LEED certification is a process that rewards sustainable and environmentally friendly decisions that are part of your construction process. It is a way to demonstrate that certain environmental goals have been achieved during the design and construction of the structure or facility that is being certified. To be certified, the building project needs to obtain certain points and meet green building standards. A LEED certified building can qualify to obtain specific state and local government incentives.
How Many LEED Rating Systems Are Available
The latest LEED rating system consists of 5 different areas addressing multiple projects:
Building Design and Construction
Interior Design and Construction
Building Operations and Maintenance
These 5 areas are then broken into smaller components where points are given and depending on a number of points received they can obtain one of the following categories:
CERTIFIED 40-49 Points
SILVER 50-59 Points
GOLD 60-79 Points
PLATINUM 80+ Points
This rating system can be implemented in both, new construction and existing buildings. Glass Fiber Reinforced Products help earn credits as they are sustainable and earth friendly products.
Benefits from LEED Certification?
Having your building certified under LEED will reduce your building's operation and maintenance costs while creating a better indoor environment for all building users. Additional benefits of LEED Certification include:
Increased Building Valuation
Reduced energy and water usage
Better indoor air quality
Reduced maintenance and operation costs
Reduced construction waste during the process
Reduced 'sick building' syndrome
LEED credits vary by manufacturer, product, and type of contribution. For example, below are the LEED credits that Glass Fiber Reinforced Products can contribute to:
MATERIALS & RESOURCES
MR Credit 2.1 and 2.2: Construction Waste Management
Most UP GFR products are custom molded to size which results in minimal job site cutting and waste. Efficient packaging design minimizes waste and makes best use of post consumer materials that can be reused at the job site or recycled by local businesses. These results in a reduction in construction waste diverted to landfills.
MR Credit 4.1 and 4.2: Recycled Materials
Recycled content in UP GFR products is calculated in accordance to the International Standards Organization standard ISO 14021 - Environmental Labels and Declarations referenced in most recent versions of LEED rating systems.
Because UP GFR products are custom made for a broad range of applications, and supplied in a variety of materials and finishes, recycled content will vary from 10% to 20%. An accurate disclosure of recycled content for use in a given LEED® project can be made upon submission of a detailed description of application, finish or project drawings.
MR Credit 5.1 and 5.2: Regional Materials