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Avoidance of chemicals of concern in building materials

MR4.5 | Possible point

Intent

To reduce the release of Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBTs) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.

To reduce mercury-containing products and devices and mercury discharge through product substitution, capture and recycling.

To reduce the release of Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBTs) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.

To enhance the environmental and human health performance attributes associated with freestanding furniture1 and medical furnishings products.

To reduce mercury-containing products and devices and mercury release through product substitution, capture, and recycling.

To reduce mercury-containing products and devices and mercury release through product substitution, capture, and recycling.

To reduce the release of Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBTs) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.

To reduce the release of Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBTs) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.

To enhance the environmental and human health performance attributes associated with freestanding furniture and medical furnishings.

To enhance the environmental and human health performance attributes associated with freestanding furniture and medical furnishings.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

To reduce the release of Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBTs) chemicals associated with the life cycle of building materials.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.

Requirements

Specify substitutes for materials manufactured with lead and cadmium, as follow:ƒ

  • Specify and use 100% lead-free solder and flux used to connect plumbing pipe on-site for water intended for human consumption that meets the California AB1953 standard that solder must not contain more than 0.2% lead, and flux not more than a weighted average of 0.25% for wetted surfaces.
  • ƒSpecify and use pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and faucets for water intended for human consumption that meets the California AB1953 standard of a weighted average lead content of the wetted surface area of not more than 0.25% lead.
  • Specify and use lead-free roofing and flashing.
  • ƒSpecify and use electrical wire and cable with lead content <300ppm.
  • Specify no use of interior or exterior paints containing cadmium or lead. Green Seal certified paints or paints meeting Green Seal criteria exclude metals including cadmium, lead, mercury, antimony, and hexavalent chromium.

For copper pipe applications, reduce or eliminate joint-related sources of copper corrosion: ƒƒ

  • use mechanically crimped copper joint system, or
  • specify that all solder joints are compliant with ASTM B828 and specify and use ASTM B813 flux.

For renovation projects, ensure the removal and appropriate disposal of disconnected wires with lead stabilizers, consistent with the 2002 National Electric Code requirements.

Note: To comply with the intent of this credit, specify “100% lead free” products. The “lead free” label as defined by the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/sdwa/index.html) does not provide adequate screening for the purposes of this credit because these products may still contain lead. The SDWA defines “lead free” as:ƒ

  • Solders and flux containing 0.2% lead or less.
  • Pipes, pipe fittings, and well pumps containing 8% lead or less.
  • Lead used for radiation shielding and copper used for MRI shielding are exempt from the requirements of this credit.
  • ƒ As part of the recycling collection system developed in compliance with MR Prerequisite 1:
    Storage and Collection of Recyclables, identify:

    • types of mercury containing products and devices1 to be collected,

    • criteria governing how they are to be handled by a recycling program, and
    • disposal methods for captured mercury.
  • In facilities delivering dental care, specify and install amalgam separation devices that meet or exceed the standard ISO-11143.
  • Comply with the mercury elimination requirement outlined in the 2010 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (Section A1.3- 4b: Mercury Elimination).
    • 4.2.1.1 New construction. In new construction, healthcare facilities shall not use mercury-containing equipment, including thermostats, switching devices, and other building system sources. (Lamps are excluded.)

    • 4.2.1.2 Renovation. For renovation, healthcare facilities shall develop a plan to phase out mercury-containing products and upgrade current mercury-containing lamps to high efficiency, low mercury or mercury free lamp technology.
  • ƒƒDo not specify or install preheat, T-9, T-10, or T-12 fluorescents or mercury vapor type high intensity discharge (HID) lamps in the project. Do not specify probe start metal halide HID lamps in interior spaces in the project.
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  • Only specify and install illuminated exit signs that use Light-Emitting Diode (LED) or Light-Emitting Capacitor (LEC) lamps and use less than 5 watts of electricity.
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  • Specify and install fluorescent and high-pressure sodium lamps that meet the following criteria:

In addition to the credit goals outlined in MR Prerequisite 2: PBT Source Reduction—Mercury, specify and install long lasting reduced mercury fluorescent lamps consistent with the following minimum criteria:

Fluorescent Lamp Criteria
T-8 Eight-foot (Standard Output) 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts OR program start
ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 Eight-foot (High Output) 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts OR program start
ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 Four-foot (both Standard and High Output) 30,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts OR 36,000 rated
hours on program start ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 Two-foot and Three-foot 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts OR program start
ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 U-Bent 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts OR 24,000 rated
hours on program start ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-5 (both Standard and High Output) 25,000 rated hours on program start ballasts
Compact fluorescent lamps, non-integral ballast 12,000 rated hours
Compact florescent lamps, integral ballast, bare
bulb
10,000 rated hours
Compact fluorescent lamps, integral ballast,
covered models such as globes, reflectors & A-19s
8,000 rated hours
High Pressure Sodium Lamp Criteria
All HPS Use non cycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction
lamps
Note: Longer lamp life contributes to lower mercury use by reducing the frequency of lamp replacement.
Do not specify or install circular fluorescent lamps on the project.
Do not specify or install probe start metal halide lamps in the project.

A percentage of the total value of all freestanding furniture and medical furnishings, including mattresses, foams, panel fabrics, cubicle curtains, window coverings, and other textiles, used in the project (based on cost) must meet the criteria in one of the three options below. The minimum percentage for each point is as follows:

Built-in casework and built-in millwork items must be included in the base building calculations, even if manufactured offsite. The dollar value of any individual product may be included in the total qualifying value if the product meets the criteria of any of the three options.

Option 1

All components of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly, including textiles, finishes and dyes, must contain less than 100 parts per million (ppm) of at least four of the five following chemical groups:

  • Urea formaldehyde.

  • Heavy metals including mercury, cadmium, lead, antimony.
  • Hexavalent chromium in plated finishes consistent with the Restriction of the Use of
  • Certain Hazardous Substances of the European Union Directive (EU RoHS).
  • Stain and non-stick treatments derived from Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs), including Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA).
  • Added antimicrobial treatments.

If the total weight is more than five percent of the product by weight, furniture components must be included.

Option 2

All components of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly,(including textiles, finishes and dyes, must contain less than 100 parts per million (ppm) of at least two of the five chemicals of materials listed in Option 1 AND the product must meet or exceed the indoor air quality requirements of California’s Special Environmental Requirements, Specifications Section 01350, updated with California Department of Public Health Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers version 1.1 (CDPH/EHLB StandardMethod v1.1) as determined by independent laboratory testing and using the standard office building furniture protocol parameters.

The following programs currently utilize 01350 requirements for compliance for furniture:

  • Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Advantage Gold Environmental Certification Program

  • Greenguard Product Emission Standard for Children & Schools
Option 3

All components of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly, including textiles, finishes and dyes, must meet the sustainably sourced materials criteria (salvaged, recycled, rapidly renewable, FSC-certified wood, local manufactured) of the MR Credit 3: Sustainably Sourced Materials and Products. Note: Furniture and medical furnishings do not contribute to MR Credit 3.

As part of the project’s recycling collection system, identify the following:

  • types of mercury-containing products and devices to be collected;

  • criteria governing how they are to be handled by a recycling program; and
  • disposal methods for captured mercury.

Applicable mercury-containing products and devices include, but are not limited to, lamps (such as linear and circular fluorescents, integrally ballasted and nonintegrally ballasted compact fluorescents and HIDs) and dental wastes (such as scrap amalgam, chair side traps, and separator wastes).

In facilities delivering dental care, specify and install amalgam separation devices that meet or exceed the ISO-11143 standard.

Comply with the mercury elimination requirements outlined below, from the 2010 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, Section A1.3- 4b, Mercury Elimination.

  • 4.2.1.1. New construction: healthcare facilities may not use mercury-containing equipment, including thermostats, switching devices, and other building system sources. Lamps are excluded.

  • 4.2.1.2. Renovation: healthcare facilities must develop a plan to phase out mercury-containing products and upgrade current mercury-containing lamps to high-efficiency, low-mercury, or mercury-free lamp technology.

