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MRc6 - Rapidly renewable materials
LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors
This CIR relates to the intersection of MR Credit 3.3 Resource Reuse, Furniture and Furnishings, and other MR credits - in particular, MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials. The LEED-CI Reference G...
This CIR relates to the intersection of MR Credit 3.3 Resource Reuse, Furniture and Furnishings, and other MR credits - in particular, MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials. The LEED-CI Reference Guide (Version 2.0, December 2005) contains guidelines as to how reused / salvaged / refurbished furniture and furnishings can contribute to MR Credit 5, Regional Materials. However, reused furniture and furnishings are specifically excluded from the calculations for MR Credit 4, Recycled Content. Additionally, MR Credit 7 Certified Wood applies only to "new wood based products", therefore the value of reused furniture with wood-based components is excluded from calculations for this credit. The Reference Guide explanation for MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials, does not specifically address reused furniture. However, the Reference Guide explanation for MR Credit 3.3, Resource Reuse implies that the replacement values for reused furniture and furnishings are applied towards MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials. If this is the case, MR Credit 6 does not appear to follow the logic of the other MR credits with regard to reused furniture. If it is acceptable to exclude the value of reused furniture from MR Credit 4, Recycled Content, is it not also acceptable to exclude reused furniture from MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials?
Yes, reused furniture that qualifies for MR Credit 3.3, Resource Reuse, 30% Furniture and Furnishings, shall be excluded from the credit calculation (numerator and denominator) for MR Credit 6, Rapidly Renewable Materials. The LEED-CI v2.0 Reference Guide (page 222) states, "Materials qualifying as reused for MR Credit 3.1 and 3.2 cannot be applied to MR Credits 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 3.3, 4.1, 6 or 7." The logic behind these exclusions is that reuse is the motivation to purchase these products. The other environmental attributes may have been motivation for the initial purchase of the products Other MR credits reward the environmental attributes that influence new product purchases. Applicable Internationally.
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