We have worked on numerous projects which have reached varying levels of LEED certification. Depending on the project, its goals, and our scope of work, we have to opportunity to contribute to the following LEED credits:
Material & Resources
MR 4.1: Recycled content - 10% and MR 4.2: Recycled content - 20%
This credit is intended to encourage the use of recycled materials on the project. Many of our standard building products already included some post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content, but with careful design choices, the percentage of recycled content can be increased.
The following material types contain products with some recycled content. There are some products designed specifically to contribute to this credit.
MR 5.1: Regional Materials - 10% and MR 5.2: Regional Materials - 20%
This credit is intended to encourage the use of materials that are extracted and manufactured with the region. This supports indigenous resources and reduces the environmental impact from transportation.
The following material types contain products that were extracted or manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the project site.
MR 7: Certified wood
This credit is intended to encourage responsible forest management. This credit is earned if a minimum 50% of the wood-based material and products on the site are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As much of our millwork and casework are or contain a high percentage of wood-based material, we can make up a large portion of this credit for the project.
We are not FSC certified, so the chain of custody on the product stops when it reaches our facility. It is our understanding that since we are last modifier of the material, we can pass submit our supplier's certification to credit if we also install our finished product. If we are only supplying the finished product, but are not installing it, we cannot contribute to this credit.
The following material types contain products that are FSC certified:
Indoor Environmental Quality
IEQ 4.1: Low-emitting materials - adhesives and sealants
This credit is intended to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants. This credit is earned by using products directly on the project site that comply with the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) limits outlined by the USGBC.
Adhesives and sealants applied to products before they reach the project site do not contribute to this credit. Items that would not contribute to this credit are shop-applied lacquers and stains, shop-applied adhesives, and shop-applied caulking. A majority of our sealants and adhesives are shop-applied, so our contribution to this credit is normally minimal. Caulking and construction adhesive are normally or only contributing materials, but on some occasions field-applied stain, lacquers, and contact adhesives are used which would also contribute to this credit.
IEQ 4.4: Low-emitting materials - composite wood and agrifiber products
This credit is intended to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants. This credit is earned by only using composite wood and agrifiber products on the interior of the building which contain no added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF) resins.
There are following material types contain products that are NAUF. There are some products specifically manufactured to contribute to this credit.