LEED Information

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

 

USGBC Sign made from Novacryl photopolymer

LEED - Buildings fundamentally impact people’s lives and the health of the planet. In the United States, buildings use one-third of our total energy, two-thirds of our electricity, one-eighth of our water, and transform land that provides valuable ecological resources.

LEED was developed by United States Building Council (USGBC) as a way to rate a buildings overall impact on the environment. Products and materials cannot be LEED certified but can contribute towards points in the LEED rating system which weighs the total value of material in a project in several specific categories.

Environmental Attributes of NovAcryl Photopolymer

NovAcryl Benefits

  • Minimum 40% post industrial recycled content with ECR & PT Series
  • ECR series contains GREENGUARD® ecoresin
  • Photopolymer effluent is 100% biodegradable
  • Processes in plain tap water and has no VOC emissions

LEED Contributors of NovAcryl

  • Materials and Resources (MR Credit 4 - recycled content)
  • Indoor Air Quality (E.Q. Credit 4.1)
  • Innovation & Design Process (I.D. Credit 1)

LEED Materials and Resources MR 4

MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content: 10% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)
1 Point

Intent
Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Requirements
Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project. The recycled content value of a material assembly shall be determined by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators shall not be included in this calculation. Only include materials permanently installed in the project. Furniture may be included, providing it is included consistently in MR Credits 3–7.

Recycled content shall be defined in accordance with the International Organization of Standards document, ISO 14021—Environmental labels and declarations—Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labeling).

Post-consumer material is defined as waste material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product, which can no longer be used for its intended purpose.

Pre-consumer material is defined as material diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing process. Excluded is reutilization of materials such as rework, regrind or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Establish a project goal for recycled content materials and identify material suppliers that can achieve this goal. During construction, ensure that the specified recycled content materials are installed. Consider a range of environmental, economic and performance attributes when selecting products and materials.

MR Credit 4.2: Recycled Content: 20% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)
1 Point in addition to MR Credit 4.1

Intent
Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing the impacts
resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Requirements
Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes an additional 10% beyond MR Credit 4.1 (total of 20%, based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project.

The recycled content value of a material assembly shall be determined by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing components and specialty items such as elevators shall not be included in this calculation. Only include materials permanently installed in the project. Furniture may be included, providing it is included consistently in MR Credits 3–7.

Recycled content shall be defined in accordance with the International Organization of Standards document, ISO 14021—Environmental labels and declarations—Self-declared environmental claims (Type II environmental labeling).
Post-consumer material is defined as waste material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product, which can no longer be used for its intended purpose.
Pre-consumer material is defined as material diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing process. Excluded is reutilization of materials such as rework, regrind or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Establish a project goal for recycled content materials and identify material suppliers that can achieve this goal. During construction, ensure that the specified recycled content materials are installed. Consider a range of environmental, economic and performance attributes when selecting products and materials.

LEED Indoor Environmental Quality EQ 4.1

EQ Credit 4.1: Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealants
1 Point

Intent
Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Requirements
All adhesives and sealants used on the interior of the building (defined as inside of the weatherproofing system and applied on-site) shall comply with the requirements of the following reference standards:

Adhesives, Sealants and Sealant Primers: South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule #1168. VOC limits are listed in the table below and correspond to an effective date of July 1, 2005 and rule amendment date of January 7, 2005.

LEED Innovation and Design Process ID 1

ID Credit 1–1.4: Innovation in Design
1–4 Points

Intent
To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED for New Construction Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED for New Construction Green Building Rating System.

Requirements

  • Credit 1.1 (1 point) In writing, identify the intent of the proposed innovation credit, the proposed requirement for compliance, the proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance, and the design approach (strategies) that might be used to meet the requirements.
  • Credit 1.2 (1 point) Same as Credit 1.1
  • Credit 1.3 (1 point) Same as Credit 1.1
  • Credit 1.4 (1 point) Same as Credit 1.1

 

Potential Technologies & Strategies
Substantially exceed a LEED for New Construction performance credit such as energy performance or water efficiency. Apply strategies or measures that demonstrate a comprehensive approach and quantifiable environment and/or health benefits.

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