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LEED Study Guide

LEED Study Guide

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Some European companies build prefabricated homes that are energy efficient, well
insulated, and can be delivered in pieces for assembly. However, having the home built
in Europe, shipped in pieces to a U.S. port, and then transported on to Ohio consumes a
lot of energy.

Regionally harvested, processed, and manufactured products reduce transportation costs
by avoiding overseas shipping costs, long rail transport, or long-distance trucking costs.
Reducing transportation costs reduce the energy needs for that transportation. Besides
reducing shipping and delivery costs, buying locally helps local businesses.

LEED gives credit when certain percentages of materials are extracted and manufactured
within a 500-mile radius of the project site. The materials must be extracted, harvested
or recovered, and manufactured within 500 miles.
The product, or fraction of the
product, must meet those criteria.

Example: Wood extracted in Canada and then shipped to North Carolina for the purpose
of creating cabinets for a project in North Carolina would not count. The wood would
have needed to be extracted within 500 miles of North Carolina.

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Example: A chair is made from different types of wood. Some of the wood was
extracted from 250 miles away, and some from 750 miles away. Only the portion of the
wood in the chair that was extracted from 250 miles away would count as a locally
harvested and manufactured material, assuming the chair was manufactured within the
500 mile radius of the project site.

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