California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Sustainable (Green) Building

Matrix: Overview of Recycled Content Levels and Product Availability

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The following matrix provides information on green construction materials from several building projects that placed an emphasis on achieving environmental benefits. An overview of recycled content levels of products, their availability, and environmental attributes are outlined based on CSI MasterFormat.™

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Notes and Abbreviations

Building Project Notation:

  • CalEPA=California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters
  • EEP=East End Project Block 225[1]
  • FTB=Franchise Tax Board/Butterfield Project
  • GAP=Gap Building[2]
  • PA= State of Pennsylvania[3]
  • RG=Ridgehaven Building[4]

Comments/Environmental Attributes Notation
For a definition of the following terms, please see the glossary of terms.

  • PC= postconsumer
  • PI= postindustrial (secondary material)
  • RC= total recycled content

Product Availability Notation
Overview of California manufacturers and out-of-state manufacturers. This is not a complete listing and is subject to change. Can also search CalRecycle's database for recycled content products and use the links to manufacturers.

Note: Any mention of commercial products or processes shall not be construed as an endorsement of such products or processes. (Disclaimers)

Product Category (organized by CSI MasterFormat Divisions) Product Type Recycled content levels adopted for each project Comments / Environmental Attributes Product availability
CSI Division: 01: General Requirements
CSI Division: 02: Site Construction
Asphalt concrete pavement/ Rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC)    EEP: 14% RAC ~ Requires less material for overlay (typically 2" for RAC vs. 4" for standard AC), longer lasting product, reduces braking distance and decreases noise from tires and creates a market for used tires. CalRecycle sources:

This material is a locally available from Sacramento-based asphalt batch plants, including Granite Construction Company.

Portland Cement Concrete Pavement and Flatwork EEP: 25% Up to 25% of fly ash replaced some Portland cement.

Fly ash has less embodied energy than Portland cement and creates a superior product by reducing water permeability.

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.
Reclaimed paving materials Pavement   100% RC

Reclaimed paving materials reduce demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources.

Cal Trans Standard Special Provisions allow up to 100% reclaimed paving materials for aggregate subbase and base.
Walk, Road, and Parking Appurtenances Wheel Stops and Speed Bumps: Plastic and/or Rubber EEP:
Parking Bumpers:
30-35% PC
65-70% PI

Speed Bumps:
96-100%

100% RC[5]

PC & RC plastic/rubber make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic, while decreasing demand for nonrenewable virgin resources.

CalRecycle sources:

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.

Walk, Road, and Parking Appurtenances Wheel stops: Concrete containing coal fly ash    Generally, 20 to 30% RC, but could be up to 40%. 15% when used as a partial cement replacement as an admixture in concrete.[6]

Fly ash has less embodied energy than Portland cement and creates a superior product by reducing water permeability.

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.
Walk, Road, and Parking Appurtenances Wheel stops: Concrete containing? ground granulated blast furnace slag   25-70% RC[7]

Granulated blast furnace slag has less embodied energy than the Portland cement, which it replaces a portion of.

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.
Porous paving products      Recommend conducting research on these products for possible inclusion on projects.

Porous paving products help reduce storm water runoff and increase infiltration rates resulting in groundwater recharge.

There are several porous paving products listed in www.OIKOS.com with up to 100% recycled content (search under products by CSI code).
Bike Racks      Recommend conducting research on these products for possible inclusion on projects.

Bike racks accommodate alternative modes of transportation, which lead to decreased production of greenhouse gases, and help improve air quality.

There are several bike racks listed in www.OIKOS.com with recycled content (search under products by CSI code).
Outdoor Furniture      Recommend conducting research on these products for possible inclusion on projects.

PC & RC furniture decreases pressure on forest resources and is a long lasting, maintenance free (no sanding or painting) alternative to wood.?

There are several outdoor furniture products listed in www.OIKOS.com with recycled content (search under products by CSI code).
Fencing      Recommend conducting research on these products for possible inclusion on projects.

