Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) provides building owners with a framework for identifying and implementing green building design, construction and solutions, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Since its inception in 1998, LEED has progressed and now more accurately represents and incorporates emerging green building technologies. LEED is transforming the way builders design, construct and operate. It’s flexible and works throughout a building’s life cycle.
We’ve discussed in our blog before that the Stone Panels, Inc. process has been created in an environmentally-friendly fashion so building owners can achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design) MR (Major Renovations) Credit 4.1 for recycled content. To achieve LEED certification, you must provide verification that a building, home or community was designed and built to be sustainable and energy efficient.
Just last week GreenSource reported that the largest LEED Platinum renovation is the JPMorgan Chase headquarters, 270 Park Avenue. The renovation should cut the building’s energy use in half and save more than a million gallons of water every year.
Stone Panels Inc.’s sustainable product benefits the environment and has a longer lasting quality than other dimensional stones. During the manufacturing process, we do our best to stay “green” so we ration the amount of stone we use for the [StonePanels] wall cladding system since it is a precious and limited resource. Also, the water we use during manufacturing is constantly recycled and stone dust is filtered through systems so that it can be reused as dirt stabilization and road base material.
In addition, StoneLite® panels are fully demountable. Therefore, our stone composite panels can be installed on more than one building across their lifetime.