Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), an independent organization generally accepted as the leading source of green building standards, sponsors the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) program. LEED™ recommends standard environmental guidelines for sustainable building projects. Our Group is a member of the USGBC.
LEED™, like all components of the world’s environmental efforts, is continually evolving. While LEED™ does not certify materials, Fiandre materials can help buildings qualify for LEED™ credits in the following areas:
Materials & Resources
(Regional materials 10% and 20%) Materials from our Tennessee production facility qualify for this credit if used in projects within 500 miles of Crossville, Tennessee. Fiandre manufacturing facility is located within 500 miles of major markets for LEED™ projects. In addition, the factory has been built nearby its major extraction sources for raw materials, which are also within a 500 mile area to major LEED™ building markets.
Credit intent: Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
(Construction wastes management 50% and 75%) Construction wastes may be diverted from disposal in landfills to be recycled/reused in alternative construction materials.
Credit intent: Divert at least 50% of construction, demolition and land-clearing debris from disposal in landfills and incinerators. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to the appropriate sites
(Recycled Content 10% and 20%) Bureau Veritas, a third-party organization, has officially certified over 40 of Fiandre’s products as containing pre-consumer recycled content. A thorough analysis, including on-site audits, testing, and inspections, was conducted by Bureau Veritas to verify the products met specific environmental requirements.
Credit intent: To increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.
Indoor Environmental Quality
(Low-Emitting materials – Flooring Systems) Fiandre products are GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certified. Printable certificates are available at www.greenguard.org. This certification has been recognized as an alternative pathway for compliance with this credit.
Credit intent: Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating, and/or harmful to the comfort and wellbeing of installers and occupants.
Credits 7.1 & 7.2
(Reduction of Heat Island Effect, roof/non-roof) Fiandre light colored porcelain tiles may have a beneficial SRI (Solar Reflective Index) that can contribute to reducing heat island effects.
Credit intent: Reduce heat islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats.