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Granites’ Contribution toward LEED Certification

The U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification program provides many incentives to firms that design their projects to achieve environmental performance. Incentives include the establishment as a recognized leader in the green building sector, the validation of achievement through third party review, qualification for a growing array of state and local government incentives, contribution of a green building knowledge base and earning LEED certification and a certification plaque. Details pertaining to the LEED incentive and certification process can be found at www.usgbc.org. Structural Stone’s products can aid architectural/design firms in obtaining points toward LEED Certification for their projects.

Under the LEED-NC Version 3 Rating System*, Structural Stone contributes points towards the Materials and Resources Category - Regional Materials detailed as follows:

 

 

MR Credit 1.1: Building Reuse-Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof: 1 to 3 Points
The intent is to extend the lifecycle of existing building stock, conserve resources, retain cultural resources, reduce waste and reduce environmental impacts of new building as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

If existing stone materials, exterior skin for example, are kept in a building reuse project, one to three points can be earned in this category.

MR Credit 1.2: Building Reuse- Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements: 1 Point
The intent is to extend the lifecycle of existing building stock, conserve resources, retain cultural resources, reduce waste and reduce environmental impacts of new building as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

If existing stone materials, interior walls, floors or countertops for example, are kept in a building reuse project, one point can be earned in this category.

MR Credit 5: Regional Materials: 1 to 2 Points
The intent is to increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Projects within a 500 mile radius of our fabrication plant in North Kingstown, RI would be granted one or two points. This area ranges from Virginia to Pennsylvania through Canada and the depths of Maine. Therefore, major cities such as New York, Boston and Washington, DC are areas that Structural Stone can supply LEED qualifying stone. Foreign stone materials, except bordering North American countries, do not qualify anywhere in the United States.

Qualities of Granite:

The quarrying and fabrication process produces very little pollution/waste and is energy efficient compared to the massive quantities of electricity and oil used in making competitive construction materials such as cement, ceramic, metal, plastic and glass. Therefore, pollution waste is reduced by the minimal use of pollutants and the fair amount of water usage. Virgin resource consumption is reduced by using stone rather than comparable pollution producing materials.

Granite requires little maintenance and will last for the foreseeable future (lets reflect on the Egyptian Pyramids – dating 2,700 years BC; made of limestone, a material that is much softer than granite); renovation and replacement is not required in the long term. This is an important point to elaborate; stone is more costly than other types of finishes and so, may not be considered. However, replacing floors/paving and painting walls every five and ten years down the road is very costly. This maintenance/renovation cost will not be incurred should stone be used and so, stone will save money in the long run.

There is no waste in the quarrying and fabrication of stone. Blocks are cut into slabs, tiles and cut to size products. Project overruns can be cut into pavers and cobblestones with the run off of that turned into crushed stone; please refer to our Eco-Friendly product line. When quarries have become obsolete they can be refilled and converted into forested/life giving or agricultural lands.

Water filtration is employed during the initial slabbing procedure to recycle the
consumed water. As such, water is reused and reduces the demand of water.

The beauty of granite coupled with its physical strength and chemical resistance allow for buildings to retain their value and resale marketability.

*To demonstrate, LEED-NC Version 3 Rating System was used. However, SS can contribute in other LEED Versions.

 

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