A recent project we worked on, Symphony Court was a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Building. The purpose of LEED’s projects is to provide more energy efficient and sustainable buildings.
LEEDS certification has many components. The items that are reviewed when determining sustainability of a building:
• Where the components of the building are are manufactured?
• Where the raw material for that manufacturing was extracted or harvested from?
• Is the material made from recycled content; if so is it pre or post consumer?
• Is the material made from low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) contents?
• Does the onsite material produce High VOC that could contaminate the indoor/outdoor air?
• Quality of the completed facility?
In order to meet this LEED certification Middlesex Glass was required to use manufacturers that extracted and manufactured their material locally (ideally within 500 miles). Each manufacture was required to provide documentation of the origin of their material as well as providing proof of the percentage of the recycled content of the material. We were able to meet these criteria with our glass and aluminum products.
Once our material was onsite we were sure to use low VOC components during install such as Low VOC sealants, adhesives and tapes.
The certification of the content and manufacture of each product was submitted to the general contractor during the submittal process. The general contractor/architect then submits each component of the building assembly and it is multiplied by the cost of the assembly to determine the recycled content value.