LEED Reporting – Solid Waste Management

LEED Reporting – Solid Waste Management

What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a worldwide green building rating system that provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving buildings.

Why get a LEED certification?

As well as saving resources and generating less waste, LEED buildings attract tenants, cost less to operate and boost employee productivity and retention.

How does it work?

The LEED rating system is based on earning credits which have an associated number of points. A minimum number of points must be earned for LEED certification. It is possible to get credits for recycling activities, such as solid waste management.

How do I get points?

It is possible to get 2 points from proper management of ongoing solid waste. To do so, the building must hit the performance measures for both durable goods and ongoing consumables waste. This involves maintaining a waste reduction and recycling program that reuses, recycles, or composts the following:

    • At least 50% of the ongoing consumable (by weight or volume)
    • At least 75% of the durable goods waste (by weight, volume or replacement value)

formula for LEED solid waste management

  • Additionally, safely dispose of all discarded batteries and mercury-containing lamps.
    • Required to provide clearly labeled battery collection bins in high-visibility areas. Identify a qualified, licensed recycler that will recycle the batteries in accordance with state and federal requirements.
    • 100% of mercury-containing lamps to be safely disposed. Establish procedures for handling broken lamps, and have a designated space for storing used lamps before they are collected for recycling.

It is also possible to get 1 extra point for exemplary performance by achieving a higher performance score. This would require a 75% of ongoing consumables performance and a 100% durable goods performance.

What exactly are ongoing consumables / durable goods?

Ongoing Consumable: a product that has a low-cost unit and is regularly used and replaced in the course of business. Examples include paper, toner cartridges, binders, batteries and desk accessories.

Durable goods: products with a useful life of approximately two or more years before being infrequently replaced. Examples include furniture, office equipment, appliances, external power adaptors, televisions and audiovisual equipment.

What is the process?

  1. Register your project by completing key forms and submitting payment.
  2. Apply for LEED certification by submitting your completed certification application and paying a review fee.
  3. Your LEED application is reviewed by the Green Business Certification Inc.
  4. Receive the certification decision.

What are some timeframes?

This performance has to be measured in a period of between 3 and 24 months. Note that all performance periods for certification must end within the same 30-day interval and that the application must be sent within 60 days of the final performance period.

Following the first certification, projects must recertify within five years. The project is eligible for recertification as often as every 12 months. The performance period is then running from last certification until recertification. As solid waste management is ongoing the project should always track their performance after being certified.