PC & RC fencing decreases pressure on forest resources and are a long lasting, maintenance free (no sanding or painting) alternative to wood

There are several fencing products listed in www.OIKOS.com? with recycled content (search under products by CSI code).
Compost and Mulch Urban compost[8]and mulch made from grass clippings and landscape trimmings.    Use landscape trimmings and grass to produce compost and mulch and apply on site. Purchase 100% urban compost and mulch as needed.

Compost and mulch improve soil quality, act as pesticide free weed suppressant, reduces soil erosion, and decrease evaporative water loses.

Urban compost and mulch is widely available. The City of Sacramento operates a compost facility. The CalRecycle maintains a list of compost and mulch producers that can be provided to the landscape contractor or visit this web site: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Organics/Products/
Irrigation materials HDPE or PVC pipe and fittings   Fittings are expected to be more widely available than pipes. Recommend conducting research on these products for possible inclusion on projects.  
Irrigation materials Rubber and/or plastic soaker hose   60-70% postconsumer[9]

100% recycled tire rubber soaker hoses are available.

PC & 100% recycled tire hoses decrease demand for virgin petroleum products and require less energy in production than a virgin product. Creates markets for materials typically disposed.

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ (many listed)

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/TireRecycling/Products/ProdList.htm

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products. Also see attachment "Products manufactured with tire rubber."

Lawn and garden edging Rubber and/or plastic   30-100%[10]

Plastic bender board is making up more of market.

PC & RC garden edging materials decrease pressure on forest resources and are a long lasting, maintenance free alternative to wood.

Epic Plastics, Richmond, CA. EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.
Tree stakes Plastic FTB; 30% PC & RC tree stakes decrease pressure on forest resources and are a long lasting, maintenance free alternative to wood Envirosafe Products, Livingston, NJ. Also see resources for plastic lumber.
Site furnishings and trash receptacles Plastic lumber that can be used in benches, tables, chairs, trashcans, etc.

Certified redwood and western red cedar is an option for landscape furnishings as well.

FTB: 90% (plastic)

EEP: 90% (plastic slats: benches & trash receptacles)

75% minimum recycled content overall; 50% postconsumer material.[11]

Many products are available with 100% recycled content.

PC & RC furniture decreases pressure on forest resources and is a long lasting, maintenance free (no sanding or painting) alternative to wood.

Certified wood products are from timber harvesters that meet a stringent set of environmental criteria that minimize deforestation, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollutant runoff which result from intensive, noncertified, wood harvesting.

Call 800-243-5790 to order the Recycled Plastic Products Source Book by the American Plastics American Plastics Council. Some product suppliers are listed at their Web site: www.plastics.org

AERT, manufacturer of ChoiceDek (wood/plastic composite) (501)750-1299 Akron, OH
BTW Industries, Inc. (888) 685-7570
Earth Care Recycled Plastic Site Furnishings (800) 65-EARTH
Eaglebrook Plastics, Inc. (312) 491-2500
Envirowood (888)357-8392
Hammer's Plastic (800) 338-1438
Phoenix Recycled Plastics (610) 940-1590
The Plastic Lumber Company (800) 886-8990
Plastic Pilings (909) 874-4080
Polywood: structural plastic (800) 915-0043
Trex (800)BUY-TREX

Numerous other sources in CalRecycle database: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/

Playground surfaces, running tracks Plastic or rubber   EEP: 40% 90-100%[12]

CalRecycle playground grant program: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BuyRecycled/Grants/

PC & RC playground surfaces and running tracks decrease demand for virgin petroleum products and require less energy in production than a similar product made from virgin materials. PC & RC products also create markets for materials that are typically disposed.

CalRecycle sources:

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.

CSI Division 03: Concrete
Concrete reinforcement Reinforcing Steel FTB: 60%

EEP: 77%

PC & RC steel reduces demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources.  
Cast-in-place concrete   EEP: 25% & 40% Fly Ash replaced up to 25% cement content by weight.  At concrete used in mat foundations, fly ash replaced up to 40% of cement content by weight  
Precast concrete for nonstructural use. Utilize high level of fly ash    EEP: 25%, high vol. Fly ash 30% in draft RFP Fly ash has less embodied energy than Portland cement and creates a superior product by reducing water permeability of concrete. www.buildinggreen.com/features/flyash/index.html Fly ash is not a California waste product, but it is available on the west coast in Washington and Utah.

