To encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To reward project teams for selecting products for which the chemical ingredients in the product are inventoried using an accepted methodology and for selecting products verified to minimize the use and generation of harmful substances. To reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.
Option 1. material ingredient reporting (1 point)
Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product.
- Manufacturer Inventory. The manufacturer has published complete content inventory for the product following these guidelines:
- A publically available inventory of all ingredients identified by name and Chemical Abstract Service Registration Number (CASRN)
- Materials defined as trade secret or intellectual property may withhold the name and/or CASRN but must disclose role, amount and GreenScreen benchmark as defined in GreenScreen v1.2.
- Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.
- Cradle to Cradle. The end use product has been certified at the Cradle to Cradle V2 Basic level or Cradle to Cradle v3 Bronze level.
- USGBC approved program. Products that comply with other programs meeting the material ingredient reporting criteria approved by USGBC.
Compliant products must have chemicals inventoried to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).
Products must be sourced from at least 5 different manufacturers.
Option 2: material ingredient optimization (1 point)
Use products that document their material ingredient optimization using the paths below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.
- USGBC approved program. Products that comply with building product optimization criteria approved by USGBC.
- GreenScreen v1.2 Benchmark. Products that have fully inventoried chemical ingredients to 100 ppm that have no Benchmark 1 hazards:
- If any ingredients are assessed with the GreenScreen List Translator, value these products at 100% of cost.
- If all ingredients are have undergone a full GreenScreen Assessment, value these products at 150% of cost.
- Cradle to Cradle v2 Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
- Cradle to Cradle Gold: 100% of cost
- Cradle to Cradle Platinum: 150% of cost
- Cradle to Cradle v3 Certified. End use products are certified Cradle to Cradle. Products will be valued as follows:
- Cradle to Cradle Silver: 100% of cost
- Cradle to Cradle Gold or Platinum: 150% of cost
- International Alternative Compliance Path – REACH Optimization. End use products and materials that do not contain substances that meet REACH criteria for substances of very high concern. If the product contains no ingredients listed on the REACH Authorization1 or Candidate2 list, value at 100% of cost.
Option 3: Product Manufacturer Supply Chain Optimization (1 point)
Project Team: Use building products that are sourced from product manufacturers who procure raw materials from suppliers meeting criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project.
Manufacturers: Engage in validated and robust safety, health, hazard, and risk programs. Document at least 99% by weight of the ingredients used to make the building product or building material are sourced from companies with independent third party verification of the following along the manufacturer supply chain:
- Processes are in place to communicate and transparently prioritize chemical ingredients along the supply chain according to available hazard, exposure and use information to identify those that require more detailed evaluation
- Processes are in place to identify, document, and communicate information on health, safety and environmental characteristics of chemical ingredients
- Processes are in place to implement measures to manage the health, safety and environmental hazard and risk of chemical ingredients
- Processes are in place to optimize health, safety and environmental impacts when designing and improving chemical ingredients
- Processes are in place to communicate, receive and evaluate chemical ingredient safety and stewardship information along the supply chain
- Safety and stewardship information about the chemical ingredients is publicly available from all points along the supply chain
Options 2 and 3 can be combined to reach 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project for a total of 1 point. Products can only contribute to one option.
For Options 2 and 3, products that meet the above criteria are valued according to source location (extraction, manufacture, and purchase point must be within the distances noted below):
- Products sourced within 100 miles of the project site are valued at 200% of their cost.
Final product value is determined by the following equation:
(base product value x valuation factor due to optimization path)*(valuation factor due to location)
Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products. An individual product may be counted in more than one attribute category. If only a fraction of a product or material meets the requirements, then only the fraction, based on weight, contributes toward the credit.
For the scope of this credit, furniture, piping, pipe insulation, ducts, duct insulation, conduit, plumbing fixtures, faucets, showerheads, and lamp housing may be included if they are included consistently in cost-based Materials and Resources credits. Exclude wood products purchased for temporary use on the project.