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Certified Wood

LEED CREDIT

Schools-2009 MRc7: Certified Wood 1 point

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Intent

To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

Requirements

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.

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.

Pilot Alternative Compliance Path Available

The following pilot alternative compliance paths is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

MRpc102 - Legal Wood

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to provide invoices for all of the new wood products purchased for the project, or just FSC wood products?

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I have supporting manufacturer documentation for the FSC wood used on our project. Is this enough to document this credit, or do I need invoices as well?

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Can products labeled “FSC Recycled” or “FSC Recycled Credit” contribute towards MRc7? What about "FSC Mix" percentages that refer to recycled content?

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Does FSC-certified wood automatically contribute to IEQc4.4 as a low-emitting material?

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We are using a lot of reclaimed wood. Should we include this in our MRc7 calculations? What about wood that is already installed on the project, in a renovation? What about wood products with recycled content?

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Does FSC-certified bamboo products count towards this credit?

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A product has FSC-certified veneer, but a non-certified core. Can we prorate the MRc7 contribution of this product based on the cost of the veneer?

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Should wood used on site features such as benches or a gazebo be included here?

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Is there a minimum quantity of wood that must be used on the project to qualify for this credit?

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We are pursuing IEQc4.5 from LEED-CI as an ID credit. Are we then required to include the cost of furniture in MRc3–7?

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What building components are typically purchased with FSC content to earn this credit?

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

Intent

To encourage environmentally responsible forest management.

Requirements

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.

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.

Pilot Alternative Compliance Path Available

The following pilot alternative compliance paths is available for this credit. See the pilot credit library for more information.

MRpc102 - Legal Wood

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Do I need to provide invoices for all of the new wood products purchased for the project, or just FSC wood products?

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I have supporting manufacturer documentation for the FSC wood used on our project. Is this enough to document this credit, or do I need invoices as well?

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Can products labeled “FSC Recycled” or “FSC Recycled Credit” contribute towards MRc7? What about "FSC Mix" percentages that refer to recycled content?

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Does FSC-certified wood automatically contribute to IEQc4.4 as a low-emitting material?

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We are using a lot of reclaimed wood. Should we include this in our MRc7 calculations? What about wood that is already installed on the project, in a renovation? What about wood products with recycled content?

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Does FSC-certified bamboo products count towards this credit?

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A product has FSC-certified veneer, but a non-certified core. Can we prorate the MRc7 contribution of this product based on the cost of the veneer?

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Should wood used on site features such as benches or a gazebo be included here?

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Is there a minimum quantity of wood that must be used on the project to qualify for this credit?

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We are pursuing IEQc4.5 from LEED-CI as an ID credit. Are we then required to include the cost of furniture in MRc3–7?

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What building components are typically purchased with FSC content to earn this credit?

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We’re having trouble getting FSC wood within our budget. Can we use products with another forestry certification?

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LEEDuser expert

Lori Knosalla

Forest Stewardship Council US
Policy and Standards Manager - Chain of Custody

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