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LEED v2009
Existing Building Operations
Materials and Resources
Sustainable Purchasing Policy

LEED CREDIT

EBOM-2009 MRp1: Sustainable Purchasing Policy Required

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Intent

To reduce the environmental harm from materials purchased, used, and disposed of in the operations within buildings.

Requirements

Have in place an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) policy that includes, at a minimum, product purchasing policies for the building and site addressing the requirements of MR Credit 1: Sustainable Purchasing—Ongoing Consumables. This policy must adhere to the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance policy model (see Introduction). At a minimum, the policy must cover those product purchases that are within the building and site management’s control.

Additionally, extend the EPP policy to include product purchasing policies for the building and site addressing the requirements of at least 1 of the credits listed below. This extended policy must also adhere to the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance policy model and specifically address the goal, scope and performance metric for the respective credit:

  • MR Credit 2.1: Sustainable Purchasing—Electric-Powered Equipment
  • MR Credit 2.2: Sustainable Purchasing—Furniture
  • MR Credit 3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
  • MR Credit 4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps

This prerequisite requires only policies, not ongoing actual sustainable performance.

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We already have a purchasing policy that covers most of the required elements of the prerequisite and the LEED-EBOM Policy Model, but not all of them. Do we have to write an entirely new policy?

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Intent

To reduce the environmental harm from materials purchased, used, and disposed of in the operations within buildings.

Requirements

Have in place an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) policy that includes, at a minimum, product purchasing policies for the building and site addressing the requirements of MR Credit 1: Sustainable Purchasing—Ongoing Consumables. This policy must adhere to the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance policy model (see Introduction). At a minimum, the policy must cover those product purchases that are within the building and site management’s control.

Additionally, extend the EPP policy to include product purchasing policies for the building and site addressing the requirements of at least 1 of the credits listed below. This extended policy must also adhere to the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance policy model and specifically address the goal, scope and performance metric for the respective credit:

  • MR Credit 2.1: Sustainable Purchasing—Electric-Powered Equipment
  • MR Credit 2.2: Sustainable Purchasing—Furniture
  • MR Credit 3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
  • MR Credit 4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps

This prerequisite requires only policies, not ongoing actual sustainable performance.

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We already have a purchasing policy that covers most of the required elements of the prerequisite and the LEED-EBOM Policy Model, but not all of them. Do we have to write an entirely new policy?

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We have a multi-tenant building. Do all of our tenants have to adopt the purchasing policy?

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