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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?
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.
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?
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.
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