Materials and Resources
Storage & Collection of Recyclables (1)
Facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills.
Provide an easily accessible area that serves the entire building that is dedicated to the separation,
collection and storage of materials for recycling including (at a minimum) paper, glass, plastics, and metals.
Establish a waste management plan which meets requirements of the installation/base environmental and/or solid
waste management plans in cooperation with users to encourage recycling. Reserve space for recycling
functions early in the building occupancy programming process and show areas dedicated to collection of
recycled materials on space utilization plans. Broader recycling support space considerations should allow for
collection and storage of the required elements and newspaper, organic waste (food and soiled paper), and dry
waste. When collection bins are used, bin(s) should be able to accommodate a 75% diversion rate and be easily
accessible to custodial staff and recycling collection workers. Consider bin designs that allow for easy cleaning to
avoid health issues.
Extend the life cycle of existing building stock, conserve resources, retain cultural resources, reduce waste, and
reduce environmental impacts of new buildings as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.
Reuse large portions of existing structures during renovation or redevelopment projects.
Maintain at least 75% of existing building structure and shell (exterior skin and framing excluding window
Maintain an additional 25% (100% total) of existing building structure and shell (exterior skin and framing
excluding window assemblies).
Maintain 100% of existing building structure and shell AND 50% non-shell (walls, floor coverings, and ceiling
Evaluate retention of existing structure. Consider facade preservation, particularly in installation/base areas.
During programming and space planning, consider adjusting needs and occupant use patterns to fit within existing
building structure and interior partition configurations. Identify and effectively address energy, structural, and
indoor environmental (lead & asbestos) issues in building reuse planning and deconstruction documents.
Percentage of reused non-shell building portions will be calculated as the total area (s.f.) of reused walls, floor
covering, and ceiling systems, divided by the existing total area (s.f.) of walls, floor covering, and ceiling systems.
Construction Waste Management
Divert construction, demolition, and land clearing debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable material back
to the manufacturing process.
Develop and implement a waste management plan, quantifying material diversion by weight:
Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% (by weight) of construction, demolition, and land clearing waste.
Recycle and/or salvage an additional 25% (75% total by weight) of the construction, demolition, and land
Develop and specify a waste management plan which meets requirements of the installation/base environmental
and/or solid waste management plans that identifies licensed haulers and processors of recyclables; identifies
markets for salvaged materials; employs deconstruction, salvage, and recycling strategies and processes,
includes waste auditing; and documents the cost for recycling, salvaging, and reusing materials. Source
reduction on the job site should be an integral part of the plan.
The plan should address recycling of corrugated cardboard, metals, concrete brick, asphalt, land clearing debris
(if applicable), beverage containers, clean dimensional wood, plastic, glass, gypsum board, and carpet; evaluate
the cost-effectiveness of recycling rigid insulation, engineered wood products and other materials; hazardous
materials storage and management; and participation in manufacturers' "take-back" programs to the maximum
extent possible. Refer to the LEED Reference Guide for guidelines and references that provide waste
management plan development and implementation support including model bid specifications.
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