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Chris Sanders
Senior Member
Username: chris_sanders

Post Number: 10
Registered: 05-2016
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 - 08:35 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Good morning. I have a CA client who is pursuing CHPS MW 4.1 Rapidly Renewable Materials. They've opted for the prescriptive approach, and will require 50% of the area of casework to contain a minimum of 25% rapidly renewable materials.

I'm having a tough time finding panels which contribute to this credit, must be using the wrong Google search words! Does anyone have experience in this area which they'd be willing to share?

On a related note, what's your opinion on the most cost-effective way to achieve this credit? Since I don't know the actual cost or weight of these materials, is it best to specify the required outcome and let the GC determine the best way to achieve it?

Steven Bruneel, AIA, CSI-CDT, LEED-AP, EDAC
Senior Member
Username: redseca2

Post Number: 614
Registered: 12-2006

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:36 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Talk to Smith & Fong about their Plyboo, bamboo based, products.
Deborah Corr (Unregistered Guest)
Unregistered guest
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 - 01:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I've seen wheat board used in casework - not sure if it is still available. Check out Kirei Board made from sorghum straw or Kirei Bamboo. https://kireiusa.com/
Lisa Goodwin Robbins, RA, CCS, LEED ap
Senior Member
Username: lgoodrob

Post Number: 328
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:44 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

OUAT there was a large casework manufacturer in the midwest who pledged to use only agrifiber board in their products. Then the agrifiber board manufacturer was sold to Masonite International and, POOF, there went the supply chain.
I believe there is a market for agrifiber-based casework, but the panel core is not available.
Don Harris CSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA
Senior Member
Username: don_harris

Post Number: 299
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 02:36 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I've had success on two projects with the Plyboo product.
Nathan Woods, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: nwoods

Post Number: 725
Registered: 08-2005

Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 02:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I used Plyboo on a large healthcare project. No issues. Came out nice.
Chris Sanders
Senior Member
Username: chris_sanders

Post Number: 11
Registered: 05-2016
Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 04:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Thanks everyone for your help! Much appreciated.
Anne Whitacre, FCSI CCS
Senior Member
Username: awhitacre

Post Number: 1428
Registered: 07-2002

Posted on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 06:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I would be cautious about the fastener holding capability unless you have long experience with these panels. I had a project (granted a while ago) where after about 6 months, the casework doors started hanging sort of tipsily, and eventually most of the casework started to pull itself off the wall. We used agrifiber panels that lost their screw holding capacity, and I don't use them anymore.

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