Quality Office Liquidations knows the specific differences between buying pre-owned used office furniture and getting materials reuse credits for it. For furniture to qualify as part of an LEED rating, businesses need to be sure it meets the proper criteria and is making a notable impact on their office and surroundings.

Organizations pursuing LEED certification for the first time could understandably be confused about the difference between “reusing” materials and recycling them. To the uninformed, the two could sound interchangeable, but reuse has specific guidelines attached to it that distinguish it from recycling, and by following them, businesses are more likely to know they are using sustainable office pieces.

As the LEED page on our website notes, the percentage of reused materials in a piece and where they originate from impacts the number of credits they count for. Under the Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) guidelines, for example, sustainable furniture has to make up at least 40 percent of the total amount purchased, and be based on material sourced in specific ways that benefit the organization.

Some of these conditions include material that is harvested locally (within 500 miles of the project site) and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). That distinction contains a different set of criteria, as FSC approval is designed to separate out wood that was illegally harvested or made from genetically modified trees, as the official FSC website states. If it can pass the assessments, wood that meets the FSC label will be deemed “controlled wood.”

When companies have to meet certain guidelines for furniture, they need to work with a furniture supplier that will provide new and used office furniture that meets their specifications and is proven to be sufficiently reused.