Do not specify or install preheat, T-9, T-10, or T-12 fluorescents or mercury vapor high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps in the project. Do not specify probe-start metal halide HID lamps in any interior spaces.

Specify and install illuminated exit signs that do not contain mercury and use less than 5 watts of electricity.

Fluorescent and high-pressure sodium lamps must meet the criteria in Table 1.

Table 1. maximum mercury content of lamps

Lamp Maximum content
T-8 fluorescent, eight-foot 10 mg mercury
T-8 fluorescent, four-foot 3.5 mg mercury
T-8 fluorescent- two foot and three foot 3.5 mg mercury
T-8 fluorescent, U-bent 6 mg mercury
T-5 fluorescent, linear 2.5 mg mercury
T-5 fluorescent, circular 9 mg mercury
Compact fluorescent, nonintegral ballast 3.5 mg mercury
Compact fluorescent, integral ballast 3.5 mg mercury, ENERGY STAR qualified
   
High-pressure sodium, up to 400 watts 10 mg mercury
High-pressure sodium, above 400 watts 32 mg mercury

As part of the project’s recycling collection system, identify the following:

  • types of mercury-containing products and devices to be collected;

  • criteria governing how they are to be handled by a recycling program; and
  • disposal methods for captured mercury.

Applicable mercury-containing products and devices include, but are not limited to, lamps (such as linear and circular fluorescents, integrally ballasted and nonintegrally ballasted compact fluorescents and HIDs) and dental wastes (such as scrap amalgam, chair side traps, and separator wastes).

In facilities delivering dental care, specify and install amalgam separation devices that meet or exceed the ISO-11143 standard.

Comply with the mercury elimination requirements outlined below, from the 2010 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities, Section A1.3- 4b, Mercury Elimination.

  • 4.2.1.1. New construction: healthcare facilities may not use mercury-containing equipment, including thermostats, switching devices, and other building system sources. Lamps are excluded.

  • 4.2.1.2. Renovation: healthcare facilities must develop a plan to phase out mercury-containing products and upgrade current mercury-containing lamps to high-efficiency, low-mercury, or mercury-free lamp technology.

Do not specify or install preheat, T-9, T-10, or T-12 fluorescents or mercury vapor high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps in the project. Do not specify probe-start metal halide HID lamps in any interior spaces.

Specify and install illuminated exit signs that do not contain mercury and use less than 5 watts of electricity.

Fluorescent and high-pressure sodium lamps must meet the criteria in Table 1.

Table 1. maximum mercury content of lamps

Lamp Maximum content
T-8 fluorescent, eight-foot 10 mg mercury
T-8 fluorescent, four-foot 3.5 mg mercury
T-8 fluorescent- two foot and three foot 3.5 mg mercury
T-8 fluorescent, U-bent 6 mg mercury
T-5 fluorescent, linear 2.5 mg mercury
T-5 fluorescent, circular 9 mg mercury
Compact fluorescent, nonintegral ballast 3.5 mg mercury
Compact fluorescent, integral ballast 3.5 mg mercury, ENERGY STAR qualified
   
High-pressure sodium, up to 400 watts 10 mg mercury
High-pressure sodium, above 400 watts 32 mg mercury

Specify and install fluorescent lamps with both low mercury content (MR Prerequisite PBT Source Reduction—Mercury) and long lamp life, as listed in Table 1.

Table 1. criteria for rate life of low-mercury lamps

Lamp Maximum content Lamp Life (hrs)
T-8 fluorescent, eight-foot 10 mg mercury standard output - 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
high output - 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent, four-foot 3.5 mg mercury both standard and high output 30,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts, or 36,000 rated hours on program start ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent- two foot and three foot 3.5 mg mercury 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent, U-bent 6 mg mercury 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts, or 24,000 rated hours on program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-5 fluorescent, linear 2.5 mg mercury both standard and high output - 25,000 rated hours on program start ballasts
Compact fluorescent, nonintegral ballast 3.5 mg mercury 12,000 rated hours
Compact fluorescent, integral ballast 3.5 mg mercury, ENERGY STAR qualified Bare bulb - 10,000 rated hours
covered models such as globes, reflectors, A-19s - 8,000 rated hours
     
High-pressure sodium, up to 400 watts 10 mg mercury Use noncycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction lamps
High-pressure sodium, above 400 watts 32 mg mercury Use noncycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction lamps

Do not specify or install circular fluorescent lamps or probe start metal halide lamps.

