The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved an Innovation and Design point through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit Library on projects seeking LEED certification. The point is available to projects when the construction and demolition (C&D) debris is recycled at C&D recycling facilities with recycling rates that have received independent third party certification.
According to the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), the Pilot Credit Point was developed as part of the USGBC’s focus on performance in its LEED rating systems. The intent is to achieve higher quality of C&D debris diversion by encouraging a verification standard for recycling facilities willing to accurately quantify waste data. The point is designed to reduce uncertainty associated with self-reported numbers, says RCI in a press release. 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.
To view the specific details on the Pilot Credit point and requirements for independent third-party certification click here.
RCI says its Certification of Real Rates (CORR) Protocol is the only program that meets the requirements of the Pilot Credit. The CORR Protocol is an ISO-level third-party certification standard, which was developed in conjunction with the USGBC and building, construction, recycling industry and government stakeholders.
Established in 2013, RCI’s purpose is to implement the CORR Protocol. RCI administers the national certification program to ensure integrity, transparency, accuracy and reliability in the recovery/recycling reports of participating C&D recycling facilities.
For more information about the CORR Protocol and the Pilot Credit Point, contact RCI Executive Director Stephen Bantillo at 916-242-8287 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.