Environmental stewardship came to the forefront of the country over 45 years ago when the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, OH began to burn. Since then there have been many initiatives to improve the environment, from the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts to more recently the Kyoto Protocols. Improving the built environment has been a work in progress for decades as well. It wasn’t until 2000 that a non-profit organization, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program that the building owner, design professional and the construction industry as a whole was provided with a frame work for sustainable design and construction. LEED focuses primarily on the life of the building upon completion of construction, concentrating on energy use, pollution control and water use for the operation and maintenance of the building. Materials used in the construction of the building that are a permanent part of the structure can contribute to LEED certification. LEED works off a point system to define the level of LEED Certification. Products used as a permanent part of the structure can contribute to LEED points but in and of themselves do not carry any point value. For further information about LEED visit www.usgbc.org.
By its very nature LEED is always green; however, green is not always LEED. Products such as form release, bondbreaker, curing compound are considered to be part of the means and methods of construction which is not covered by LEED. GREEN products are taking on a more important role in construction. With new Federal regulations restricting the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in construction chemicals to the contractor looking to improve the safety and work place environment for their employees, GREEN products are taking a more prominent place on the construction site.
A.H. Harris teams are skilled to assist you, the construction professional, in selecting products for your LEED project or to do your part in improving the environmental quality and safety of job sites. We depend on the manufacturers of the products we supply to inform us of what products can contribute to LEED or are green. If you have questions about a specific product, please contact your local A.H. Harris representative so that we can assist in providing you with the information needed to support you. We supply “Green” building materials that will help your project earn LEED qualifying points, such as:
- Woven & Nonwoven Geotextiles
- Silt Fence
- Erosion Control Blankets & Mats
- Concrete Stamping
- SONOCO – Sonotubes
- Insulated Concrete Forms
- Forming Coatings & Releases
- Rebar and Wire Mesh
- Waterproofing membranes
- Subsurface Drainage Matting
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