U.S. Green Building Council

LEED

Lea Ceramiche, through Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche S.p.A. holding, is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization that promotes buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work in. The U.S. GBC has created a standard called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): it is a system of parameters for sustainable construction, that indicates the environmental and energy efficiency of the building. Lea Ceramiche products contribute to increasing the LEED points in several categories.

 

SS Credit 7.1 – Heat Island Effect / Non roof (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 1 LEED point is granted for the use of hardscape materials with SRI ≥ 29.
The great majority of Lea Ceramiche products do not contribute to change the energy balance of the environments where they are installed. They do not produce any Urban Heat Island Effect, thanks to their very good physical properties, i.e. Solar Reflectance Index SRI ≥ 29.
EA Credit 1 – Optimize Energy Performance (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems)
The Thermal conductivity of Lea Ceramiche porcelain tiles is 0.75 Btu/ft h °F (1.3 Watt/m°K or 1.1 Kcal/m h °C). For this reason it is ideal for heating floors systems and external cladding. The Thermal conductivity of Lea Ceramiche wall tiles is 0.4 Btu/ft h °F (0.7 Watt/m°K or 0.6 Kcal/m h °C).
MR Credit 2 – Construction Waste Management (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 2 LEED points are granted if at least 75% of the weight of Raw materials – tiles and packing – will be recycled.
Lea Ceramiche tiles and their packing material (carton boxes, plastic packaging materials, wooden pallets, straps, etc..) are 100% recyclable. The management of the waste on the building site is also easier because the quantity of waste is very small (weight of packaging is around 2-3% of weight of total material).
MR Credit 4 – Recycled Content (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 2 LEED points are granted if the % post-consumer waste + ½ of the % pre-consumer waste ≥ 20% of the total raw materials, based on cost.
The great majority of Lea Ceramiche products are produced with 40% of pre-consumer recycled materials, as certified by a qualified external company. The certificate is available on the website www.ceramichelea.it.
MR Credit 5 – Regional Materials (NC, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 2 LEED points are granted if the use of local raw materials is equal to 20% of the total materials value, based on cost.
• These Credits are applicable for buildings constructed within 500 miles (804,5 km) from Lea Ceramiche production sites (Finale Emilia MO, Italy; Toano RE, Italy; Aveiro, Portugal; Lawrenceburg Kentucky, USA).
• The % contribution based on the cost of Lea Ceramiche tiles to a single LEED project is calculated based on the geographical position of the construction site.
MR Credit 5 – Regional Materials (CI Rating Systems Only): 2 LEED points are granted if the use of local raw materials is equal to 20% of the total materials value, based on cost.
• 1 LEED Point: use a minimum of 20% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles from Lea Ceramiche production sites (Finale Emilia MO, Italy; Toano RE, Italy; Aveiro, Portugal; Lawrenceburg Kentucky, USA).
• 2 LEED Points: meet the previous criterion requirement and use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project.
IEQ Credit 4.1 – Low Emitting Materials, Adhesives and Sealants (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems: 1 LEED point is granted if all adhesives and sealants used on the interior of the building comply with SCAQMD Rule #1168 (VOC limit of ceramic adhesives not more than 65 g/l less water).
IEQ Credit 4.3 – Low Emitting Materials, Flooring Systems (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 1 LEED point is granted if all flooring complies with the requirements indicated in IEQ Credit 4.3 Section.
Lea Ceramiche tiles obtain 1 LEED point because they do not contain any Volatile Organic Compounds VOC (see LEED 2009 NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS Rating Systems).
IEQ Credit 4.6 – Low Emitting Materials, Ceiling and Wall Systems (SCHOOLS LEED Rating System only): 1 LEED point.
Lea Ceramiche tiles obtain 1 LEED point because they do not contain any Volatile Organic Compounds VOC (see Addenda of LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition).
ID Credit 1 – Innovation in Design: 1-5 LEED points for NC, CI and CS, 1-4 LEED points for SCHOOLS
• “Innovation in Design”: the main collections of Lea Ceramiche have got the prestigious ecological mark ECOLABEL (CE 66/2010), based on the product LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and awarded by the EU only to those products with the lowest environmental impact.
• “Innovation in Design”: within the range of Lea Ceramiche products, some series are available with antibacterial surfaces, that reduce bacterial presence by up to 99.9 % (ISO 22196 test method)
• “Exemplary performances” MR Credit 2 – CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT: 1 LEED point may be earned if at least 95% by weight of the Raw Materials – material and packing – will be recycled. Lea Ceramiche tiles and their packing material (carton boxes, plastic packaging materials, wooden pallets, straps, etc..) are 100% recyclable.
• “Exemplary performances” IEQ Credit 4.6 – LOW EMITTING MATERIALS, CEILING and WALL SYSTEMS: 1 LEED point may be earned for NC, CI, CS LEED Buildings: no traces of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) are present in LEA Ceramiche tiles (see Addenda of LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Costruction, 2009 Edition).
RP Credit 1- Regional Priority (NC, CI, CS, SCHOOLS LEED Rating Systems): 1-4 LEED points.
Between 1 and 4 credits can be obtained, of the 6 Regional Priority credits identified by the USGBC regional councils and chapters, if the project has an environmental importance for the region, where it is being constructed. A database of Regional Priority credits and their geographic applicability is available on the USGBC website www.usgbc.org.
LEED Rating System of Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM)
The cleaning and maintenance procedures on Lea Ceramiche’s general catalogue can help obtain the following LEED credits.
• SS Credit 7.1 – HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION (Non roof): 1 LEED point is granted if a maintenance program is organized, that ensures the surfaces are cleaned at least every 2 years to maintain a good reflectance.
• IEQ 3.1 – GREEN CLEANING, HIGH PERFORMANCE CLEANING PROGRAM: 1 LEED point.
• IEQ 3.3 – GREEN CLEANING, PURCHASE OF SUSTAINABLE CLEANING PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS: 1 LEED point.
MR 3 – Sustainable Purchasing, Facility Alterations and Additions: 1 LEED point is granted if the purchases contain at least 10 % post-consumer waste and/or 20 % pre-consumer waste material. The great majority of Lea Ceramiche products are produced with 40% of pre-consumer recycled materials, as certified by a qualified external company. The certificate is available on the website www.ceramichelea.it.
NC = LEED 2009 for New Construction, CI = LEED 2009 for Commercial Interior, CS = LEED 2009 for Core and Shell Development, SCHOOLS = LEED 2009 for Schools, EBOM = LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance.