1. In our fit-out project in London the base building provides raised access floor that cannot be used as is due to acoustic and aesthetic reasons. As part of the project scope of work this raised floor will be covered with carpet. Could we still count the area of the raised floor as re-used interior non-structural element if we add carpet on top of it?
2. Could we count wall area as re-used interior non-structural element if we a) put an additional board on it or b) put a new coat of paint on it?
Vermont House of Representatives
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January 17, 2017 - 1:37 pm
Diana, in my opinion, in both cases you would simply be refurbishing the element and can count them in your favor.
I have never seen clear direction from USGBC on this issue, but I have given similar advice in the past and it hasn't come back to bite me yet!
Eva ChenSenior Consultant
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September 30, 2019 - 12:28 am
Hi Diana, just want to follow up if your questions have been solved? We encounter the same issue with you.
Over 70% of flooring system are reused, however, this project installed floor covering material (i.e. carpet). As the carpet might be removed/recycled/reused in the future, and no additional material are replaced/demolished in the existing flooring system, we tried to claim the 70% of flooring system are reused. But the Assessor replied the newly installed floor covering material are not considered reused. Is this unreasonable?
Mark RagucciProject Architect
April 27, 2020 - 10:04 am
I can't find any info on what is counted or not, Our space is bare since it was previously abandoned and we will refinish interior concrete block walls and add a finish on top of an existing second-floor slab. I'm not sure if this counts or not. Is this credit only for interior finishes and do they expect people to reuse 20 year old carpeting? The credits wording is for nonstrutural elements, so in our case, bare concrete walls should be counted as an element.