I'm working on a LEED-CI project and want to know if I can earn ID points by donating salvaged materials to a charity or not-for-profit organization.
Salvaged materials are indeed addressed in LEED-CI. Here's how they add up.
Penny Bonda -- Interior Design, 5/12/2008 12:00:00 AM
Materials and Resources Credit 2 in LEED-CI, Construction Waste Management, awards 1 point for recycling or salvaging 50% of construction waste plus a second point for reaching the 75% threshold. It really doesn't matter where the waste goes, as long as it's not to a landfill or incinerator. In fact, the credit specifically recognizes donations to charitable organizations. As with many credits in LEED, project teams can earn an Innovation in Design (ID) point for exemplary performance, in this case for a 95% or greater diversion. All material diverted, whether to charities, recyclers, reclamation programs or even those that are sold to salvage yards are included in those numbers.
Many projects have earned the ID points through donations to groups such as Habitat For Humanity or the Salvation Army. Unwanted millwork, carpet tiles, kitchen equipment, windows, doors, plumbing and lighting fixtures are especially welcome. Many communities have organizations that facilitate construction material donations and reuse. It would be great to hear from readers who have diverted materials in this way.
Also, don't forget that salvaged materials used for 5 to 10 % of construction materials earn 1–2 points in MR Credit 3, Resource Reuse. Reaching the next increment, 15 %, will earn an innovation point as well.