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Pilot-Credits MRpc103: Integrative Analysis of Building Materials 1 point

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Intent

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To inform decision-making by project teams by rewarding building material manufacturers that share life cycle health, safety and environmental information about their products.

Requirements

Use at least three different permanently installed products that have a documented qualitative analysis of the potential health, safety and environmental impacts of the product in five stages of the product’s life cycle (product assembly/manufacturing, building product installation, product use product maintenance, end of product life/reuse).
Analyze and consider:

  • Intended and reasonably anticipated uses of the product,
  • Potential hazardous exposures,
  • Product service life,
  • Waste generation and/or materials reuse,
  • Contributions to health, safety and the environment, including improvements to occu-pant safety, air quality, water quality, materials reuse, energy efficiency, and carbon mitigation.

Taking into consideration the factors above, impacts in the following areas, at a minimum, must be catalogued, if applicable, as a result of the qualitative analysis.

Potential human health impacts:

  • Carcinogenicity
  • Mutagenicity/Genotoxicity
  • Reproductive & Developmental Toxicity
  • Acute Toxicity
  • Eye and Skin Irritation
  • Aspiration hazard
  • Chronic toxicity Skin & Respiratory Sensitization
  • Systemic Toxicity and Organ effects
  • Air purification/filtration or positive impacts to indoor air quality affecting human health

Potential occupant safety impacts:

  • Passive survivability during natural disasters
  • Functionality, including access/egress, during emergencies

Potential environmental impacts:

  • Air pollution abatement
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Persistence
  • Acute and chronic aquatic toxicity
  • Water use
  • Energy use
  • GHG emissions
  • Solid waste generation/closed loop process
  • Biodiversity, habitat and ecosystem

Documentation Requirements

Register for the pilot credit

Survey: Credits 95-105

Credit Specific

Complete the documentation template found on the resources tab

  • Where verified quantitative information is available (e.g. EPDs, LCAs, ecolabels, standards), please include that information.
  • If quantitative information is not available, qualitatively describe potential impacts.
  • Note where information was not available and document the sources checked. If an impact isn’t present at a specific life cycle phase, indicate it as non-applicable and briefly explain why that is the case.

Background

Transparency and life cycle thinking have always been central to the market transformation LEED is seeking related to materials and is foundational to the future development of LEED. This pilot credit is designed to give LEED users the ability to provide feedback on the kind of information currently available related to building products and materials across their life cy-cles, and also inform USGBC of what further information is needed to be able to make com-plex trade-off decisions.

Survey Questions

  1. Why did you select the three products you documented for this credit?
  2. When making decisions about the sustainability attributes of products, did the re-quirements of this credit aggregate the kind of information needed to understand the various positive and negative impacts of the product across its life cycle?
  3. If not, what additional information would be helpful?
  4. Of the products you submitted, which one had the format was the most useful format for analyzing this information?
  5. At what point in the design process would this information be most useful?
  6. Did the information documented for this credit enable a constructive dialogue with product manufacturers? If so, please provide an example.

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

Intent

To encourage the use of products and materials for which life cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts. To inform decision-making by project teams by rewarding building material manufacturers that share life cycle health, safety and environmental information about their products.

Requirements

Use at least three different permanently installed products that have a documented qualitative analysis of the potential health, safety and environmental impacts of the product in five stages of the product’s life cycle (product assembly/manufacturing, building product installation, product use product maintenance, end of product life/reuse).
Analyze and consider:

  • Intended and reasonably anticipated uses of the product,
  • Potential hazardous exposures,
  • Product service life,
  • Waste generation and/or materials reuse,
  • Contributions to health, safety and the environment, including improvements to occu-pant safety, air quality, water quality, materials reuse, energy efficiency, and carbon mitigation.

Taking into consideration the factors above, impacts in the following areas, at a minimum, must be catalogued, if applicable, as a result of the qualitative analysis.

Potential human health impacts:

  • Carcinogenicity
  • Mutagenicity/Genotoxicity
  • Reproductive & Developmental Toxicity
  • Acute Toxicity
  • Eye and Skin Irritation
  • Aspiration hazard
  • Chronic toxicity Skin & Respiratory Sensitization
  • Systemic Toxicity and Organ effects
  • Air purification/filtration or positive impacts to indoor air quality affecting human health

Potential occupant safety impacts:

  • Passive survivability during natural disasters
  • Functionality, including access/egress, during emergencies

Potential environmental impacts:

  • Air pollution abatement
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Persistence
  • Acute and chronic aquatic toxicity
  • Water use
  • Energy use
  • GHG emissions
  • Solid waste generation/closed loop process
  • Biodiversity, habitat and ecosystem

Documentation Requirements

Register for the pilot credit

Survey: Credits 95-105

Credit Specific

Complete the documentation template found on the resources tab

  • Where verified quantitative information is available (e.g. EPDs, LCAs, ecolabels, standards), please include that information.
  • If quantitative information is not available, qualitatively describe potential impacts.
  • Note where information was not available and document the sources checked. If an impact isn’t present at a specific life cycle phase, indicate it as non-applicable and briefly explain why that is the case.

Background

Transparency and life cycle thinking have always been central to the market transformation LEED is seeking related to materials and is foundational to the future development of LEED. This pilot credit is designed to give LEED users the ability to provide feedback on the kind of information currently available related to building products and materials across their life cy-cles, and also inform USGBC of what further information is needed to be able to make com-plex trade-off decisions.

Survey Questions

  1. Why did you select the three products you documented for this credit?
  2. When making decisions about the sustainability attributes of products, did the re-quirements of this credit aggregate the kind of information needed to understand the various positive and negative impacts of the product across its life cycle?
  3. If not, what additional information would be helpful?
  4. Of the products you submitted, which one had the format was the most useful format for analyzing this information?
  5. At what point in the design process would this information be most useful?
  6. Did the information documented for this credit enable a constructive dialogue with product manufacturers? If so, please provide an example.

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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  • Tracking spreadsheets for materials purchases.
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  • Sample templates to help guide your narratives and LEED Online submissions.
  • Examples of actual submissions from certified LEED projects.
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