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RE: [GreenYes] Conversion figures
Good afternoon.
In an effort to encourage the use of Construction Waste Management
practices within the firm I am attempting to articulate the cubic yards
of waste that may have been landfilled on HDR projects during the year
2001 and make the case for minimizing that in future years.  I have a
reasonable idea of the square footage we've designed, just needed a
multiplier to get to the cubic yard figure.  Without going through an
involved process of breaking down C&D waste by type (which may vary from
project to project and region to region), I believe a 350 LB/Cy figure
may be reasonably accurate.  I'll be happy to copy anyone interested on
the final document if you drop me a note.
In respect to LEED, a point is available for a 50% diversion rate and an
additional point for a 75% diversion rate.  The intent of the credit is
to minimize C&D waste to landfills and enhance local recycling
initiatives.   Given the current culture in may locations that can be a
tough credit to obtain.  It might be an equally valid and intriguing
strategy, however, to submit for an Innovation Credit for generating
Zero Waste at a construction site.  
Thanks for all the responses.
Bruce Maine
Research Director - Sustainable Design Services
LEED Accredited Professional

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