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MRc1.1 - Building reuse - maintain 75% of existing walls, floors and roof
LEED BD+C: New Construction
Our project is a 106,000 SF new university laboratory building on a university campus that will be located between several existing buildings. The entire area is undergoing construction in several pha...
Our project is a 106,000 SF new university laboratory building on a university campus that will be located between several existing buildings. The entire area is undergoing construction in several phases as part of the university master plan. Prior to construction of the new building was a 99-car parking lot and a 10,480 SF home, used as an office building, within the project's site boundaries. The 99-car asphalt parking lot has been removed. The house has been relocated to the North side of the site between several other houses that were also previously converted into offices. The houses are located in a Historic District. Prior to relocation of the house, the 257 SF greenhouse attached to the house was dismantled and a 245 SF previous addition to the house was also removed. The old foundation on the house could not be moved by the house moving team and a new foundation was built for the relocated structure. A 688 SF handicapped access entry foyer/stairwell (four floors) was added onto the house, after the house was relocated. All interiors were kept as is. As in the university master plan, the relocation of the house, funded as a separate project than the lab building, was an enabling project for the larger laboratory building project. We will submit proof of pre- and post-construction locations as well as building floor plans, elevations and relocation photos. We propose to do the calculations for this credit based on volume of the house that was moved (reused) as compared to the total volume of the house after its relocation. Can the project take credit for the relocation & reuse of the house for the purposes of this credit?
While the relocation of the existing building is commendable, it falls outside the scope of the LEED Building Reuse credit. For the purposes of a LEED application, the project boundary must be consistently defined across all credits. The house is being moved off-site and thus will be excluded from other LEED credit calculations. As a result, removal of the existing structure should only be counted under MRc2, Construction Waste Management. Applicable internationally.
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