Recently, the United States Green Building Council started a pilot program for a credit that would encourage better wood quality. The organization has also announced another pilot credit, this one specifically applying to issues that might threaten human health.
According to a press release from the Council, this new possible credit follows the advances in the latest version of LEED and is intended to encourage providers to develop safer products, and, by extension, more hazard-conscious workplaces.
As part of the continuing effort to improve construction, businesses may see this new requirement as another vital aspect of company responsibility. This Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment credit incentivizes hazard and exposure assessments to guide manufacturers toward better products that privilege user safety.
USGBC Chief Product Office Scott Horst gave more context for the role this pilot plays in the larger picture of the Council’s goals for businesses.
“We have a focus on transparency and optimization so specifiers can know what they are using and can reward innovation,” Horst said. “But understanding how a material impacts human health requires a full understanding of hazard and exposure. The new pilot credit is a first step toward evaluating exposure by encouraging product inventories in order to prioritize decision making.” He also added that the pilot will “facilitate information sharing” and help develop similar credits later on.
For April’s pilot Alternative Compliance Path, the USGBC attempted to reduce illegally-sourced wood products by expanding certification possibilities, as the organization stated. This also addressed loopholes in previous certifications that made it possible to obtain LEED status for a project with illegal wood.
In any event, both of these cases show how much LEED can evolve in response to newer concerns. With used office furniture liquidation services working for them, businesses may stay a part of the bigger picture of social responsibility by giving back to the environment and the community.