19-0131 v3.x I10-E27 Complex Specialty Equipment
I10-E27 Complex Specialty Equipment
Complex Specialty Equipment is defined as equipment that is specific to the program and function of a space, but is not integral to standard building function or integral to the project's energy and water performance. Specialty equipment is typically only supplied by a limited number of manufacturers that are able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the application. Residential grade equipment and appliances within the scope of the Living Building Challenge are not considered complex specialty equipment and must be vetted against the Red List and documented using an existing exception.
For complex specialty equipment, project teams must request a full ingredients list. If a full list is not available, the team must collect a list of known ingredients within the product (i.e. PVC cable, steel structure), the primary housing material, and an isometric diagram with component names or a replacement parts list. Project teams should prioritize a more in-depth conversation with one manufacturer to educate specialty equipment suppliers on the value of transparency and the Living Building Challenge. Project teams must also advocate to the selected equipment manufacturer* for full ingredient transparency and for the removal of known Red List ingredients in the future.
For laboratory and scientific equipment, project teams should advocate for the manufacturer to pursue an ACT label through the My Green Lab program. Laboratory and scientific equipment with an existing ACT label and a Responsible Chemical Management score of 1 are considered compliant with the Red List Imperative and do not require additional vetting or advocacy.
I10-c Advocacy Letter