Sourcing of Raw Materials

Sourcing of Raw Materials

A new Option 1 focuses on manufacturers that have publicly released information on sustainable sourcing and extraction methods of their suppliers. Reporting can be self declared and receive 1/2 credit or 3rd party verified for full credit. A number of corporate sustainability report frameworks are acceptable including the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Report.

While a more familiar feeling Option 2 focuses on things like FSC certification, material reuse, and recycled content that have now been combined under a 25% threshold by material cost. The two other contributing categories include bio-based products as verified by the Sustainable Agricultural Standard and products backed by manufacturer extended producer responsibility programs.

Every product that can be sourced within 100 miles, which is the new regional materials boundary, doubles the cost contribution to the Option 2 cost calculation. So the combination of materials and regional cost doubling helps make the threshold accessible (though you generally don’t find out for sure until all the purchases are made). But be aware that enclosure and structure materials that formerly were a significant part of regional materials compliance can now only contribute up to 30% of the overall value of compliant materials, the numerator of the calculation, but still contribute 100% of their cost to the denominator.

STRATEGIES:

  • Until the market catches up to the reporting requirements, target Option 2 for this credit. Many projects are likely to achieve the combined threshold.
  • Once the market does catch up, Option 1 products can hopefully be specified to contribute to all three Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits.

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