Earn LEED Points with Bland Recycling

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Bland Recycling’s recycling services and specification aggregate sales qualify for points in the LEED program as follows:

MR PREREQUISITE: CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING Required BD&C

This prerequisite applies to:

  • New Construction
  • Core & Shell
  • Schools
  • Retail
  • Data Centers
  • Warehouses & Distribution Centers
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare

Intent
To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.

Requirements
NC, CS, SCHOOLS, RETAIL NC, DATA CENTERS, WAREHOUSES & DISTRIBUTION CENTERS, HOSPITALITY NC, HEALTHCARE

Develop and implement a construction and demolition waste management plan:

  • Establish waste diversion goals for the project by identifying at least five materials (both structural and nonstructural) targeted for diversion. Approximate a percentage of the overall project waste that these materials represent.
  • Specify whether materials will be separated or comingled and describe the diversion strategies planned for the project. Describe where the material will be taken and how the recycling facility will process the material.
  • Provide a final report detailing all major waste streams generated, including disposal and diversion rates.

Alternative daily cover (ADC) does not qualify as material diverted from disposal. Land-clearing debris is not considered construction, demolition, or renovation waste that can contribute to waste diversion.

Credit: LEED BD&C v.4 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations; USGBC


MR CREDIT: BUILDING LIFE-CYCLE IMPACT REDUCTION
BD&C
2–6 points

This credit applies to:

  • New Construction (2–5 points)
  • Core & Shell (2–6 points)
  • Schools (2–5 points)
  • Retail (2–5 points)
  • Data Centers (2–5 points)
  • Warehouses & Distribution Centers (2–5 points)
  • Hospitality (2–5 points)
  • Healthcare (2–5 points)

Intent
To encourage adaptive reuse and optimize the environmental performance of products and materials.

Requirements
NC, CS, SCHOOLS, RETAIL NC, DATA CENTERS, WAREHOUSES & DISTRIBUTION CENTERS, HOSPITALITY NC, HEALTHCARE

Demonstrate reduced environmental effects during initial project decision-making by reusing existing building resources or demonstrating a reduction in materials use through life-cycle assessment. Achieve one of the following options.

Option 1. Historic Building Reuse (5 points BD&C, 6 points Core and Shell)
Maintain the existing building structure, envelope, and interior nonstructural elements of a historic building or contributing building in a historic district. To qualify, the building or historic district must be listed or eligible for listing in the local, state, or national register of historic places. Do not demolish any part of a historic building or contributing building in a historic district unless it is deemed structurally unsound or hazardous. For buildings listed locally, approval of any demolition must be granted by the local historic preservation review board. For buildings listed in a state register or the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.), approval must appear in a programmatic agreement with the state historic preservation office or National Park Service (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.).

Any alteration (preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation) of a historic building or a contributing building in a historic district on the project site must be done in accordance with local or national standards for rehabilitation, whichever are applicable. If building is not subject to historic review, include on the project team a preservation professional who meets U.S. federal qualifications for historic architects (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.); the preservation professional must confirm conformance to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.).

OR

Option 2. Renovation of Abandoned or Blighted Building (5 points BD&C, 6 points Core and Shell) Maintain at least 50%, by surface area, of the existing building structure, enclosure, and interior structural elements for buildings that meet local criteria of abandoned or are considered blight. The building must be renovated to a state of productive occupancy. Up to 25% of the building surface area may be excluded from credit calculation because of deterioration or damage. 90

OR

Option 3. Building and Material Reuse (2–4 points BD&C, 2-5 points Core and Shell)

Reuse or salvage building materials from off site or on site as a percentage of the surface area, as listed in Table 1. Include structural elements (e.g., floors, roof decking), enclosure materials (e.g., skin, framing), and permanently installed interior elements (e.g., walls, doors, floor coverings, ceiling systems). Exclude from the calculation window assemblies and any hazardous materials that are remediated as a part of the project.

Materials contributing toward this credit may not contribute toward MR Credit Material Disclosure and Optimization.

