Section 2: Individual LEED Credit Reviews
LEED Credit MR-2.2:
The 75 percent threshold may also require a higher
degree of oversight and coordination on the part of
the General Contractor or Construction Manager
to ensure that all significant opportunities to
recycle are acted upon.
As noted under Credit MR-2.1, the costs associated
with construction waste recycling are likely to vary
considerably across GSA's range of projects.
Divert construction, demolition, and land
While there is more likelihood that a cost premium
clearing debris from landfill disposal. Redirect
will be paid when pursuing the 75 percent recycling
recyclable material back to the manufacturing
threshold, it may still be possible in some projects
process. Redirect reusable materials to
to earn the credit with no appreciable cost impact.
Basis for Cost Assumption
The cost premiums defined for this credit are above
Develop and implement a waste management
and beyond those defined for Credit MR-2.1. For the
plan, quantifying material diversion goals.
purposes of this study, the full costs to achieve 75
Recycle and/or salvage an additional 25%
percent construction waste recycling are defined as
(75% total) of construction, demolition and land
the costs from Credit MR-2.1 plus the costs
clearing waste. Calculations can be done by
estimated for this credit.
weight or volume but must be consistent
In the Courthouse model, a ,000 General
Conditions cost increase is included in the project
to cover additional labor, expenses, and
administration. This fee applies in both the "low
cost" and "high cost" Courthouse scenarios.
Cost Impact = 3*
In the Office Building model, a ,000 General
Conditions cost increase is included in the
"minimal faade renovation" scenarios. The 75
percent threshold is only assumed to be viable if
extensive recycling occurs during the demolition
phase, including recycling of mechanical/electrical
components (piping, ductwork, wire) and
* Assumes that Credit MR-2.1 is already being pursued,
salvage/recycling of heavy equipment (chillers,
with associated costs.
boilers). The credit is not pursued in the full faade
renovation scenarios, on the assumption that the
concrete, masonry, or stone from the existing
faade may not be recyclable in some locations,
This credit is an extension of Credit MR-2.1
making the achievement of 75 percent recycling
(Construction Waste Management, 50 percent)
with a higher threshold requirement. The Practical
Applications section of Credit MR-2.1 describes
the typical range of Construction Waste
Management (CWM) tasks in LEED projects.
The likelihood of a project meeting the 75 percent
threshold depends primarily on the type and
quantity of recyclable waste generated on the site,
the degree of diligence by the contractors who sort
and collect the material, and the proximity of
recycling processors and haulers to the project site.
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