Austin, TX guide www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/Flyash.html

High volume fly ash concrete      Fly ash has less embodied energy than Portland cement and creates a superior product by reducing water permeability of concrete. www.buildinggreen.com/features/flyash/index.html

King County, Washington
Environmental Purchasing Program
Fly Ash in Concrete Bulletin #63

CSI Division 04: Masonry
Marble   EEP: 31,000 sq. ft. reused Reused marble reduces demand on nonrenewable virgin resources.  
Brick, Stone, Etc.     Reuse: salvaged materials available.

Reused brick and stone makes efficient use of existing materials and reduces demand for virgin resources.

Used red clay brick: Sepulveda Building Materials, Torrance, CA

Austin, TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/EarthMaterials.html

CSI Division 05: Metals
Structural Steel    FTB: 60%

EEP: 90% PC

PC & RC steel reduces demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources. No CA manufacturers. 23 manufacturers located out of State.
Light Gauge Steel Framing    CalEPA: 28% postconsumer

RG: 50% overall recycled content

PC & RC steel reduces demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources. 8 CA manufacturers, e.g., Angels Metal Systems, California Metal Systems
Metal Decking   Steel Deck FTB: 25%

EEP: 60% PC

PC & RC steel reduces demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources.   
Aluminum      Recommend conducting research on this material for products to include on projects.

PC & RC aluminum reduces demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources. RC & PC aluminum requires less energy in smelting process than virgin aluminum.

 
Metal Framing Cold-formed metal framing FTB: 25%

EEP:12.8% PC
14.7% PI

25% RC, 16% PC

PC & RC steel reduces demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources.

10 CA manufacturers
CSI Division 06: Wood and Plastics
Engineered structural products Laminated wood chips or strands and finger jointing.    Recommend conducting research on these products for possible inclusion on projects.

Engineered wood products use trees more efficiently than traditional products and help reduce demand for virgin timber.

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ (many listed)

Austin, TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/EngStruct.html

Architectural Woodwork Lumber and wood products EEP: 100% Products from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified sustainably harvested sources. They also meet the indoor air quality tests of the Special Environmental Requirements specification Section 01350.

The FSC is the only 3rd party organization who certifies sustainably harvested wood from environmentally responsible forest management.

 
CSI Division 07: Thermal and Moisture Protection
Building Insulation Cellulose RG: 100% PC, recyclable 100% PC cellulose building insulation makes efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled newspaper.

Sustainable Building Sourcebook/Austin, TX guide: http://www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/Insulation.HTML#CELLULOSE

2 manufacturers located in CA:
Greenstone/Louisiana Pacific Company of Benicia, CA
BMCA Insulation Products of Ontario, CA.
Building Insulation Fiberglass Thermal Batts FTB: 30% RC

EEP: 30% RC

Insulation was manufactured without formaldehyde resins. Johns Manville GridShield Fiberglass Insulation (batt), 25% RC with 18% PC, manufactured in Willows, CA.

CertainTeed Corp. InsulSafe FiberGlass Insulation (loose-fill), 30% PC, manufactured in Chowchilla, CA.

