Recycled content: 20% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED BD+C: Retail | v1 - LEED 1.0 pilot

Recycled content: 20% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)

MRc4.2 | Possible 1 point


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


Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes an additional 10% beyond MR Credit 4.1 (total of 20%, based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project.

The recycled content value of a material assembly shall be determined by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators shall not be included in this calculation. Only include materials permanently installed in the project.

Furniture may be included, providing it is included consistently in MR Credits 3–7. Furniture is defined as either retail display/shelving that is purchased as a unit from a manufacturer (regardless of where the assembly takes place) or as modular/freestanding furniture.

Please note that casework and built-in millwork items must be included in the base building calculations.

Recycled content shall be defined in accordance with the International Organization of Standards document, ISO 14021—Environmental labels and declarations—Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labeling).

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