The fact that half the points in LEED v4’s three Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits are currently unachievable can be frustrating to LEED project teams, especially if they’ve spent a lot of time trying to earn those points. But for LEED as a market transformation program, it’s merely an indication that USGBC got a little too far ahead of its market on those options.
Considering how unreachable almost everything in these credits seemed when they were first launched in 2013, however, the fact that half the points are now readily achieved is a notable success. Between future revisions to the credits and increasing capacity in the market to meet these demands, the rest of the points will come sooner or later.
In the meantime, exemplary performance points for Option 1 in both the EPDs credit and the Material Ingredients are within reach, and getting easier all the time as more suppliers publish transparency documentation for their products. There are also pilot credits that USGBC is using to encourage project teams to explore this relatively uncharted territory, such as Integrative Analysis of Building Materials and Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment. We still have some work to do as we learn how to select products that are best for human health and the environment, and these work-in-progress credits are helping us get there.http://www.infinair.com