Materials and Resources - Credit 5
Regional Materials (1-2 points)
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The intent of this credit is to increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. The requirement of this credit is to use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) of the total materials value for 1 point and 20% for 2 points. If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value. Ready mixed concrete will almost always qualify since ready mixed concrete plants are generally within 500 miles of a job site and most of the ingredient materials are harvested within 500 miles. The percentage of materials is calculated on a cost basis.