USGBC Announces New LEED Pilot Credit
DC, May 25, 2016—The U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit, Building Material Human
Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and
manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products
during their installation and use phases.
The pilot credit seeks to reward
manufacturers who perform hazard and exposure assessments that can serve as a
basis for developing products designed to minimize human health impacts during
installation and use of the products. These assessments can, in turn, be an
important consideration for alternative assessment of building materials. By
requiring exposure to be considered during product development, this pilot
begins to make linkages between the product’s ingredient inventory and hazard
assessment required by the existing Materials Ingredients credit and
performance testing required by LEED’s Low Emitting Materials credits.
The Hazard & Exposure pilot
credit continues USGBC’s work to advance LEED users’ knowledge and
understanding of the materials used to build and operate buildings. USGBC’s
ultimate aim is that project teams have a full and complete picture of building
materials and products—all in one place—which will help enable transparent,
informed decisions around important attributes of materials and products used
in our offices, homes, schools and other structures.