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Deadline for LEED 6th public comment period is March 31st! Our analysis on the materials credit:

The KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid) is one of the fundamental design principles of the industrial age. It holds that simple systems generally work more effectively than complex systems, and therefore, unnecessary complexity should be avoided in good design. The latest version of the LEED Material Ingredients Credit (MRc4) kisses this notion goodbye. At the behest of the chemical industry, the USGBC has taken a credit that would reward meaningful chemical disclosure and avoidance in building products and embellished it with complex documentation pathways, opt-out options, and an inscrutable “supply chain” option. These turn the intent of the credit on its head, by effectively rewarding the status quo. Taken together, they make the new credit unattractive to design teams who have been pleading for less complexity in LEED V4, and create a launch pad for new greenwash i...

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