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LEED v2009
Commercial Interiors
Materials and Resources
Materials Reuse—Furniture and Furnishings

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CI-2009 MRc3.2: Materials reuse - furniture and furnishings 1 point

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

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Addenda

4/8/2016Updated: 5/4/2016
Form Update
Description of change:
added ID+C example tab and additional instructions.
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
1/15/2016Updated: 4/7/2016
Form Update
Description of change:
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/2/2009Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
In the box, replace all instances of "(sf)" with "($)" so the text becomes "Replacement Value of Reused Furniture and Furnishings ($) / Total Value of New and Reused Furniture and Furnishings ($)"
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/2/2009Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
In the third line of the paragraph, remove "furniture, furnishings components" so the text becomes "Exclude artwork, interior plants, and musical instruments."
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
4/14/2010Updated: 2/14/2015
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Replace the last paragraph (beginning with "The replacement values...") with the text "The replacement values used in MR Credit 3.2 are part of the total Division 12 material value, which is also used in the calculations for MR Credit 5. Materials qualifying as reused for MR Credit 3 cannot be applied to MR Credits 1,2,4,6, or 7."
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
8/27/2007
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

Our client has created a master plan on the relocation of their existing furniture and furnishings, which accounts for over 30% of their total new furniture and furnishings budget. Their plan is to divert approximately 15% of existing furniture and furnishings to their new facility, 30% to another office of theirs in a nearby city, less than 15 miles away. In addition, around 55% of furniture and furnishings are being sublet to new tenants of the space they are moving from. If we only account for the items being reused in their new facility we wouldn\'t be able to achieve the requirements of credit MR 3.3. However, salvaging and reusing furniture and furnishings (per the intent) reduces demand for virgin materials, as well as diverts materials from the landfill. Does this cohesive strategy meet the intent of credit MR 3.3?

Ruling:

While the strategy adopted for the use of the used furniture is commendable, only furniture that is reused for the specific project can be accounted for in MRc3.3 calculations. Applicable Internationally.

Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
1/10/2008
LEED Interpretation
Inquiry:

Our client is planning to reuse existing office equipment (e.g. computers, printers, and copy machines). These items are in use in their current space and the owner plans to move them to the new space. While old equipment may not be operationally energy efficient, unless it is ENERGY STAR, reusing it does save energy and other resources by reducing the demand for new machines. By extension, reusing products and materials supports solid waste management goals. The itemized list in CSI MasterFormat Division 12 does not specifically include any computer/electronic equipment. Furthermore, given your emphasis above, "reducing impacts associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources," please clarify the following. 1. Will the reuse of existing office equipment (e.g. computers, printers, and copy machines) help contribute in achieving LEED-CI MRc3.3? 2. What is the definition of a workstation?

Ruling:

No, computers and other electronic equipment cannot be included in the calculations for MR Credit 3.3. This credit is based only on items covered under CSI MasterFormat Division 12 as stated on page 231 of the LEED-CI v2.0 Reference Guide. Please refer to page 232 for a list of typical items that may be included under this credit. A workstation can be panel-based, comprised of modular interconnecting panels, hang-on components, and drawer/filing components or a free-standing grouping of furniture items with components that have been designed to work in concert. Applicable Internationally.

Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
Yes
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Requirements

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

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