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More Options Now Available for LEED Material Ingredient Disclosure Credit

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With LEED v4 preparing to be officially launched in October 2016, recent activity has provided manufacturers more options for meeting the Material Ingredient Disclosure credit. These include:
• The American Architect Institute (AIA) recently published a guidance document for its audience. The report provides guidance for an architect when selecting products based on environmental or health impact disclosure.
• The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the Living Future Institute’s Declare label is now an approved pathway for Option 1 of the Material Ingredients credit for LEED v4. Please see more details here.
• USGBC has announced a new LEED pilot credit - Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment - which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases. The pilot credit seeks to reward manufacturers who perform hazard and exposure assessments that can serve as a basis for developing products designed to minimize human health impacts during installation and use of the products.
To support the concrete industry for evolving material transparency, NRMCA recently published a Material Ingredient Reporting Guidance document. The guide, funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation, offers explanation and provides pathways for concrete producers to contribute toward LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit. In addition to presenting compliance paths, this report recommends the most practical and inexpensive pathway for the majority of concrete producers for establishing the necessary information for delivering on the credit criteria. Click here to read the report.

For more information, contact James Bogdan at or 412-420-4138.

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