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Hardwood Flooring And LEED

By FAF Staff Writer, (425 words) Posted in Hardwood on February 12, 2010
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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an initiative of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to encourage the development of green homes. LEED comprises 6 main certification programs, one of them being Commercial Interiors (CI).

In homes, LEED certification assures that they are eco–friendly, healthier to live in and less expensive to operate. A LEED certification translates into enhanced asset value. The use of eco–friendly hardwood floors contributes toward earning points which lead to qualification for a LEED certificate.

Under LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED–CI), green hardwood can earn points as follows:

LEED Materials and Resources–MR 5: Regional Materials &ndas; 2 points available

For MR 5 LEED credits, materials have to be used which originate within a radius of 500 miles from the installation site. The use of 20% of locally manufactured building materials and furniture qualifies for 1 LEED point. Once this criterion is fulfilled, a 10% usage of materials from local sources (extracted, harvested or recovered) earns an additional point. Hardwood harvested and manufactured within this boundary will contribute towards these Materials and Resources credits.

LEED Materials and Resources–MR 3.1: Regional Materials – 2 points available

The use of 5% salvaged materials qualifies for 1 point and an additional 5% earns an additional point. This would apply to eco–friendly hardwood salvaged from a dismantled construction or otherwise.

LEED Materials and Resources–MR 7: Certified Wood – 1 point available

If at least 50% of wood, including building materials and furniture, used in the project is certified and meets with FSC Principles and Criteria for wood building components then the project qualifies for this LEED credit. This applies to freshly harvested hardwood used in flooring.

LEED Indoor Environmental Quality – Low Emitting Materials: IEQ 4.1. 4.2. 4.3 and 4.4 – 1 point available for each.

Green hardwood is eligible to 1 point in each for the following categories:

  1. 4.1 – Adhesives and Sealant To earn LEED credits, adhesives, sealant primers and sealants must meet South East Air Quality Management District Rule 1186 for VOC limits.
  2. 4.2 – Paints and Coatings As above for Rule 1113 also must meet Green Seal VOC standards to qualify for LEED credit.
  3. 4.3 – Flooring Systems The flooring system must reduce indoor air contaminants and promote the well–:being of the installers and the occupants. To qualify for LEED credit the system must comply with Rule 1113.
  4. 4.4 – Wood and Agrifiber Products To qualify for this LEED IEQ credit the hardwood flooring must not contain added formaldehyde beyond what is contained naturally.

LEED Materials and Resources – MR 2: Environmentally Preferable Products – 8 points available

There are various conditions in this category relating to eco–friendly hardwood floors that are more fully elaborated in www.usgbc.org


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