California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Sustainable (Green) Building: High Performance Schools

Criteria: Recycled Content Credit

There are two methods for earning points for using recycled-content materials within the CHPS Best Practices Manual, Volume III, Criteria. There is a prescriptive or a performance approach. The prescriptive approach awards points for specifying materials from the U.S. EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG). The performance approach awards points by achieving a recycled content rate, which is calculated based on the cost of recycled content materials in comparison to the cost of all building products. Based on feedback from demonstration projects, it appears that the prescriptive approach is the easiest to pursue at this time.

Performance Approach

There are two options in the performance approach:

Option 1: Calculation utilizing total project material cost and post-consumer recycled content value to come up with the recycled content rate. This approach provides an incentive for products with over 20 percent post-consumer recycled content.

Option 2: Calculate recycled content rate from products that meet State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC) (50:10) requirements of 10 percent post-consumer recycled content with at least 50 percent total recycled content.

Prescriptive Approach

A school can earn up to two points towards CHPS certification by specifying recycled content products. In order to earn two points, a school must specify six products that meet the recycled content percentages outlined in the U.S. EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) Construction products list and two other products from any of the other EPA's CPG lists. Several tools are available to assist in locating products that meet the EPA's CPG.

Last updated: December 5, 2014
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Greg Dick: Gregory.Dick@calrecycle.ca.gov  (916) 341-6489