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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v3 - LEED 2009

Sustainable purchasing - furniture

MRc2.2 | Possible 1 point


To reduce the environmental harm from materials purchased, used, and disposed of in the operations within buildings.


MR credit 2.2 - furniture

Achieve sustainable purchases of at least 40% of total purchases of furniture (by cost) during the performance period. Sustainable purchases are those that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Purchases contain at least 10% postconsumer and/or 20% postindustrial material.

  • Purchases contain at least 70% material salvaged from off-site or outside the organization.
  • Purchases contain at least 70% material salvaged from on-site, through an internal organization materials and equipment reuse program.
  • Purchases contain at least 50% rapidly renewable material.
  • Purchases contain at least 50% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood.
  • Purchases contain at least 50% material harvested and processed or extracted and processed within a 500 mile (800 kilometer) radius of the project. Building materials or products shipped by rail or water have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within a 500 mile (800 kilometer) total travel distance of the project site using a weighted average determined through the following formula:
    (Distance by rail/3) + (Distance by inland waterway/2) + (Distance by sea/15) + (Distance by all other means) ≤ 500 miles [800 kilometers].

Each furniture purchase can receive credit for each sustainable criterion met (i.e., a $100 purchase that contains both 10% postconsumer recycled content and 50% of content harvested within 500 miles (800 kilometers) of the project counts twice in the calculation, for a total of $200 of sustainable purchasing).

Durable goods must be purchased during the performance period to earn points in this credit.

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