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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v3 - LEED 2009

Sustainable purchasing - electric-powered equipment

MRc2.1 | Possible 1 point


To reduce the environmental harm from materials purchased, used, and disposed of in the operations within buildings.


Maintain a sustainable purchasing program covering items available at a higher cost per unit and durable goods that are replaced infrequently and/or may require capital program outlays to purchase. Materials that may be considered either ongoing consumables (see MR Credit 1:Sustainable Purchasing—Ongoing Consumables) or durable goods, can be counted under either category provided consistency is maintained with MR Credit 1, with no contradictions, exclusions or double-counting. Consistency must also be maintained with MR Credit 8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods.

MR credit 2.1 - electric-powered equipment

Achieve sustainable purchases of at least 40% of total purchases of electric-powered equipment (by cost) during the performance period. Examples of electric-powered equipment include, but are not limited to, office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines), appliances (refrigerators, dishwashers, water coolers), external power adapters, and televisions and other audiovisual equipment. Sustainable purchases are those that meet one of the following criteria:

  • The equipment is ENERGY STAR® qualified (for product categories with developed specifications)
  • The equipment (either battery or corded) replaces conventional gas-powered equipment1.
  • Projects outside the U.S. may demonstrate the equipment is equal to or more stringent than ENERGY STAR® qualified through use of local equivalencies. [Europe ACP: ENERGY STAR Equivalent].

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

Europe ACP: ENERGY STAR Equivalent

Projects in Europe may use the following approved standards in place of ENERGY STAR:

  • EU Energy Star
  • TCO
  • Blue Angel

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