LEED Credits for Office FurnitureProviding high-quality new and pre-owned office furniture at affordable prices
What is LEED®?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to help encourage and promote green building practices and strategies. The LEED rating system concentrates on 6 major areas including: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and a separate category for innovation in design. The following certification levels can be awarded depending on which rating system is chosen for the project and how many points are earned: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The breakdown below shows the number of points needed to obtain for each certification level for the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system.
- Certified: 40-49 points
- Silver: 50-59 points
- Gold: 60-79 points
- Platinum: 80 and above points
What particular points can BHC help support towards LEED certification?
Materials & Resources Credit 3.2 – Furniture and Furnishings (1 point)
- Requirement: Use salvaged, refurbished or used furniture and furnishings for 30% of the total furniture and furnishings budget.
- Comments: BHC’s selection of pre-owned workstations, seating and case goods can help contribute to obtaining this credit.
Materials & Resources Credit 4 – Recycled Content (1-2 points)
- Requirements: Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of postconsumer recycled content plus 1/2 of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% or 20%, based on cost, of the total value of the materials in the project. (10% of recycled content = 1 point, 20% = 2 points)
Materials & Resources Credit 5 – Regional Materials (1-2 points)
- Requirements: Use a minimum of 20% regionally manufactured materials and products within a 500-mile radius.
Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 6.1 – Controllability of Systems – Lighting (1 point)
- Requirements: Provide individual lighting controls for: 90% (minimum) of the tenant space occupants to enable adjustments to suit individual task needs and preferences. Provide lighting system controls for all shared multi-occupant spaces to enable adjustments that meet group needs and preferences.
- Comments: BHC can help obtain this credit through providing individual task lighting in our workstations so that each occupant can have the flexibility/control of the amount of light in their work area.
Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 8.1 – Daylighting and Views – Daylighting (1-2 points)
- Intent: To provide occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the tenant space.
- Requirements: Through 1 of the 4 options achieve day lighting in at least the following spaces: 75% of regularly occupied spaces (1 point) or 90% of occupied spaces (2 points). For more information please visit USGBC’s website.
- Comments: BHC can help in obtaining a credit in this category by incorporating lower panel heights for workstations or even adding glass panels so that natural lighting can be utilized.
Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 8.2 – Daylight and Views—Views for Seated Spaces (1 point)
- Requirements: Achieve a direct line of sight to the outdoor environment via vision glazing between 30 inches and 90 inches above the finish floor for building occupants in 90% of all regularly occupied areas.