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Guide to Achieving LEED v4 and v4.1 BPDO Credits
This BPDO guide offers a framework of the product categories that we at Green Badger see the broadest number of manufacturers and product lines with EPDs, HPDs, Cradle to Cradle certifications, Declare labels and anything else you need to earn the BPDO credits.
Download the LEED v4 and v4.1 BPDO Credit Guide
Download the BPDO Guide to get expert advice and strategies for achieving all of the LEED v4 and v4.1 construction materials credits.
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Use it as a starting point. Hopefully, you can find your 20 products in these few categories quickly and easily and get on with your life. The alternative involves scouring databases, reading through 500 page submittals, and earning a PhD in chemistry to determine if a product will help you earn your certification.
Years after the release of LEED v4, with quarterly tweaks within the still un-balloted LEED v4.1, we still have daily discussions with project teams to figure out which of the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) credits are achievable, and how the F@*K to earn them.
Download the BPDO Guide to get expert advice and strategies for achieving all of the LEED v4 and v4.1 construction materials credits:
- MRc2 Option 1: Environmental Product Declarations
- MRc2 Option 2: Multi-Attribute Optimization
- MRc3: Sourcing of Raw Materials
- MRc4 Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting
- MRc4 Option 2: Material Ingredient Optimization
While we could rant daily with the many “fun challenges” that come with earning LEED certification, we’re taking the high road. We strive to be solution providers, and firmly believe in our motto of making “Sustainability Simplified”.
In the meantime, we’ve created a guide to help teams plan a strategy to earn all of the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits for LEED v4.1. It may take some very careful planning, but with the April 2021 updates to the BPDO credits all of the options are now at least potentially earnable which is a huge update over prior iterations.
Download the BPDO Guide to get Actionable Strategies + Best Practices for all the LEED v4 construction materials credits
With the latest updates, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) Option 1, Sourcing of Raw Materials, and Material Ingredient Optimization are all very achievable. EPD Optimization (Option 2) and Material Ingredient Optimization (Option 2) now have very achievable requirement thresholds, but especially for the former, there are barely 20 products that exist (as of this writing).
Even with the more straightforward EPD and Ingredient reporting credits, we see too much finger-pointing.
The general contractor gets a generic spec that says "Obtain EPDs where available," but no strategy/guidance of where to look, or a spec that calls for a product with an HPD but it costs 20% more. That’s where this guide comes in. It’s a starting point for where to most easily and readily find products that meet the requirements for all the BPDO. This is NOT a comprehensive list of every single product that has LEED compliant documentation. Go spend a few hundred hours going product by product through all the various databases out there if you want that.