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By-Product material, other than the principal product, generated as a consequence of an industrial process or as a breakdown product in a living system. (EPA)
Certified Wood wood that has be issued a certificate from an independent organization with developed standards of good forest management.
Construction & Demolition Debris waste and recyclables generated from construction & from the renovation, demolition, or deconstruction of existing structures. It does not include land-clearing debris such as soil, vegetation, & rocks.
Construction Waste Management Plant plan that diverts construction debris from landfills through recycling, salvaging, and reuse.
Regional/Locally Sourced Materials amount of a building’s materials that are extracted, processed, & manufactured close to a project site, expressed as a percentage of the total materials cost. For LEED, regional materials originate within 500 miles of the project site.
Recycled Content the % of material in a product that is recycled from the manufacturing waste stream (pre-consumer waste) or the consumer waste stream (post-consumer waste) & used to make new materials.
Post-Consumer Recycled Content % of material in product that was consumer waste.Recycled material was generated by end users and can no longer be used for its intended purpose(i.e. = construction/demolition debris, landscaping waste,discarded products,materials collected in recycling).
Pre-Consumer Recycled Content % of material in a product that was recycled from manufacturing waste. (i.e. = sawdust, trimmed materials, obsolete inventories) Excluded are rework, regrind, scrap materials capable of being reclaimed within same process that generated them.
Rapidly Renewable Materials & Products amount of a building’s agricultural products (fiber or animal) that are quickly grown or raised and can be harvested in a sustainable fashion, expressed as a % of the total materials cost. For LEED these materials take 10 years or less to grow or raise.
Reuse amount of building materials returned to active use (in same or related capacity as original use). Materials are incorporated into the new building, extending lifetime of materials that would have been discarded.
Salvaged Material construction items recovered from existing buildings or construction sites and reused. Common materials include structural beams & posts, flooring, doors, cabinetry, brick, and decorative items.
Sustainable Forestry management of forest resources to meet the long-term product needs of humans while maintaining biodiversity of forested areas. Primary goal is restore, enhance, and sustain a full range of forest values.
Sustained-Yield Forestry management of a forest to produce in perpetuity a high-level annual or regular periodic output, through a balance between increment and cutting.
Waste Diversion amount of waste disposed of other than through incineration or in landfills, expressed in tons. (i.e. = reuse, recycling)
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