The U.S. Green Building Council is offering two new pilot credits to encourage building project teams to incorporate lifecycle and risk-based metrics into their materials selection processes.
The pilot credit requirements are consistent with the philosophy behind LEED version 4, which is focused on materials performance and an understanding of the effect materials ingredients have on human health and the environment.
More information on the two pilot credits is below:
The Integrative Analysis of Building Materials LEED pilot credit encourages building project teams to evaluate products and materials using available life cycle information, to identify those that have positive environmental, health and safety impacts.
Building project teams must use at least three different permanently installed products with documented health, safety and environmental impact data in five lifecycle stages: assembly/manufacturing, installation, use, maintenance and end of life.
The Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment LEED pilot credit awards credit to building project teams that incorporate products that have assessed human health-related hazard and exposure considerations in their installation and use phases.
Project teams must use at least five different permanently installed products, from at least two different manufacturers, that have completed human hazard and exposure assessments and received acceptable risk scores.
For more information, contact: Brett Howard, American Chemistry Council