Many of you are aware of the LEED program, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. This standard, developed over the past decade or so, is implemented and maintained by the US Green Building Council. The USGBC has developed to become an authority on green energy buildings, efficient infrastructure, and–most importantly–the steady and comprehensive integration of green infrastructure into our built environment.
LEED Points System
LEED certified buildings work on a point by point basis, with in-depth categories covering every minutes aspect from planning, to construction, to operation. Developers and contractors must look at material sourcing, foundation planning, water run-off, daily sunlight, parking efficiency, alternative energy opportunities, and hundreds of other points in order to qualify for any of the four levels of certification:
LEED & Recycling
A great deal of LEED points can be generated from recycling practices alone. The updated LEED guidelines specify requirements and suggestions for recycling:
- Construction Materials
- Solid Waste
- Universal Waste
- Consumer Recyclables
- Demolition Waste
Finding recycling outlets for these as well as implementing closed-loop systems in your company’s operations can gain you 10-15 LEED Points depending on % of energy reduced, % of recycled materials etc.
What’s more is that points also exist on the recieving end of recyclables. That means that using recycled materials, renewable materials, or regionally sourced materials can gain you LEED points. From the wood to the glass to some of the smallest details, the recycling industry has an answer that accounts for a large percentage of LEED points.
Recycling For the Win
Once again our blog details how recycling though simple and often easy, can do amazing things for sustainability.
Using recycled materials for your LEED program and consequently recycling those materials, is an incredible way to boost LEED points and promote sustainability.