Specify and install fluorescent lamps with both low mercury content (MR Prerequisite PBT Source Reduction—Mercury) and long lamp life, as listed in Table 1.

Table 1. criteria for rate life of low-mercury lamps

Lamp Maximum content Lamp Life (hrs)
T-8 fluorescent, eight-foot 10 mg mercury standard output - 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
high output - 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent, four-foot 3.5 mg mercury both standard and high output 30,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts, or 36,000 rated hours on program start ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent- two foot and three foot 3.5 mg mercury 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent, U-bent 6 mg mercury 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts, or 24,000 rated hours on program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-5 fluorescent, linear 2.5 mg mercury both standard and high output - 25,000 rated hours on program start ballasts
Compact fluorescent, nonintegral ballast 3.5 mg mercury 12,000 rated hours
Compact fluorescent, integral ballast 3.5 mg mercury, ENERGY STAR qualified Bare bulb - 10,000 rated hours
covered models such as globes, reflectors, A-19s - 8,000 rated hours
     
High-pressure sodium, up to 400 watts 10 mg mercury Use noncycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction lamps
High-pressure sodium, above 400 watts 32 mg mercury Use noncycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction lamps

Do not specify or install circular fluorescent lamps or probe start metal halide lamps.

Specify substitutes for materials manufactured with lead and cadmium, as follows.

Lead
  • For water intended for human consumption, specify and use solder and flux to connect plumbing pipe on site that meets the California AB1953 standard, which specifies that solder not contain more than 0.2% lead, and flux not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead for wetted surfaces. The “lead free” label as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) does not provide adequate screening for the purposes of this credit because the SDWA defines “lead free” as solders and flux containing 0.2% lead or less.

  • For water intended for human consumption, specify and use pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and faucets that meet the California law AB1953 of a weighted average lead content of the wetted surface area of not more than 0.25% lead.
  • Specify and use lead-free roofing and flashing.
  • Specify and use electrical wire and cable with lead content less than 300 parts per million.
  • Specify no use of interior or exterior paints containing lead.
  • For renovation projects, ensure the removal and appropriate disposal of disconnected wires with lead stabilizers, consistent with the 2002 National Electric Code requirements.

Lead used for radiation shielding and copper used for MRI shielding are exempt.

Cadmium
  • Specify no use of interior or exterior paints containing intentionally added cadmium.
Copper
  • For copper pipe applications, reduce or eliminate joint-related sources of copper corrosion:

    • use mechanically crimped copper joint systems; or

    • specify that all solder joints comply with ASTM B828 2002, and specify and use ASTM B813 2010 for flux.

Specify substitutes for materials manufactured with lead and cadmium, as follows.

Lead
  • For water intended for human consumption, specify and use solder and flux to connect plumbing pipe on site that meets the California AB1953 standard, which specifies that solder not contain more than 0.2% lead, and flux not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead for wetted surfaces. The “lead free” label as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) does not provide adequate screening for the purposes of this credit because the SDWA defines “lead free” as solders and flux containing 0.2% lead or less.

  • For water intended for human consumption, specify and use pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and faucets that meet the California law AB1953 of a weighted average lead content of the wetted surface area of not more than 0.25% lead.
  • Specify and use lead-free roofing and flashing.
  • Specify and use electrical wire and cable with lead content less than 300 parts per million.
  • Specify no use of interior or exterior paints containing lead.
  • For renovation projects, ensure the removal and appropriate disposal of disconnected wires with lead stabilizers, consistent with the 2002 National Electric Code requirements.

Lead used for radiation shielding and copper used for MRI shielding are exempt.

