CC's video feeds and will be retained and transferred to the landlord for full ownership as well as the cable fed thru the riser of the hotel. The existing VAV boxes that were relocated as part of the current office configuration will now remain where installed, thus eliminating the labor and resources required to relocate. Three existing heat pumps installed by CC will be removed (per landlord request) and recycled locally. The desktop equipment will be decommissioned by CC's asset management team. All equipment that is labeled with CC's identity (proprietary equipment) will be recycled locally. (In the past it was shipped back to New York headquarters for resale or reuse in another CC office location.) This policy has been changed to a more environmentally appropriate practice (eliminate pollution generated from shipping equipment across country). Specifically 169 pieces of outdated equipment (AV Equipment, Computer Equipment , Printer and Fax Equipment, Monitors and Broadcast Equipment) will be recycled to local vendors that specializes in PC, monitor and computer equipment. All pantry equipment (refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, etc.) will be moved to the new site at Pier 3 or donated locally to a charitable organization in conjunction with CC's philanthropy group. The furniture will be liquidated through a local furniture liquidator. Some furniture will be reused at new office space including 24 workstation chairs, several folding tables and other minor furniture items. All security equipment will be removed and shipped to new office space for stock and supply of future needs. The raised floor will be removed and sold to a local flooring vendor that specializes in reclaimed flooring. All cabling and electrical components will be separated and recycled locally. Ceiling tile will be recycled at Armstrong's St. Helen's plant. Carpeting will be shipped to Georgia recycling plant. All other construction waste will be recycled locally. We intend to document the tonnage and/or quantity of all construction waste, equipment, furniture, etc. This confidential client frequently remodels office space but for this location they've been more aggressive and intend to duplicate their recycling efforts in San Francisco at future locations.
The CIR is requesting guidance on tracking the recycling and salvaging of material from the demolition of the tenants previous office space as part of their new LEED-CI project at a different location. While commendable for the project client to be concerned with demolition and diversion of waste from their current lease space, activities relating to the tenant's former space are outside the LEED project boundary. The demolition of the tenant's former space is analogous to the demolition that often occurs in new construction projects and is accounted for in MR credit 2. As a result, the demolition activities described in your request are not eligible for consideration as an Innovation credit. Portions of the materials you described are intended to be reused in the tenant's new space. Please ensure that these materials are only accounted for in MR credit 3 - Resource Reuse. Applicable Internationally.
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