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" "MRp1 - Storage and collection of recyclables" "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" "MRp1 - Storage and collection of recyclables" "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" "MRp1 - Storage and collection of recyclables" "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" "5527" "2003-04-10" "New Construction" "MRp1 - Storage and collection of recyclables" "Does the generation of biohazardous waste by building occupants preclude a project from being eligible for LEED Certification? The stated intent of the prerequisite is to ""Facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills."" Biohazardous waste generated by occupants in the proposed facility will not be hauled to and disposed of in landfills. Such waste will be temporarily held in an easily accessible area that serves the entire building and is separate from other waste holding areas. An independent service provider will periodically remove the waste from that location and will destroy it in a manner consistent with federal regulation. All other waste (at minimum: paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics and metals) not designated as biohazardous will be handled in a manner consistent with the intent and the requirements of the prerequisite. " "Biohazardous waste does not preclude achievement of this prerequisite; it is not applicable. Applicable Internationally. " "None" "None" "X" "LEED Interpretation" "5664" "2002-07-19" "New Construction" "MRp1 - Storage and collection of recyclables" "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" "5904" "2002-05-17" "New Construction" "MRp1 - Storage and collection of recyclables" "The proposed Ramapo Sustainability Center at the Ramapo College of New Jersey will be providing a convenient and accessible area to facilitate the buildin?s recycling program. As per the LEED MR Prerequisite, the project will be providing enough area to facilitate the recycling of paper, glass, plastics, and metals. In addition, the project will be composting human waste with composting toilets . Because this project is only approximately 4,300 square feet, the current design does not include the 82 square feet prescribed in the LEED V2.0 Reference Guide (Pg. 171) as the amount of area that has to be dedicated to the storage and collection of recyclables for projects of less than 5,000 square feet. Currently the project has approximately 20 square feet of area dedicated to the storage and collection of recyclables. This will be adequate to handle the amount of recyclable solid waste that will be generated from a facility that includes only two classrooms, a student activity room, a green house, and one small office. This is adequate because the Ramapo College cleaning staff will be collecting the recyclables regularly and storing them in recycling dumpsters that serve the entire campus. The dumpsters are then collected regularly by the contracted recycling service. Because this issue involves a LEED Prerequisite, the design team would like a definitive ruling from the USGBC to determine if the measures as currently designed will meet the requirements for the MR Prerequisite or to determine if additional measures may be necessary." "The LEED v 2.0 Reference Guide June 2001 page 171 states that the collection and storage space should be sized to accommodate recyclables storage. Table 3 provides Recycling Area Guidelines. If a project wishes to meet this prerequisite with less area than indicated the Guidelines, a narrative should be provided indicating how the recyclables will be handled such that the proposed area is sufficient. Shared recycling facilities for buildings on a multiple-building site represent one possible way to reduce the area requirements within a specific building and do apply toward this prerequisite. All proposals will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Applicable internationally." "None" "None" "X"