Increase demand for building products that have incorporated recycled content material, thereby reducing the impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.
Use materials, including furniture and Furnishings, with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus ½ (one-half) of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 20% of the total value of the materials in the project.
The value of the recycled content portion of a material shall be determined by dividing the weight of recycled content in the item by the total weight of all material in the item, then multiplying the resulting percentage by the total cost ($) of the item.
Furniture is defined as either retail display/shelving that is purchased as a unit from a manufacturer (regardless of where the assembly takes place) or as modular/freestanding furniture.
Please note that casework and built-in millwork items must be included in the base building calculations.
Mechanical and electrical components shall not be included in this calculation. Plumbing products however may be included. Recycled content materials shall be defined in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission document, Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, 16 CFR 260.7 (e), available at www.ftc.gov/bcp/grnrule/guides980427.htm.