Table 1.   Points for reuse of building materials Percentage   of completed project surface area reused Points BD&C Points BD&C (Core and   Shell)
25% 2 2
50% 3 3
75% 4 5

Credit: LEED BD&C v.4 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations; USGBC


MR CREDIT: BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION – SOURCING OF RAW MATERIALS
BD&C
1–2 points

This credit applies to:

  • New Construction (1–2 points)
  • Core & Shell (1–2 points)
  • Schools (1–2 points)
  • Retail (1–2 points)
  • Data Centers (1–2 points)
  • Warehouses & Distribution Centers (1–2 points)
  • Hospitality (1–2 points)
  • Healthcare (1–2 points)

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 reward project teams for selecting products verified to have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner.

Requirements
NC, CS, SCHOOLS, RETAIL NC, DATA CENTERS, WAREHOUSES & DISTRIBUTION CENTERS, HOSPITALITY NC, HEALTHCARE

Option 1. Raw Material Source and Extraction Reporting (1 point)
Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that have publicly released a report from their raw material suppliers which include raw material supplier extraction locations, a commitment to long-term ecologically responsible land use, a commitment to reducing environmental harms from extraction and/or manufacturing processes, and a commitment to meeting applicable standards or programs voluntarily that address responsible sourcing criteria.

Products sourced from manufacturers with self-declared reports are valued as one half (1/2) of a product for credit achievement.

Third-party verified corporate sustainability reports (CSR) which include environmental impacts of extraction operations and activities associated with the manufacturer’s product and the product’s supply chain, are valued as one whole product for credit achievement calculation. Acceptable CSR frameworks include the following:

  •  Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Report 
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Develoment (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 
  • U.N. Global Compact: Communication of Progress
  • ISO 26000: 2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility
  • USGBC approved program: Other USGBC approved programs meeting the CSR criteria.

Option 2. Leadership Extraction Practices (1 point)

Use products that meet at least one of the responsible extraction criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products in the project.

Extended producer responsibility. Products purchased from a manufacturer (producer) that participates in an extended producer responsibility program or is directly responsible for extended

Credit: LEED BD&C v.4 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations; USGBC


MR CREDIT: CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT
BD&C
1–2 points

This credit applies to:

  • New Construction (1–2 points)
  • Core & Shell (1–2 points)
  • Schools (1–2 points)
  • Retail (1–2 points)
  • Data Centers (1–2 points)
  • Warehouses & Distribution Centers (1–2 points)
  • Hospitality (1–2 points)
  • Healthcare (1–2 points)

Intent
To reduce construction and demolition waste disposed of in landfills and incineration facilities by recovering, reusing, and recycling materials.

Requirements
NC, CS, SCHOOLS, RETAIL NC, DATA CENTERS, WAREHOUSES & DISTRIBUTION CENTERS, HOSPITALITY NC, HEALTHCARE

Recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials. Calculations can be by weight or volume but must be consistent throughout.

Exclude excavated soil, land-clearing debris, and alternative daily cover (ADC). Include wood waste converted to fuel (biofuel) in the calculations; other types of waste-to-energy are not considered diversion for this credit.

However, for projects that cannot meet credit requirements using reuse and recycling methods, waste-to-energy systems may be considered waste diversion if the European Commission Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and Waste Incineration Directive 2000/76/EC are followed and Waste to Energy facilities meet applicable European Committee for Standardization (CEN) EN 303 standards.

Option 1. Diversion (1–2 points)

Path 1. Divert 50% and Three Material Streams (1 point)

Divert at least 50% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least three material streams.

OR

Path 2. Divert 75% and Four Material Streams (2 points)

Divert at least 75% of the total construction and demolition material; diverted materials must include at least four material streams.

OR

Option 2. Reduction of Total Waste Material (2 points)

Do not generate more than 2.5 pounds of construction waste per square foot (12.2 kilograms of waste per square meter) of the building’s floor area.

Credit: LEED BD&C v.4 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations; USGBC

For more information visit www.USGBC.org or contact a LEED accredited professional.


Why Recycle?

  • Recycled aggregates usually meet or exceed all applicable state and federal specifications.
  • Divert reusable materials from the landfill while reducing mining.
  • Save $$ on projects by avoiding high disposal/tipping fees where Bland Recycling facilities exist.
  • Save on transport fees by backhauling aggregate back to any job.

For more information about the benefits and methods of aggregate recycling, visit www.ConcreteRecycling.org and www.AsphaltPavementRecycling.com.