Recycled content - 5% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v2 - LEED 2.1

Recycled content - 5% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)

MRc4.1 | Possible 1 point


Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, therefore reducing the impacts resulting from extraction and processing of new virgin materials.


Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 5% of the total value of the materials in the project.

The value of the recycled content portion of a material or furnishing shall be determined by dividing the weight of recycled content in the item by the total weight of all material in the item, then multiplying the resulting percentage by the total value of the item.

Mechanical and electrical components shall not be included in this calculation. Recycled content materials shall be defined in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission document, Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, 16 CFR 260.7 (e), available at

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