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Pilot-Credits MRpc102: Legal Wood 1 point

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

Intent

To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

Requirements

<div class="aside">
<strong>This pilot alternative compliance path can be used in place of the following credits:</strong>
<ul>
<li>LEED BD+C | v3- LEED 2009: ACP for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359" target="_blank">MRc7 Certified Wood</a> (MRc6 in Core and Shell)</li>
<li>LEED ID+C | v3- LEED 2009: ACP for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731363" target="_blank">MRc7 Certified Wood</a></li>
</ul>
ACP text in <strong>bold</strong>.
</div>

Use a minimum of 50% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria, for wood building components. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.
<ul>
<li><strong>Use wood verified to be from Legal (non-controversial) Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.</li>
and
<li>70% (based on cost) of all wood used on the project must be from Responsible Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.</li>
and
<li>A minimum of 50% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products must be sourced from Certified Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.</strong></li>
</ul>
Include only materials permanently installed in the project. Wood products purchased for temporary use on the project (e.g., formwork, bracing, scaffolding, sidewalk protection, and guard rails) may be included in the calculation at the project team’s discretion. If any such materials are included, all such materials must be included in the calculation. If such materials are purchased for use on multiple projects, the applicant may include these materials for only one project, at its discretion. Furniture may be included if it is included consistently in MR Credits 3. Materials Reuse, through MR Credit 7: Certified Wood.

Documentation Requirements

General
Register for the pilot credit Pilot Credit Survey
Credit Specific

Complete the Legal Wood Calculator, found on the resources tab of this credit.

Survey Questions

  • where is this project located (city, state/province, country)
  • does the country/region the project is located in have existing laws/regulations regarding legal wood? are they effectively enforced?
  • how much wood, relative to other materials, was used on this project (by cost)?
  • prior to attempting this credit, what was your understanding of illegal wood in the buildings industry supply chain in your region?
  • prior to the work the project team did on this credit, was verified legal wood something that was required in any standard project spec used by the project team?
    • if yes, what specific language was used?
    • if no, did the project team develop standard specification language for future use?
  • What specific piece of this ACP was the most difficult:
    • 100% legality verification?
    • 70% responsibly sourced verification?
    • procurement of certified wood?
  • was legality documentation readily available from your upstream wood suppliers?
    • what documentation were they able to provide?
    • was this the first time that a project team asked the supplier for documentation to verify legality for wood?
  • who, on the project team, was responsible for documentation? did the project team need to hire an outside expert to facilitate achievement?
  • Did this credit influence or change the wood that was ultimately used on the project?
  • One of the goals of this ACP is to assess the feasibility of the creation of a prerequisite around legal sourcing of building materials.
    • How transformational do you think a prerequisite requiring legality verification for forest products would be?
    • How feasible do you think a prerequisite requiring legality verification of forest products would be?
    • How feasible do you think legality verification of all materials would be?
Changes
  • 8/8/2019 - removed "Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products."

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USGBC logo

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

Intent

To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

Requirements

<div class="aside">
<strong>This pilot alternative compliance path can be used in place of the following credits:</strong>
<ul>
<li>LEED BD+C | v3- LEED 2009: ACP for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731359" target="_blank">MRc7 Certified Wood</a> (MRc6 in Core and Shell)</li>
<li>LEED ID+C | v3- LEED 2009: ACP for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/1731363" target="_blank">MRc7 Certified Wood</a></li>
</ul>
ACP text in <strong>bold</strong>.
</div>

Use a minimum of 50% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products that are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria, for wood building components. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.
<ul>
<li><strong>Use wood verified to be from Legal (non-controversial) Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.</li>
and
<li>70% (based on cost) of all wood used on the project must be from Responsible Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.</li>
and
<li>A minimum of 50% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products must be sourced from Certified Sources as defined by ASTM D7612-10. These components include at a minimum, structural framing and general dimensional framing, flooring, sub-flooring, wood doors and finishes.</strong></li>
</ul>
Include only materials permanently installed in the project. Wood products purchased for temporary use on the project (e.g., formwork, bracing, scaffolding, sidewalk protection, and guard rails) may be included in the calculation at the project team’s discretion. If any such materials are included, all such materials must be included in the calculation. If such materials are purchased for use on multiple projects, the applicant may include these materials for only one project, at its discretion. Furniture may be included if it is included consistently in MR Credits 3. Materials Reuse, through MR Credit 7: Certified Wood.

Documentation Requirements

General
Register for the pilot credit Pilot Credit Survey
Credit Specific

Complete the Legal Wood Calculator, found on the resources tab of this credit.

Survey Questions

  • where is this project located (city, state/province, country)
  • does the country/region the project is located in have existing laws/regulations regarding legal wood? are they effectively enforced?
  • how much wood, relative to other materials, was used on this project (by cost)?
  • prior to attempting this credit, what was your understanding of illegal wood in the buildings industry supply chain in your region?
  • prior to the work the project team did on this credit, was verified legal wood something that was required in any standard project spec used by the project team?
    • if yes, what specific language was used?
    • if no, did the project team develop standard specification language for future use?
  • What specific piece of this ACP was the most difficult:
    • 100% legality verification?
    • 70% responsibly sourced verification?
    • procurement of certified wood?
  • was legality documentation readily available from your upstream wood suppliers?
    • what documentation were they able to provide?
    • was this the first time that a project team asked the supplier for documentation to verify legality for wood?
  • who, on the project team, was responsible for documentation? did the project team need to hire an outside expert to facilitate achievement?
  • Did this credit influence or change the wood that was ultimately used on the project?
  • One of the goals of this ACP is to assess the feasibility of the creation of a prerequisite around legal sourcing of building materials.
    • How transformational do you think a prerequisite requiring legality verification for forest products would be?
    • How feasible do you think a prerequisite requiring legality verification of forest products would be?
    • How feasible do you think legality verification of all materials would be?
Changes
  • 8/8/2019 - removed "Structure and enclosure materials may not constitute more than 30% of the value of compliant building products."

Not pursuing this pilot but have a comment you'd like to share with USGBC?

Click here to submit your comment

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  • Guidance documents on arcane LEED issues.
  • Sample templates to help guide your narratives and LEED Online submissions.
  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.

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