As the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) website notes, there are four levels of LEED certification for green-friendly buildings: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. For a project to be successfully certified, it needs to be registered and reviewed through the LEED online process. The certification level obtained depends upon the amount of points a project is awarded, which can be gained in different ways.
For reference, the USGBC provides a special “credit library” that office planners can consult to see if they are on-target to obtain the necessary amount of points. One of the categories for points is “Material & Resources.” Under this umbrella term are required initiatives like recycling programs, but also optional ways to earn extra points through the use of sustainable products.
Specifically, one piece of LEED criteria intends “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.” Projects can achieve these points by demonstrating significant use of products that “document their material ingredient optimization,” among other options.
In addition, LEED participants could earn up to two points by implementing a recycling program that successfully lowers the amount of “construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities.” Each point comes with several qualifiers that organizations can look over during the planning phase.
By choosing used office furniture liquidation, any business looking to improve its standing within LEED qualifications can take large steps toward meeting its goals. Recycled furniture could help companies lower their environmental impact and successfully reach whichever LEED level they set as their target. In addition to the direct LEED impact they have, can contribute to the general air and heat quality of the workspace.