Composite Panels EEP: Aluminum Face Sheet: 75%
Standard Polyethylene Core: 6%
Extruded Aluminum Trip: 25%
   
Between-slab waterproofing    FTB: 25%

EEP: 25%

    
Below-grade waterproofing   FTB: 25%

EEP: 25%

    
CSI Division 08: Doors and Windows
Hollow metal doors and frames    FTB: 25%

EEP: 49% RC
18% PC,
31% PI

PC & RC metal doors and frames reduce demand for virgin nonrenewable resources and the environmental degradation commonly associated with the mining of those resources. 13 CA manufacturers
Wood doors   FSC Sustainably Harvested The FSC is the only 3rd party organization who certifies sustainably harvested wood from environmentally responsible forest management.  
Exterior glass and glazing    FTB: 35% PC & RC glass decrease demand for virgin materials and require less energy in production than a virgin product. Creates market for materials typically disposed. Austin, TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/WindowsDoors.html
Glazed aluminum curtain walls   EEP: 58-75% RC    
CSI Division 09: Finishes
Gypsum Board Fiber Gypsum wallboard (FiberBond and VHI (high impact drywall) FTB: 10% (FiberBond and VHI (high impact drywall)

EEP: 100% recycled paper face, recyclable product

RG: 5% postindustrial 100% recycled paper face, recyclable product

Can go with higher recycled content if purchased out of state. CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ (several listed)

Some in CA listed. Only Pabco Gypsum, located in Newark CA, reported using post consumer gypsum for filler material. Other CA based plants are Georgia Pacific of Antioch CA, National Gypsum Company of Richmond CA, and United States Gypsum (USG) of several locations in CA.

Finish Carpentry Medium density fiberboard, Type I   90% RC, 12% PC

Must meet HUD, HPVA, and NPA guidelines on formaldehyde emissions

RC & PC fiberboard reduces demand for virgin forest products and helps minimize deforestation, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollutant runoff which result from intensive, noncertified, wood harvesting. 

CA Manufacturers Pacific MDF Products of Rocklin, CA. Louisiana-Pacific of Oroville CA.? Medite Corp. of Medford, OR.
Finish Carpentry Medium density fiberboard, Type III (nonstructural) RG: 90% preconsumer recycled wood, recyclable 100% PC

Must meet HUD, HPVA, and NPA guidelines on formaldehyde emissions

RC & PC fiberboard reduces demand for virgin forest products and helps minimize deforestation, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollutant runoff which result from intensive, noncertified wood harvesting.

CA Manufacturer: Can-Fibre, Riverside, CA. Medite Corporation, Medford, OR. Homasote Company, West Trenton, New Jersey. Wood Recycling, Inc., of Boston, MA.
Finish Carpentry Particleboard    100% reclaimed wood or agricultural fiber

Must meet HUD, HPVA, and NPA guidelines on formaldehyde emissions

RC & PC fiberboard reduces demand for virgin forest products and helps minimize deforestation, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollutant runoff which result from intensive, noncertified wood harvesting.

Willamette Industries, Albany Oregon. Temple-Inland Forest Products of Dibold, Texas. Natural Fibre Board of Minneapolis, MN
Finish Carpentry Cellulose Honeycomb core (nonstructural panel)    100% PC paper fiber

PC cellulose honeycomb core reduce demand for virgin forest products and helps minimize deforestation, habitat destruction, loss of bio-diversity, soil erosion and pollutant runoff which result from intensive, non-certified, wood harvesting.

CA Manufacturer: Gridcore of Long Beach, CA. Bellcomb Technologies of Minneapolis, MN.
Acoustical ceiling tile (ACT)    FTB: 79%

EEP: 82%

CalEPA: 82%

PA: 50% PC

RG: 10% Post industrial, recyclable

PA specs:

Must be formaldehyde-free (Section 09510 of RFP for the EEP)

Alternatively, eliminate ACT to expose ceiling and reduce material use.

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ (three listed)

No CA manufacturers. Armstrong World Industries of Lancaster PA, Celotex of Tampa Florida. USG mentioned for CalEPA building.

Ceiling Ceiling panes GAP: 25% from mineral wool and newsprint (newsprint is 50% post consumer) PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled newspapers.  
Plastic electrical device wall plates   EEP: 20% in draft RFP PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic.  
Telecommunications cabling   EEP: 20% in draft RFP PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic.  
Resilient flooring Rubber flooring FTB: 5%

CalEPA: 100%

PC & RC rubber decreases demand for nonrenewable resources while creating a market for recycled rubber. CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ (many listed, search by CSI code, rather than key word)

Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FloorCoverings.html

Resilient flooring Linoleum Sheet Flooring RG: 10% post industrial, natural and renewable resource PA specs: http://www.gggc.state.pa.us/building/DGSspecs.doc

Linoleum is a renewable resource with significantly longer life than vinyl alternative and is a biodegradable product. For optimal performance, building maintenance professionals should be educated on appropriate cleaning procedures for linoleum.

Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FloorCoverings.html
Wood flooring    GAP: maple from certified well-managed forests Certified wood products are from timber harvesters that meet a stringent set of environmental criteria that minimize deforestation, habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and pollutant runoff which result from intensive, noncertified wood harvesting. CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/

Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/Woodfloor.html

Tile flooring    PA: 70% post industrial and PC glass in a ceramic matrix

RG: 58%

PC & RC glass decrease demand for virgin materials and require less energy in production than a virgin product. Creates market for materials typically disposed. Stoneware Tile Company or approved equal in PA specs.

Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FloorCoverings.html

Carpeting and pad/ Carpeting Carpeting  (and pad)

Type I--Integral cushion roll goods or carpet tile

FTB Butterfield project: 50%

EEP: 50% RC, 10% PC, 100% Recyclable

50% RC this is an overall minimum content standard that would include both the backing and the yarn.

Must meet VOC emission requirements (See Section 09680 of RFP for the EEP)

CalRecycle recommended 40-45% for the CalEPA building. We prefer the higher end of this range.

Testing information from Interface, Collins & Aikman, and Milliken, indicate they all meet or beat the 300-microgram standard for VOCs.

PC & RC carpet creates markets for recycled materials and some manufacturers will also take back carpet at end of useful life for recycling, reducing disposal costs and preserving landfill space.

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ (many listed)

No Type I recycled-content commercial carpets are manufactured in CA. CA manufacturers produce residential grade carpet. Produced out of state by: Interface Flooring Systems of LaGrange Georgia, Collins and Aikman of Dalton GA, Shaw Carpet of Dalton GA. Milliken, LaGrange, GA has a 100% remanufactured carpet.

Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FloorCoverings.html

Carpeting Tiles RG: 13% postindustrial nylon, reusable, recyclable after useful life

GAP (tiles used, recycled content not provided)

PA:100% recyclable

CalEPA: 52%

PA specs: http://www.gggc.state.pa.us/building/DGSspecs.doc

PC & RC carpet tiles create markets for recycled materials and some manufacturers will also take back carpet at end of useful life for recycling, reducing disposal costs and preserving landfill space.

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/

Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FloorCoverings.html

Carpeting Base RG: 10% post-industrial rubber, recyclable PI rubber decreases demand for nonrenewable resources while creating a market for recycled rubber. Austin TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FloorCoverings.html
Acoustical Insulation Fiberglass EEP: 29% PC, 4% PI Manufactured without formaldehyde resins.  
Exterior Latex Exterior latex maintenance paint FTB: 80%

EEP: 80% (in garage areas)

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/ Note: CA PUBLIC CONTRACT CODE SECTION 12170-12171 requires recycled latex paint to contain a minimum of 50% postconsumer paint. If agencies can not find 50% PC paint, they are to buy 10% PC paint.? Kelly-Moore is under contract to provide their recycled paint, E-COAT paint, to northern California state facilities.? VOC emissions are same as other latex paint.?

This paint must meet current VOC limits. (See Section 09901 of RFP for the EEP).

RC & PC content paints create a market for recycled content material.

Manufacturer located in Northern CA, at least 7 statewide.

Austin, TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FinishesAdhesives.html

Interior Latex Paint Interior Latex Maintenance Paint CalEPA: zero VOCs, not recycled

EEP: zero VOC

To our knowledge, Zero-VOC paints with recycled content are not available. Investigating.

Specify paints containing 0 g/l VOCs as measured by EPA Reference

Test Method 24. Paints shall contain no formaldehyde, perchloroethylene and 1,1,1 trichloroethane.? Shall meet or exceed Federal Standard TTP-2846 of 150 scrubs. (See also Section 09901 of RFP for the EEP).

