Entry Type ID Date Applicable Rating System Primary Credit Inquiry (LIs) Ruling (LIs) Related Addenda/LIs Related Resources Campus Applicable Internationally Applicable Country Applicability Reference Guide (Addenda) Page (Addenda) Location (Addenda) Description of Change (Addenda) "LEED Interpretation" "10058" "2011-05-09" "New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "MRc6/7: Certified Wood" "Are pews in a church classified as furniture if they are not permanently installed and therefore do not need to be included in credit calculations?" "The pews can be excluded from the calculations. The inclusion of wood costs for MRc7 calculations only include permanently installed materials. Furnishings (Division 12) are not required to be included in this if excluded from all other materials costs calculations. Applicable internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2010" "2008-01-28" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "MRc6/7: Certified Wood" "Our project includes structural Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). The project requires LVL engineered wood framing for its structural properties and its visual consistency with the surrounding environment. Because this product is exposed throughout, we were not able to find acceptable substitutes that would maintain the integrity of the design and fit the program requirements of the building. The LVL material is Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified. We searched all available sources including the FSC-US, for FSC certified LVL products, but they were impossible to find. FSC certified LVL material is not currently available in the United States. We received a letter from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) that confirms that the FSC is unable to locate a U.S. supplier of FSC-certified laminated veneer lumber (LVL) at this time. The SFI certified LVL materials are the greenest option available. Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Criteria, from SFI 2005-2009 Standard: To practice sustainable forestry to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs by practicing a land stewardship ethic that integrates reforestation and the managing, growing, nurturing, and harvesting of trees for useful products with the conservation of soil, air and water quality, biological diversity, wildlife and aquatic habitat, recreation, and aesthetics. Since FSC certified LVL material is not available, the SFI certified LVL material will count against the credit as calculated in Equation 1. We submit that the SFI material meets the intent of the credit, since it promotes sustainable and responsible forest management. We request an interpretation for documenting the costs of LVL material in either of the two altered equations: Equation A: Include the cost of the LVL material with the FSC certified material, so that it counts toward the credit. Certified Wood Material Percentage= (FSC certified wood material cost + SFI certified LVL cost) / Total new wood material cost Equation B: Take the LVL material out of the equation all together, so that it does not count toward the credit, or count against the credit. This interpretation is makes the requirement more stringent than Equation A. Certified Wood Material Percentage= FSC certified wood material cost, not including SFI certified LVL cost / Total new wood material cost, not including SFI certified LVL cost." "The project is having a difficult time sourcing FSC certified laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and is requesting that they be allowed to substitute SFI certified LVL; or that the LVL be excluded from their FSC calculations due to scarcity. At this time, only Forest Stewardship Council certified woods are acceptable to achieve this credit. It is not possible to exclude non-FSC items from your MRc7 calculations at this time. This credit is currently under consideration for revision by the MR TAG. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2091" "2008-04-25" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "MRc6/7: Certified Wood" "We are designing two new residence life buildings for a University in New Jersey. The buildings contain wood products that are not readily available with FSC certification, such as SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) being used for the wall structure and enclosure which precludes us from achieving this credit. However, understanding the intent of the credit is to encourage the use of sustainably harvested wood in projects, we will be removing 129 mature oak trees from the campus, which is located in a developed community, to construct these buildings. We intend to have these trees harvested by a 3rd party FSC certified lumber company, using horses for low carbon impact in lieu of heavily machinery, and shipping the lumber via rail to Amish mills in Pennsylvania where the trees will be milled and made available to the local market as FSC certified wood for flooring, cabinetry, framing lumber, etc. As you know, obtaining FSC lumber is often costly and a schedule issue due to supply constraints and locality and often carries a heavy carbon footprint penalty as a result of shipping. Although the building itself is unable to use this resource, the quantity of FSC wood this project will inject in to the local market is substantial and meets the intent of the credit in promoting the use of FSC wood by providing a local, available, cost effective source for a significant quantity of FSC lumber. Would we still qualify for this credit or be eligible for an innovation credit as a result of this unique approach to responsibly managing and reusing this valuable resource?" "The intent of MRc7 is to, ""Encourage environmentally responsible forest management."" While the described actions will increase the supply of a certified product they will only indirectly contribute to environmentally responsible forest management. In this case the forest/trees are being destroyed to provide a space for this building and does not relate to the credit intent. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2393" "2009-03-20" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "MRc6/7: Certified Wood" "Our project is an office building with multiple stores where most occupied areas comprise open spaces. We are intended to apply composite wood products in the technical floor (floating floor) and panels as wall covering. The building is located in Europe (Portugal), where the most recognized forest management certification scheme is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). As a general rule, LEED system defines standards and testing agency/protocol that need to be met in order to comply with a LEED credit. However, LEED also often refers that local standards or codes can be used if we can demonstrate that such standards/codes are equivalents or more stringent. The PEFC Council is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC is a global scheme that provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests. In order to verify if PEFC was equivalent or more stringent than FSC, we used the CEPI Matrix that is a comparative matrix of forest certification schemes. This matrix has been developed by the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) in 1999. CEPI is a Brussels-based non-profit organization which is composed by 18 member countries (16 European Union members plus Norway and Switzerland) and represents some 800 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, representing 27% of world production. Additionally, to support our statement, we\'d like to refer to the document ""A comparison of the Forest Stewardship Council and the Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification"" (report prepared by Forest Industries Intelligence Limited to the Confederation of European Paper Industries, April 2006. http://www.forestrycertification.info/Documents/fscpefccomparisontext_final.doc ) Therefore and based on all mentioned above, we\'d like to request permission to use PEFC certified timber products, which is equivalent to FSC, in order to comply with this LEED credit." "The project is located in Portugal, and is requesting recognition of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) as an equivalent standard to the Forest Stewardship Council. The acceptance of local standards or codes is only applicable if the established US standard does not exist in a project\'s region or country. As the Forest Stewardship Council program is an international standard, with presence in Portugal, a local equivalent can not be accepted as a substitute for this program. Applicable Internationally; Portugal. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "2535" "2009-04-22" "New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, Schools - New Construction" "MRc6/7: Certified Wood" "We are seeking clarification on MR 7 as related to the use of FSC bamboo plywood and FSC bamboo flooring products. Similar to hardwoods, bamboo forests are most sustainable when only 20 percent of the bamboo is harvested in any given year, leaving the forest canopy uncompromised and the ecosystem intact. Poorly managed bamboo forests have detrimental effects on the local economy and the environment. With demand increasing for this natural resource, FSC certification of bamboo sources ensures proper harvesting to protect the local economy and the environment. Smith & Fong\'s bamboo resource was certified by the European FSC-certifier Institut f" "The project team is seeking clarification as to whether or not bamboo can be considered a compliant material under the guidelines set forth in MRc7. The bamboo products in question have been harvested and sourced by companies that possess the necessary and current certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This proposal is consistent with the credit intent to, ""Encourage environmentally responsible forest management"". In addition, bamboo is often used in many of the same applications as wood products, and is considered by the FSC to be a forest product despite its technical classification as a grass. Therefore, bamboo may be included in the calculations for both MRc6 and MRc7. If bamboo is added to the MRc7 calculations, all bamboo on the project (FSC or otherwise) must be accounted for in the value for all new wood-based components for the project. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5068" "2007-08-28" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "MRc6/7: Certified Wood" "LEED-NC version 2.2 Rating System, MR Credit 7, Certified Wood, page 58 states: ""Use a minimum of 50% of wood-based materials and products, which are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council\'s (FSC) Principles and Criteria, for wood building components. These components include, but are not limited to, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes. --Only include materials permanently installed in the project."" Is this regulation that narrows LEED credit achievement to permanently installed wood materials subject to any errata sheets, administrative rulings, interpretations, etc. that allow non-permanently installed wood materials to be included in the calculations of FSC certified wood for this credit? Also, assuming that the 50% required for credit achievement is met, please clarify 1. whether this point can be earned by including temporary wood products in the calculation of FSC certified wood products (in addition to the permanently installed wood products), and 2. whether this point can also be earned with achievement among the temporary wood products alone (without any FSC certified wood among the permanently installed wood products but by including the non-FSC-certified permanently installed wood products in the base amounts of wood products)." "The inquiry is seeking clarification on whether temporary wood products may be included in the MRc7 calculation, and if so, whether the entire 50% of wood materials for the credit may be met by the temporary wood products. Per the LEED-NC v2.2 Reference Guide, First Edition October 2005, Errata Sheet posted November 17, 2005, as well as the LEED-NC v2.2 Reference Guide, Second Edition September 2006, ""wood products purchased for temporary use on the project (e.g. formwork, bracing, scaffolding, sidewalk protection, and guardrails) may be included in the calculation at the project team\'s discretion. If any such materials are included, all such materials must be included in the calculation. If such materials are purchased for use on multiple projects, the applicant may include these materials for only one project, at its discretion."" This credit is achievable through the temporary wood products alone, as long as all permanent wood products are also included in the wood total. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X"