Cadmium
  • Specify no use of interior or exterior paints containing intentionally added cadmium.
Copper
  • For copper pipe applications, reduce or eliminate joint-related sources of copper corrosion:

    • use mechanically crimped copper joint systems; or

    • specify that all solder joints comply with ASTM B828 2002, and specify and use ASTM B813 2010 for flux.

Use at least 30% (1 point) or 40% (2 points), by cost, of all freestanding furniture and medical furnishings (e.g., mattresses, foams, panel fabrics, cubicle curtains, window coverings, other textiles) that meet the criteria in one of the following three options.

Include built-in casework and built-in millwork in the base building calculations, even if manufactured off site. The dollar value of any individual product may be included in the total qualifying value if the product meets the criteria.

Option 1. minimal chemical content

All components that constitute at least 5%, by weight, of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly, including textiles, finishes, and dyes, must contain less than 100 parts per million (ppm) of at least four of the five following chemical groups:

  • urea formaldehyde;

  • heavy metals, including mercury, cadmium, lead, and antimony;
  • hexavalent chromium in plated finishes consistent with the European Union Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (EU RoHS);
  • stain and nonstick treatments derived from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); and
  • added antimicrobial treatments.
Option 2. testing and modeling of chemical content

All components of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly, including textiles, finishes, and dyes, must contain less than 100 parts per million (ppm) of at least two of the five chemicals or materials listed in Option 1.

New furniture or medical furnishing assemblies must be in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA Standard Method M7.1–2011. Comply with ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard, Sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, using either the concentration modeling approach or the emissions factor approach. Model the test results using the open plan, private office, or seating scenario in ANSI/BIFMA M7.1, as appropriate. USGBC-approved equivalent testing methodologies and contaminant thresholds are also acceptable. Documentation submitted for furniture must indicate the modeling scenarioused to determine compliance.

Salvaged and reused furniture more than one year old at the time of use is considered compliant, provided it meets the requirements for any site-applied paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants.

Option 3. Multi-Attribute Assessment of Products

Use products that meet at least one of the criteria below. Each product can receive credit for each criterion met. The scope of any environmental product declaration (EPD) must be at least cradle to gate.

  • Product-specific declaration.

    • Products with a publicly available, critically reviewed life-cycle assessment conforming to ISO 14044 that have at least a cradle to gate scope are valued as one quarter (1/4) of a product for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.
  • Environmental Product Declarations which conform to ISO 14025, 14040, 14044, and EN 15804 or ISO 21930 and have at least a cradle to gate scope.
    • Industry-wide (generic) EPD -- Products with third-party certification (Type III), including external verification, in which the manufacturer is explicitly recognized as a participant by the program operator are valued as one half (1/2) of a product for purposes of credit achievement calculation.

    • Product-specific Type III EPD -- Products with third-party certification (Type III), including external verification in which the manufacturer is explicitly recognized as the participant by the program operator are valued as one whole product for purposes of credit achievement calculation.
  • Materials reuse. Use salvaged, refurbished, or reused products.
  • Recycled content. Use products with recycled content. Recycled content is the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half the pre-consumer recycled content.
  • Extended producer responsibility. Products purchased from a manufacturer (producer) that participates in an extended producer responsibility program or is directly responsible for extended producer responsibility.
  • Bio-based materials. Bio-based products must meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Bio-based raw materials must be tested using ASTM Test Method D6866 and be legally harvested, as defined by the exporting and receiving country. Exclude hide products, such as leather and other animal skin material.
  • Wood products. Wood products must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or USGBC-approved equivalent.

Products that meet the above criteria are valued according to source location (extraction, manufacture, and purchase point must be within the distances noted below):

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.

Use at least 30% (1 point) or 40% (2 points), by cost, of all freestanding furniture and medical furnishings (e.g., mattresses, foams, panel fabrics, cubicle curtains, window coverings, other textiles) that meet the criteria in one of the following three options.

Include built-in casework and built-in millwork in the base building calculations, even if manufactured off site. The dollar value of any individual product may be included in the total qualifying value if the product meets the criteria.