Zero VOC paints protect indoor air quality.

Manufacturer located in Northern CA (Kelly Moore: Enviro-Cote)

Glidden (Glidden 2000): investigating

Sherwin Williams: investigating

Frazee-Envirokote: mentioned for CalEPA building

Glidden Spread 2000: mentioned for CalEPA building

Benjamin Moore: mentioned for CalEPA building

Austin, TX guide: www.greenbuilder.com/sourcebook/FinishesAdhesives.html

Ceramic tile Glass bonded ceramic tile FTB: 55%

EEP: 58%

RG: 70% post industrial and PC glass, recyclable

CalRecycle sources:

www.calrecycle.ca.gov/RCPM/

60% minimum recycled glass content (Terra Green). Trying to verify if other companies make recycled ceramic tile and the recycled content levels.

PC & RC glass bonded ceramic tile decrease demand for virgin materials and require less energy to produce than a virgin product. Creates market for existing feedstock.

No CA manufacturers located. Only 2 manufacturers located nationwide--Daltile Corporation of Dallas, Texas and? TerraGreen Ceramics of Richmond, IN
Loading dock bumpers    FTB: 100% RC

EEP: 100% PC

PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic, and decreases demand for nonrenewable virgin resources.  
Countertops    RG: 10% post industrial recycled acrylic content, recyclable

GAP: 41% post industrial and PC, cement based composite.

PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled materials.  
CSI Division 10: Specialties
Toilet partitions Metal EEP: 20% PC, 5% PI 16% PC, 20 RC[13] (steel)

Recommend allowing other materials besides metal.

EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.
Toilet partitions/

Toilet compartment and screens

Single polymer and/or Comingled plastic FTB Butterfield Project: 20%

RG: 70% preconsumer and post consumer HDPE, no formaldehyde, recyclable.

PA: 50% recycled HDPE

20-100% PC[14]

PA specs:

PC & RC plastic make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic, and decreases demand for nonrenewable virgin resources.

No CA manufacturers. Yemm and Hart of Marquand MO, Laforce Hardware of Green Bay WI, Santana Products of Scranton PA, Comtec Industries of Moosic, PA. EPA's research shows that the items are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products.
Signs Plastic FTB  Butterfield Project: 100% RC

EEP: 100% RC
60% PI, 40% PC

PC & RC plastic make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic, and decreases demand for nonrenewable virgin resources. 2 manufacturers located in CA: San Pedro Sign Co, Wilmington, CA; Syndesis, Santa Monica, CA; Out of state includes: Plastic Lumber Co., Akron, OH; Yemm & Hart Green Materials, Marquand, MO.
Signs Biofiber CalEPA: 100% PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled materials. Phenix Biocomposite
Locker Room Benches Plastic EEP: 90% PC HDPE    
CSI Division 11: Equipment
Auditorium Acoustical Fabric Panels   CalEPA: 100% recycled beverage bottles PC & RC plastic make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic, and decreases demand for nonrenewable virgin resources. Knoll Frequency
Loading Dock Bumpers Tire-derived Rubber EEP: 100% PC    
CSI Division 12: Furnishings
Auditorium seating    CalEPA reconditioned chairs Reconditioned chairs extend life of existing products, conserving natural resources. American Seating
Furnishings Modular Office Furniture

Moveable wall partition

Workstation Components

EEP: 40% RC State of California developed a modular furniture specification that will be published on the website in 2001. Modular office furniture: 1 manufacturer located in Oakland, CA.

Moveable wall partitions: No CA manufacturers. Only 1 manufacturer located nationwide--Iriswall of Solon, OH.

