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" "1606" "2006-10-23" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "We propose the following design innovation on the basis of exemplary performance against the Materials and Resources Prerequisite 1: Storage and Collection of Materials, submitted on the basis that the client significantly exceed the requirements of the prerequisite, through the implementation of an award winning campus recycling program. The client (AHM) operate a Campus-wide recycling program serving all existing buildings within the Torrance campus. This program will be extended to incorporate this new building. This program has been in place for over 5 years and has won a number of awards including WRAP awards (Waste Reduction Awards Program) which is run by the State of California. Not content with merely maintaining this program, the client (AHM) are continuously trying to improve upon the existing program and further increase the % of waste that is recycled. Since receiving the 2004 WRAP of the year award, AHM has increased its recycling efforts by approximately 22%. This increase has come in spite of AHM\'s effort to eliminate duplicate reports, periodicals, newspapers, and their continued efforts to reduce the use of office paper, and other recyclable products. This was accomplished by; improving and increasing their ""AHM Recycling, Reduction and Elimination"" communications and related programs that involved the total employee population. They have been able to eliminate non-recyclables from the recyclable products through employee awareness and improved sorting methods. AHM also provide inhouse waste reduction training for their staff. By sponsoring and publicizing their recent win of the 2004 ""WRAP of the Year Award"" AHM has been able to further increase awareness, participation, pride, and appreciation in all of our waste reduction programs at the Torrance campus. AHM has adopted a policy of re-using materials in the construction of new products and buildings, and purchase recycled products were possible. Used furniture and all office equipment are now first considered for future moves and relocations within our organization. AHM now reuses tapes and diskettes, as well as donating used tapes and diskettes to non-profit organizations for continued use. Thousands of pounds of office equipment is either reused or donated to non-profit organizations, rather than being disposed of to landfills. New recyclable products have also been added to our recyclable collection programs (i.e. CD\'s / Jewel cases, wire harnesses etc). In back up to this Design Innovation, copies of the 2005 WRAP application and a summary of the 2005 Recycling & Waste Prevention Summary which demonstrates an 88.72% diversion rate for the site are available and will be submitted as part of the LEED submittal. AHM are continuing their commitment to Recycling and will be submitting later this year for the 2006 WRAP awards." "The project is inquiring about submitting a campus-wide recycling program for an Innovation & Design point. The program, as described, appears to surpass the recycling requirements of MR prerequisite 1 through the development of a comprehensive approach to recycling and waste reduction. Per the submitted narrative, a wide array of materials, beyond those required for prerequisite compliance, that would otherwise end up in a landfill, such as computers, office equipment, furniture, CDs, and diskettes are recycled. The CIR narrative complies with previous CIR Rulings (3/8/04, 9/6/05), by demonstrating an overall campus-wide recycling rate of 88.72% and by providing evidence of recognition from the CIWMB\'s WRAP program. Documentation of credit should include a copy of the project\'s WRAP application and award, as well as a summary of the 2005 Recycling & Waste Prevention Summary. Note: This interpretation is specific to your project description and does not establish precedent that other recycling programs will be acceptable for award of an ID point." "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "1630" "2006-07-07" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "The project occupies one floor of a ten-story building. The building owner currently implements a building-wide recycling program which includes paper, glass, plastics and metals. The LEED CI Reference Guide, Version 2.0 reguires that corrugated cardboard, in addition to the aforementioned materials, be included in the recycling program. Is it acceptable for the tenant to designate space for collection and contract with a separate materials handler for the recycling of corrugated cardboard?" "Yes, this approach meets the requirements of the prerequisite. As long as the space is easily accessible and all required materials are recycled, they do not have to be processed by a single materials handler. Applicable Internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "3010" "2001-09-28" "New Construction, Schools - New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell" "Does the area dedicated to the separation, collection, and storage of materials for recycling need to be entirely within the confines of the building? Our building has easily accessible areas for collection of recycled material on each floor. These indoor collection areas would not be large enough to accommodate all of the recycled volume between pick-ups from a recycling company. The recycled volume generated\ncould be accommodated by an outdoor recycle area that received the regularly emptied indoor recyclables performed by maintenance staff. Would we qualify for the prerequisite?" "The areas dedicated to the separation, collection and storage of recyclables on each floor AND any central collection area on the ground floor, basement, or project site (such as the loading dock) should follow the minimum recycling area guidelines as explained in the reformatted LEED Reference Guide (p.171). An outdoor recycling area designed to consolidate the recyclables from each floor periodically would qualify for the credit as long as the intent of the credit and the minimum area guidelines are observed. Applicable Internationally. " "1731" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5565" "2004-11-29" "New Construction" "For Materials and Resources Prerequisite 1, we would like to clarify the requirements for multi-family/multi-story residential projects. We are proposing to include central recycling areas, easily accessible to all occupants. Our project consists of two high rise towers and one level of townhouses. On level P1 of each tower we will provide a 260 square foot area dedicated to the collection and storage of recyclables. The ground floor will include a 100 square foot recycling area for townhouse residents. Our project includes space for the collection and separation of: glass and plastic bottles paper cardboard aluminum cans Total building square footage (minus parking) = 463,537 Number of residential units = 246 Total square footage of recycling area = 620 There will not be separate space for collection of recyclables on each floor. Please confirm that our approach will meet the