Option 1. minimal chemical content

All components that constitute at least 5%, by weight, of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly, including textiles, finishes, and dyes, must contain less than 100 parts per million (ppm) of at least four of the five following chemical groups:

  • urea formaldehyde;

  • heavy metals, including mercury, cadmium, lead, and antimony;
  • hexavalent chromium in plated finishes consistent with the European Union Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (EU RoHS);
  • stain and nonstick treatments derived from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); and
  • added antimicrobial treatments.

AND/OR

Option 2. testing and modeling of chemical content

All components of a furniture or medical furnishing assembly, including textiles, finishes, and dyes, must contain less than 100 parts per million (ppm) of at least two of the five chemicals or materials listed in Option 1.

New furniture or medical furnishing assemblies must be in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA Standard Method M7.1–2011. Comply with ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard, Sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, using either the concentration modeling approach or the emissions factor approach. Model the test results using the open plan, private office, or seating scenario in ANSI/BIFMA M7.1, as appropriate. USGBC-approved equivalent testing methodologies and contaminant thresholds are also acceptable. Documentation submitted for furniture must indicate the modeling scenarioused to determine compliance.

Salvaged and reused furniture more than one year old at the time of use is considered compliant, provided it meets the requirements for any site-applied paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants.

Option 3. Multi-Attribute Assessment of Products

Use products that meet at least one of the criteria below. Each product can receive credit for each criterion met. The scope of any environmental product declaration (EPD) must be at least cradle to gate.

  • Product-specific declaration.

    • Products with a publicly available, critically reviewed life-cycle assessment conforming to ISO 14044 that have at least a cradle to gate scope are valued as one quarter (1/4) of a product for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.
  • Environmental Product Declarations which conform to ISO 14025, 14040, 14044, and EN 15804 or ISO 21930 and have at least a cradle to gate scope.
    • Industry-wide (generic) EPD -- Products with third-party certification (Type III), including external verification, in which the manufacturer is explicitly recognized as a participant by the program operator are valued as one half (1/2) of a product for purposes of credit achievement calculation.

    • Product-specific Type III EPD -- Products with third-party certification (Type III), including external verification in which the manufacturer is explicitly recognized as the participant by the program operator are valued as one whole product for purposes of credit achievement calculation.
  • Materials reuse. Use salvaged, refurbished, or reused products.
  • Recycled content. Use products with recycled content. Recycled content is the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half the pre-consumer recycled content.
  • Extended producer responsibility. Products purchased from a manufacturer (producer) that participates in an extended producer responsibility program or is directly responsible for extended producer responsibility.
  • Bio-based materials. Bio-based products must meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Sustainable Agriculture Standard. Bio-based raw materials must be tested using ASTM Test Method D6866 and be legally harvested, as defined by the exporting and receiving country. Exclude hide products, such as leather and other animal skin material.
  • Wood products. Wood products must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or USGBC-approved equivalent.

Products that meet the above criteria are valued according to source location (extraction, manufacture, and purchase point must be within the distances noted below):

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost.

Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.
Option 2. Material ingredient optimization (1 point)

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:

    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.

    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Gold: 100% of cost

    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Platinum: 150% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization or Candidate list, value at 100% of cost.
  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with USGBC approved building product optimization criteria.
Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.

AND/OR

Option 2. Material ingredient optimization (1 point)

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:

    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.

    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Gold: 100% of cost

    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Platinum: 150% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization or Candidate list, value at 100% of cost.
  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with USGBC approved building product optimization criteria.
AND/OR
Option 3. Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Use building products for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project that:

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers who engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs which at a minimum document at least 99% (by weight) of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material, and

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers with independent third party verification of their supply chain that at a minimum verifies:
    • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation

    • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
    • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

Products meeting Option 3 criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.

For credit achievement calculation of options 2 and 3, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the value of individual products compliant with either option 2 or 3 can be combined to reach the 25% threshold but products compliant with both option 2 and 3 may only be counted once.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.

AND/OR

Option 2. Material ingredient optimization (1 point)

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:

    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.