 

Furnishings Modular Systems Furniture Panel Fabric CalEPA: 100% PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled materials. Haworth: Basketweave Collection
Locker benches Plastic in bench planks FTB: 50% RC

EEP: 90% PC

PC & RC material make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled materials.  
Building Recycling Containers Plastic CalEPA: 100% PC & RC plastic make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled plastic, while decreasing demand for nonrenewable virgin resources.  
Floor Mats and Frames Stainless steel entrance grates EEP Used to reduce pollutants from entering building.  
CSI Division 13: Special Construction
CSI Division 14: Conveying Systems
CSI Division 15: Mechanical
Access flooring system Underfloor air plenum system PA: in specifications

GAP: payback period is 3 years

EEP, Block 225: 30% PC raised floor panels
20% RC, 3% PC cement fill
20% PC raised floor pedistals

The inherent efficiency of underfloor air supply systems provides energy savings relative to standard overhead air delivery systems. Higher energy efficiency is attributed to the fact that chillers can be operated at higher temperatures and chilled air is restricted only to occupied space. These systems also do a better job of removing indoor air contaminants compared to overhead supply air systems that tend to mix the indoor air. Stale, contaminated air is gradually displaced in underfloor systems, which leads to a more thermally comfortable indoor environment for building occupants. Lastly, underfloor air systems promote ease in reconfiguring space during building renovation and remodeling. This can lead to more resource efficient buildings and reduced construction & demolition (C&D) waste generation.  
Greywater Recycling      Greywater recycling maximizes usefulness of water and decreases demands placed on local wastewater treatment plants. There are several grey water irrigation products listed in www.OIKOS.com that have recycled content (search under products by CSI code).
CSI Division 16: Electrical
Other
Corrugated packaging Corrugated Packaging   EEP At least 30% total recycled content, at least 10% postconsumer. This excludes specialty containers that can't support recycled content (e.g., wet strength container board)[15]

This goal should be very achievable. The average recycled content is about 40%.

25% [16] Postconsumer is the low end of EPA's range guidelines.

PC & RC corrugated cardboard make efficient use of existing feedstock and helps create a market for recycled fiber while decreasing demand for virgin resources.

Products are widely available; the Fibre Box Association indicates that 95% of boxes have 25% recycled content.

Footnotes

1 Dept. of General Services, State of California, "Sustainable Design Measures." This is a section in the Request for Proposal for the Capitol Area East End Project, July 15, 1999.

2 Swinerton & Walberg, "Environmental Green Construction." Handout provided at tour of Gap Building, November 1999.

3 Dept. of General Services, State of Pennsylvania, "Green Buildings, Model Green Office Leasing Specifications." Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Specification downloadable from Web site: www.gggc.state.pa.us, June 22, 1999.

4 Lynn M. Froeschle, CSI, AIA, "Environmental Assessment and Specification of Green Building Materials." November 12, 1999.

5 1997 Buy Recycled Series, Transportation Products, U.S. EPA, EPA530-F-97-036, November 1997, pg. 3.

6 Ibid

7 Ibid.

8 Urban compost/mulch is derived from green materials diverted from landfill disposal. It includes residential yard trimmings, commercial landscape trimmings and tree prunings.

9 1997 Buy Recycled Series, Landscaping Products, U.S. EPA, EPA530-F-97-034, November 1997, pg. 3.

10 Ibid.

11 King County Environmental Purchasing Program, May 11, 1999.

12 1997 Buy Recycled Series, Park and Recreation Products, U.S. EPA, EPA530-F-97-032, November 1997, pg. 3.

13 1997 Buy Recycled Series, Construction Products, US EPA, EPA530-F-97-035, November 1997, pg. 5. To make it easier to buy recycled, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) updates the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) each year. Through the CPG, U.S. EPA designates items that must contain recycled content when purchased by federal, state, and local agencies or by government contractors using appropriated federal funds. U.S. EPA's research shows that the items designated in the CPG are of high quality, widely available, and cost-competitive with virgin products. EPA also issues a nonregulatory companion piece--the Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) that recommends levels of recycled content for these items.

14 Ibid.

15 Mary Opfer, Fibre Box Association, personal communication, May 12, 1999, (847) 364-9638.

16 1998 Buy Recycled Series, Paper Products, U.S. EPA, EPA530-F-98-012, November 1997, pg. 5.

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