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CS-v4.1 MRc5: Construction and demolition waste management 1-2 points

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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.

Requirements

Recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials. Calculations can be by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.

Exclude excavated soil, land-clearing debris from calculations. Include materials destined for alternative daily cover (ADC) in the calculations as waste (not diversion). Include wood waste converted to fuel (biofuel) in the calculations; other types of waste-to-energy are not considered diversion for this credit.

However, for international projects that cannot meet credit requirements using reuse and recycling methods, waste-to-energy systems may be considered waste diversion if the European Commission Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC are followed and Waste to Energy facilities meet applicable European Committee for Standardization (CEN) EN 303 standards.

Option 1. Diversion (1–2 points)
Path 1. Divert 50% and Two Material Streams (1 point)

Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least two material streams.

OR

Path 2. Divert 50% using Certified Commingled Recycling Facility (1 Point)

Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material. All commingled recycling must be sent to offsite sorting facility(ies) certified by the Recycling Certification Institute or approved equivalent.

OR

Path 3. Divert 75% and Three Material Streams (2 points)

Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least three material streams.

OR

Path 4. Divert 75% using Certified Commingled Recycling Facility and One More Material Stream (2 points)

Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least two material streams. All commingled recycling is required to be one of the streams and must be sent to offsite sorting facility(ies) certified by the Recycling Certification Institute or approved equivalent.

OR

Option 2. Reduction of Total (Construction and Demolition) Waste Material (2 points)

Salvage or recycle renovation and demolition debris and utilize onsite waste minimizing design strategies for new construction activities. Achieve the waste generation thresholds in Table 1 and create a narrative describing how a project is addressing waste prevention and/or achieving waste generation thresholds via design strategies and onsite waste minimization practices.

Do not generate more than 7.5 pounds of construction waste per square foot (36.6 kilograms of waste per square meter) of the building’s floor area for all BD+C projects except Warehouses and Distribution Centers.

Table 1: Thresholds of compliance for reduction of total waste material to reflect the attached resource

Type of Waste Building Type Total Waste Reduction Requirements Points Available
Waste from renovation and demolition activities All Salvage or recycle at least 75%, not including ADC Required
Waste from new construction activities All except Warehouses & Distribution Centers Reduce waste generation to less than 7.5 lbs/sf 2
Warehouses & Distribution Center projects Reduce waste generation to less than 2.5 lbs/sf
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Tiffany Beffel

LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP HOMES, CDT, CSBA, Assoc. AIA

Innovative Workshop Consulting
Managing Partner

USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.

Requirements

Recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials. Calculations can be by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.

Exclude excavated soil, land-clearing debris from calculations. Include materials destined for alternative daily cover (ADC) in the calculations as waste (not diversion). Include wood waste converted to fuel (biofuel) in the calculations; other types of waste-to-energy are not considered diversion for this credit.

However, for international projects that cannot meet credit requirements using reuse and recycling methods, waste-to-energy systems may be considered waste diversion if the European Commission Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC are followed and Waste to Energy facilities meet applicable European Committee for Standardization (CEN) EN 303 standards.

Option 1. Diversion (1–2 points)
Path 1. Divert 50% and Two Material Streams (1 point)

Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least two material streams.

OR

Path 2. Divert 50% using Certified Commingled Recycling Facility (1 Point)

Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material. All commingled recycling must be sent to offsite sorting facility(ies) certified by the Recycling Certification Institute or approved equivalent.

OR

Path 3. Divert 75% and Three Material Streams (2 points)

Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least three material streams.

OR

Path 4. Divert 75% using Certified Commingled Recycling Facility and One More Material Stream (2 points)

Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least two material streams. All commingled recycling is required to be one of the streams and must be sent to offsite sorting facility(ies) certified by the Recycling Certification Institute or approved equivalent.

OR

Option 2. Reduction of Total (Construction and Demolition) Waste Material (2 points)

Salvage or recycle renovation and demolition debris and utilize onsite waste minimizing design strategies for new construction activities. Achieve the waste generation thresholds in Table 1 and create a narrative describing how a project is addressing waste prevention and/or achieving waste generation thresholds via design strategies and onsite waste minimization practices.

Do not generate more than 7.5 pounds of construction waste per square foot (36.6 kilograms of waste per square meter) of the building’s floor area for all BD+C projects except Warehouses and Distribution Centers.

Table 1: Thresholds of compliance for reduction of total waste material to reflect the attached resource

Type of Waste Building Type Total Waste Reduction Requirements Points Available
Waste from renovation and demolition activities All Salvage or recycle at least 75%, not including ADC Required
Waste from new construction activities All except Warehouses & Distribution Centers Reduce waste generation to less than 7.5 lbs/sf 2
Warehouses & Distribution Center projects Reduce waste generation to less than 2.5 lbs/sf

LEEDuser expert

Tiffany Beffel

LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP HOMES, CDT, CSBA, Assoc. AIA

Innovative Workshop Consulting
Managing Partner

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