    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Gold: 100% of cost

    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Platinum: 150% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization or Candidate list, value at 100% of cost.
  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with USGBC approved building product optimization criteria.
AND/OR
Option 3. Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Use building products for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project that:

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers who engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs which at a minimum document at least 99% (by weight) of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material, and

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers with independent third party verification of their supply chain that at a minimum verifies:
    • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation

    • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
    • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

Products meeting Option 3 criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.

For credit achievement calculation of options 2 and 3, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the value of individual products compliant with either option 2 or 3 can be combined to reach the 25% threshold but products compliant with both option 2 and 3 may only be counted once.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Meet the requirements of the credit above and include furniture and furnishings within the project’s scope of work.

Specify and install fluorescent lamps with both low mercury content (MR Prerequisite PBT Source Reduction—Mercury) and long lamp life, as listed in Table 1.

Table 1. criteria for rate life of low-mercury lamps

Lamp Maximum content Lamp Life (hrs)
T-8 fluorescent, eight-foot 10 mg mercury standard output - 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
high output - 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent, four-foot 3.5 mg mercury both standard and high output 30,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts, or 36,000 rated hours on program start ballasts (3 hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent- two foot and three foot 3.5 mg mercury 24,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts or program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-8 fluorescent, U-bent 6 mg mercury 18,000 rated hours on instant start ballasts, or 24,000 rated hours on program start ballasts (3-hour starts)
T-5 fluorescent, linear 2.5 mg mercury both standard and high output - 25,000 rated hours on program start ballasts
Compact fluorescent, nonintegral ballast 3.5 mg mercury 12,000 rated hours
Compact fluorescent, integral ballast 3.5 mg mercury, ENERGY STAR qualified Bare bulb - 10,000 rated hours
covered models such as globes, reflectors, A-19s - 8,000 rated hours
     
High-pressure sodium, up to 400 watts 10 mg mercury Use noncycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction lamps
High-pressure sodium, above 400 watts 32 mg mercury Use noncycling type or replace with LED lamps or induction lamps

Do not specify or install circular fluorescent lamps or probe start metal halide lamps.

Material ingredient optimization

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with building product optimization criteria approved by USGBC.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:
    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.
    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle v2 Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle Gold: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle Platinum: 150% of cost
  • Cradle to Cradle v3 Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization1 or Candidate2 list, value at 100% of cost.

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the base contributing cost of individual products compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted to exceed 100% its total actual cost (before regional multipliers) and double counting of single product components compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted and in no case is a product permitted to contribute more than 200% of its total actual cost.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Additional questions
  1. Did your project use the actual or default materials cost to determine the total materials cost?
  2. How did your team determine or estimate the actual materials cost? What method was used?
  3. Where there any challenges in determining the total materials cost? What were they?
  4. If applicable, how would using the actual materials cost verses the default materials cost have effected credit achievement?
Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.
AND/OR
Option 3. Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Use building products for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project that:

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers who engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs which at a minimum document at least 99% (by weight) of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material, and

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers with independent third party verification of their supply chain that at a minimum verifies:
    • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation

    • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
    • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

Products meeting Option 3 criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.

Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Project Team: Use building products that are sourced from product manufacturers who procure raw materials from suppliers meeting criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

Manufacturers: Engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs. Document at least 99% by weight of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material are sourced from companies with independent third party verification of the following along the manufacturer supply chain:

  • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation
  • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
  • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the base contributing cost of individual products compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted to exceed 100% its total actual cost (before regional multipliers) and double counting of single product components compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted and in no case is a product permitted to contribute more than 200% of its total actual cost.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Additional questions
  1. Did your project use the actual or default materials cost to determine the total materials cost?
  2. How did your team determine or estimate the actual materials cost? What method was used?
  3. Where there any challenges in determining the total materials cost? What were they?
  4. If applicable, how would using the actual materials cost verses the default materials cost have effected credit achievement?
Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Project Team: Use building products that are sourced from product manufacturers who procure raw materials from suppliers meeting criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

Manufacturers: Engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs. Document at least 99% by weight of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material are sourced from companies with independent third party verification of the following along the manufacturer supply chain:

  • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation
  • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
  • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the base contributing cost of individual products compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted to exceed 100% its total actual cost (before regional multipliers) and double counting of single product components compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted and in no case is a product permitted to contribute more than 200% of its total actual cost.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Additional questions
  1. Did your project use the actual or default materials cost to determine the total materials cost?
  2. How did your team determine or estimate the actual materials cost? What method was used?
  3. Where there any challenges in determining the total materials cost? What were they?
  4. If applicable, how would using the actual materials cost verses the default materials cost have effected credit achievement?
Material ingredient optimization

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with building product optimization criteria approved by USGBC.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:
    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.
    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle v2 Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle Gold: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle Platinum: 150% of cost
  • Cradle to Cradle v3 Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization1 or Candidate2 list, value at 100% of cost.

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the base contributing cost of individual products compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted to exceed 100% its total actual cost (before regional multipliers) and double counting of single product components compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted and in no case is a product permitted to contribute more than 200% of its total actual cost.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Additional questions
  1. Did your project use the actual or default materials cost to determine the total materials cost?
  2. How did your team determine or estimate the actual materials cost? What method was used?
  3. Where there any challenges in determining the total materials cost? What were they?
  4. If applicable, how would using the actual materials cost verses the default materials cost have effected credit achievement?
Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.
Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.

AND/OR

Option 2. Material ingredient optimization (1 point)

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:

    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.

    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Gold: 100% of cost

    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Platinum: 150% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization or Candidate list, value at 100% of cost.
  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with USGBC approved building product optimization criteria.
AND/OR
Option 3. Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Use building products for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project that:

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers who engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs which at a minimum document at least 99% (by weight) of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material, and

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers with independent third party verification of their supply chain that at a minimum verifies:
    • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation

    • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
    • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

Products meeting Option 3 criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.

For credit achievement calculation of options 2 and 3, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the value of individual products compliant with either option 2 or 3 can be combined to reach the 25% threshold but products compliant with both option 2 and 3 may only be counted once.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)

Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

  • Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:

    • A publicly available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)

    • Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark, as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
  • Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
  • Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle v2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
  • USGBC approved program. Other USGBC approved programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria.

AND/OR

Option 2. Material ingredient optimization (1 point)

Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

  • GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:

    • If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.

    • If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
  • Cradle to Cradle Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Gold: 100% of cost

    • Cradle to Cradle v2 Platinum: 150% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Silver: 100% of cost
    • Cradle to Cradle v3 Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
  • International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization or Candidate list, value at 100% of cost.
  • USGBC approved program. Products that comply with USGBC approved building product optimization criteria.
AND/OR
Option 3. Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Use building products for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project that:

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers who engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs which at a minimum document at least 99% (by weight) of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material, and

  • Are sourced from product manufacturers with independent third party verification of their supply chain that at a minimum verifies:
    • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation

    • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
    • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
    • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

Products meeting Option 3 criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.

For credit achievement calculation of options 2 and 3, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the value of individual products compliant with either option 2 or 3 can be combined to reach the 25% threshold but products compliant with both option 2 and 3 may only be counted once.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)

Project Team: Use building products that are sourced from product manufacturers who procure raw materials from suppliers meeting criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.

Manufacturers: Engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs. Document at least 99% by weight of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material are sourced from companies with independent third party verification of the following along the manufacturer supply chain:

  • Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation
  • Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
  • Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
  • Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain

For credit achievement calculation, products sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within 100 miles (160 km) of the project site are valued at 200% of their base contributing cost. For credit achievement calculation, the base contributing cost of individual products compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted to exceed 100% its total actual cost (before regional multipliers) and double counting of single product components compliant with multiple responsible extraction criteria is not permitted and in no case is a product permitted to contribute more than 200% of its total actual cost.

Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products.

Additional questions
  1. Did your project use the actual or default materials cost to determine the total materials cost?
  2. How did your team determine or estimate the actual materials cost? What method was used?
  3. Where there any challenges in determining the total materials cost? What were they?
  4. If applicable, how would using the actual materials cost verses the default materials cost have effected credit achievement?
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