requirements of Materials and Resources Prerequisite 1. " "For multi-family/ multi-story residential units, easily accessible and central recycling areas are appropriate for prerequisite compliance. Facilities must be provided for each building, with adequate capacity for all building occupants, and for all required recyclable material per LEED. The strategy outlined appears appropriate for prerequisite compliance. Additional information should be provided with the submittal describing how the recyclables will be handled such that the proposed area is sufficient for each building. As noted in MRp1 CIR Ruling 5/17/02: ""Table 3 (on page 189 of the LEED-NC v2.1 Reference Guide) provides Recycling Area Guidelines for commercial office buildings. If a project wishes to meet this prerequisite with less area than indicated in the guidelines , especially because the program is significantly unique, a narrative should be provided indicating how the recyclables will be handled such that the proposed area is sufficient.""" "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "5664" "2002-07-19" "New Construction" "MR Prerquisite 1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables Our new office building project has a square footage of 203,000 square feet. About 40,00 square feet of the building, however, is to serve as a warehouse on the lowest of its 2 basement floors. The site is small, and what would have been an independent warehouse is required to be effectively located under the new office building. Are we able to discount the warehouse area of the second basement from our calculation for the recycling area required by LEED and still meet the intent of the prerequisite? To do so would allow a recycling collection and storage area of 275 square feet, which would be located in this same warehouse area. As an additional reference, our firm is also handling 2 other building projects of the same office type; they are also registered with LEED. Both of these projects have new office building square footages of less than 200,000 square feet because their sites allow them to locate individual warehouse buildings elsewhere on the site." "The Recycling Area Guidelines in Table 3, p. 171, of the LEED Reference Guide (June 2001) provides recommendations for typical office buildings, not requirements. Other occupancy types may have higher or lower area needs for recycling, depending on the volume and type of recyclable materials generated. Using these guidelines, you can make a case for an appropriate recycling area for your project. A 275 SF recycling area would meet the requirements for the office recycling, at least in regard to paper, glass, plastic, and metals. However, as it is part of the building being certified, the warehouse component must also be addressed. Include in the credit narrative a description of recyclable materials (at least paper, glass, plastics, and metals) that will be generated by the warehouse and demonstrate that the provided area is sufficient to accommodate both office and warehouse recycling loads. Applicable internationally." "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5754" "2005-09-19" "New Construction" "Our project is located in a remote part of the Grand Teton National Park. Waste and recycling collection facilities are kept to a minimum in the building and on site and in accordance to park policy, it is a pack-it-in, pack-it-out facility-even trash bins aren\'t provided for visitors so there will also be no recycling bins. There is one full time occupant in the building, the park ranger, and he will have a waste bin by his desk that he will remove and sort when needed. The waste that he generates will be minimal, consisting mostly of lunch items which he will remove and sort trash from recyclables when needed on his own accord. To promote recycling in the facility, despite not providing facilities, we intend to a provide visitor education display describing the Parks efforts to reduce waste and encourage recycling by describing proper procedures and providing a map indicating the nearest recycling facilities. The park will also educate the park ranger on the benefits and importance of recycling. Will these efforts meet the intent of this credit? " "Given the remote location and nature of this park facility, your proposal will suffice as long as there is a bin at the employee\'s desk that is dedicated to recyclable materials. " "None" "None" "LEED Interpretation" "5898" "2005-08-23" "New Construction" "The project is a large call center of approximately 116 thousand gsf, divided roughly 3:1 between main floor and mezzanine work areas. Call center employees (as many as 600) are not ""permitted"" to consume food and beverages at their work stations. Recycling of glass, plastic and metals will be accommodated with approximately 60 sf of space for recycling containers distributed among the eight multipurpose and vending rooms used for breaks and meals. While these break room recycling areas may be located quite a distance from individual workstations, we assume that the prohibition on food consumption while working, combined with clearly marked containers in break and vending areas, will effectively facilitate reduction of glass, plastic, and metal waste. (At the same time, we are reticent about distributing recycling containers throughout the facility, to avoid work station consumption that would generate glass, plastic, and metal waste streams). Containers for recycling sensitive (confidential) paper and non-sensitive paper and cardboard will be widely distributed, at approximately 30 locations throughout the main floor and mezzanine to facilitate ready access to paper recycling containers. The space taken by these paper recycling containers will total 470 sf. Maintenance staff will consolidate and store sensitive paper in a secure area until it is picked up by a recycling contractor (along with the non-sensitive paper and cardboard). All other recyclables will be consolidated at a designated area of the loading dock, and stored until they are picked up and become a part of the municipality\'s single-stream recycling system that co-mingles paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals. Because the municipality takes a single stream of co-mingled materials the amount of space that will be taken by containers in the break and vending rooms is minimal. While the LEED-NC Reference Manual suggests a minimum dedicated recycling area of 275 sf for a facility of this size, we believe that our distributed recycling areas meet the intent of the prerequisite by placing the necessary containers for paper in close proximity to every employee, while placing containers for glass, plastic, and metals close to where their contents will be consumed. While individual recycling areas will be small, the overall space dedicated to recycling containers greatly exceeds the recommended minimum area. Will this approach meet prerequisite requirements? " "Yes, the project meets the intent of the credit. Include the required plan with the recycling areas highlighted in the LEED submittal. Applicable internationally." "None" "None" "X"