Relevant Recycling & LEED Guidelines

QOL Office Furniture is committed to recycling and the pursuit of a “Green Office Environment”

LEED – NC (New Construction)

MR Credit 3.1

Materials Reuse 5% 1 point

Intent – Reuse building materials and products in order to reduce demand for virgin materials and to reduce waste, thereby reducing impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

Requirements – Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials such that the sum of these materials constitutes at least 5%, based on cost, of the total value of materials on the project. Furniture may be included, providing it is included consistently in MR Credits 3 – 7.

MR Credit 3.2

Materials Reuse 10 % 1 point

Intent – Reuse building materials and products in order to reduce demand for virgin materials and to reduce waste, thereby reducing impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

Requirements – Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials such that the sum of these materials constitutes at least 5%, based on cost, of the total value of materials on the project. Furniture may be included, providing it is included consistently in MR Credits 3 – 7.

MR Credit 5.1

Regional Materials

10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally 1 point

Intent – Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured with in the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements

Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, with in 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) for the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product or materials is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.

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

Regional Materials

20% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally 1 point

Intent – Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured with in the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements

Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, with in 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) for the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product or materials is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.

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

LEED – CI – (Commercial Interiors)

Construction Waste Management, Divert 50% from Landfill 1 point

Intent – Divert construction, demolition, and packaging debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites.

Requirements – Develop and implement a construction waste management plan, quantifying material diversion goals. Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% of construction, demolition and packaging debris. Calculation may be done by weight or volume, but must be consistent throughout.

MR Credit 2.2

Construction Waste Management, Divert 75% from Landfill 1 point

Intent – Divert construction, demolition, and packaging debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites.

Requirements – Develop and implement a construction waste management plan, quantifying material diversion goals. Recycle and/or salvage at least 75% of construction, demolition and packaging debris. Calculation may be done by weight or volume, but must be consistent throughout.

MR Credit 3.3

Resource Reuse, 30% Furniture and Furnishings 1 point

Intent – Reuse building products and materials in order to reduce demand for virgin materials and reduce waste, thereby reducing impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

Requirements – Use salvaged, refurbished or used furniture and furnishings for 30% of the total furniture and furnishings budget.

MR Credit 5.1 1 point

Regional Materials, 20% Manufactured Regionally

Intent – Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements – Use a minimum of 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles.

Manufacturing refers to the final assembly of components into the building product that is furnished and installed by the tradesmen. For example, if the hardware comes from Dallas, Texas, the lumber from Vancouver, British Columbia, and the joist is assembled in Kent, Washington, then the location of the final assembly is Kent, Washington.

Regional Materials, 10% Extracted and Manufactured Regionally 1 point

Intent

Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements

In addition to the requirements of MR 5.1, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.

LEED EBOM – (Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance)

MR Credit 2.2 Sustainable Purchasing, Durable Goods – Furniture 1 point

Awarded to projects that achieve sustainable purchases of at least 40% of total purchases of furniture during the LEED EBOM performance period. Sustainable Purchases are those that meet the following criteria:

  • Purchases contain at least 10% post-consumer and 20% post-industrial material.
  • Purchases contain at least 70% material salvaged from off-site or outside the organization.
  • Purchases contain at least 70% material salvaged from on-site, through an internal organization materials and equipment reuse program.
  • Purchases contain at least 50% rapidly renewable material.
  • Purchases contain at least 50% Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) wood.
  • Purchases contain at least 50% material harvested and processed or extracted and processed with in 500 miles of the project.

Intent– Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements – In addition to the requirements of MR 5.1, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.

MR Credit 8 Solid Waste Management – Durable Goods 1 point

Intent – To facilitate the reduction of waste and toxins generated from the use of durable goods by building occupants and building operations that are hauled to and disposed of in landfills and incinerator facilities.

Requirements –Maintain a waste reduction, reuse and recycling program that addresses durable goods that are replaced infrequently and/or may require capital program outlays to purchase. Examples include, but are not limited to, office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines), appliances, (refrigerators, dishwashers, water coolers), external power adapters, televisions and other audiovisual equipment. Materials that may be considered either ongoing consumables (see MR Credit 7) or durable goods can be counted under either category provided consistency is maintained with MR Credit 7, with no contradictions, exclusions, or double-counting.

About Recycling Office Furniture PDF
http://www.resourcesaver.org/file/toolmanager/O16F3340.pdf

Sustainable Office Furniture PDF
http://www.bifma.org/documents/SusGdlines.pdf

Green Building Council
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

Other Industry Links
www.ifma.org
www.mmqb.com
www.iopfda.org
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