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LEED v2009
Commercial Interiors
Materials and Resources
Materials Reuse

LEED CREDIT

CI-2009 MRc3.1: Materials Reuse 1-2 points

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Intent

To reuse building materials and products to reduce demand for virgin materials and reduce waste, thereby lessening impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

Requirements

Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials, the sum of which constitutes at least 5% or 10%, based on cost, of building (construction) materials, excluding furniture and furnishings The minimum percentage materials reused for each point threshold is as follows:

Reused Materials Points
5% 1
10% 2
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Can I include reused furniture?

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A material being reused contains recycled content. Can I count this under MRc3 and MRc4?

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We are reusing a lot of equipment from another building. Can we count that?

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We are demolishing an existing building, crushing the concrete and stone, and using it as fill onsite. Does this count under MRc3?

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Our project has access to building materials that were delivered for another project, and never used because that project was canceled. If we use these materials can we count them here?

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Can crushed concrete, masonry or asphalt being reused onsite qualify as materials reuse?

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Intent

To reuse building materials and products to reduce demand for virgin materials and reduce waste, thereby lessening impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.

Requirements

Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials, the sum of which constitutes at least 5% or 10%, based on cost, of building (construction) materials, excluding furniture and furnishings The minimum percentage materials reused for each point threshold is as follows:

Reused Materials Points
5% 1
10% 2

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Can I include reused furniture?

The answer to this question is available to LEEDuser premium members. Start a free trial »

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A material being reused contains recycled content. Can I count this under MRc3 and MRc4?

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We are reusing a lot of equipment from another building. Can we count that?

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We are demolishing an existing building, crushing the concrete and stone, and using it as fill onsite. Does this count under MRc3?

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Our project has access to building materials that were delivered for another project, and never used because that project was canceled. If we use these materials can we count them here?

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Can crushed concrete, masonry or asphalt being reused onsite qualify as materials reuse?

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LEEDuser expert

Susie Spivey-Tilson

susie.spivey@cbre.com

CBRE
LEED Fellow, Senior Program Manager for Global Energy & Sustainability

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