LEED For New Construction and Renovation
Today's consumer rightfully feels entitled to products that don't compromise the future in order to sustain the present. Fortunately, because of a flood of innovation in green building practices, ascetics, quality and variety don't have to be sacrificed in order to meet this expectation. Classy Closets has gone to great lengths to find a selection of unique, beautiful and durable materials that is manufactured with both the environment and your health in mind. Outlined in this document are the materials that are the building blocks for your new ecofriendly closet, kitchen, home office or storage area.
Selecting wood products for LEED Projects can be complex due to the unusual amount of overlapping credits impacted. The following attributes in the LEED Materials and Resources category are applied by cost as a percentage of the product's weight:
Reclaimed wood such as old barns and fences can contribute to this credit.
Composite woods such as MDF and Particle Board present an opportunity to use pre-consumer recycled content.
Although not wood, composite rapidly renewable agrifiber and bamboo are often are used in place of wood.
Certified Wood: Wood harvested in sustainably managed forests contributes as a percentage of new wood purchased on the project. Also impacted is the Indoor Environmental Quality category which requires coatings, adhesives, sealants & composite products to comply with low emitting standards. These are no tolerance points - for composites such as agrifiber & particle board this means that products must not contain added urea-formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. To optimize your contribution or compliance, bring in your LEED Project checklist and let our LEED Accredited Professionals guide you through the decision making process.
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