USGBC Approves New LEED Pilot Credit Point

May 22, 2014

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) approved an innovation and design point through the LEED Pilot Credit Library available to projects when the construction and demolition (C&D) waste is recycled at C&D recycling facilities with recycling rates that have received independent third party certification.

The new Pilot Credit Point has been developed as part of the USGBC’s focus on performance in its LEED rating systems. The intent is to achieve higher quality of construction and demolition waste diversion by encouraging a verification standard for recycling facilities willing to accurately quantify waste data. This will reduce uncertainty associated with self-reported numbers.

The credit is available for pilot testing by a variety of LEED 2009 project types including: New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools, Retail, Commercial Interiors, Homes and Existing Buildings. Specific details on the Pilot Credit and requirements for independent third party certification can be found on the USGBC website. Presently, the Recycling Certification Institute's (RCI) Certification Of Real Rates (CORR) Protocol is the only program that meets the requirements of this Pilot Credit.