LEED certification has become the worldwide standard in rating the design, construction, and operation of green buildings and projects. Realizing the ability to make a change, USGBC designed the ACP credit to fill a gap in the LEED accreditation. LEED credits are given based on the percentage of wood legally source, instead of all the wood.
Illegal logging is a worldwide problem that damages our environment, communities, and economy. Illegal wood may come from fragile ecosystems or may be removed from lands without paying the landowner or taxes. Trade in illegally harvested wood is extremely profitable and therefore very hard to prevent.
The new pilot ACP credit program rewards team who take a proactive approach to verifying that wood used in their project is legal. As a pilot program, the ACP credit will help focus attention on the need to improve the verification processes used in identifying legally harvested wood and reward project teams who verify the wood they use is legal. Rick Fedrizzi, the founder and CEO of USGBC, also states:
“With the pilot ACP, we are increasing the scope of LEED related to wood with an eye toward possibly applying what we learn to other industries. Beyond this credit, LEED v4 takes steps to reward progress related to all raw materials sourcing issues and encourage all sectors to continue to improve.”
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