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The United Sates Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED  ) rating system is a set of performance standards for certifying the design and construction of commercial or institutional buildings and high-rise environmentally sound practices in building design and construction.  The LEED 2009 Green Building Rating System for New Construction and Major Renovations is a set of performance standards for certifying the design and construction of commercial or institutional buildings and high-rise residential buildings of all sizes, both public and private. The intent is to promote healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in building design and construction. Heat Island Effect:  Cities and urban areas are 3 to 8 F warmer than surrounding areas due to the heat island effect. This temperature difference is attributed to more buildings and pavements that have taken the place of trees and vegetation. Vegetation physically shades the ground, reducing surface temperatures. Cool roof surfaces also reduce the heat island effect.  Cool Roof:  A cool roof is one that reflects the sun's heat and emits absorbed radiation back into the atmosphere. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat transferred to the building below, keeping the building a cooler and more constant temperature. The two basic characteristics that determine the 'coolness' of a roof are solar reflectance (SR) and thermal emittance (TE). Both properties are rated on a scale from 0 to 1, where 1 is the most reflective or emissive.   Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) :  A composite index called the solar reflectance index (SRI) is used by the U.S. Green Building Council and others to estimate how hot a surface will get when exposed to full sun. The temperature of a surface depends on the surface's reflectance and emittance, as well as solar radiation. The Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) is used to determine the effect of the reflectance and emittance on the surface temperature, and varies from 100 for a standard white surface to zero for a standard black surface . Materials with the highest SRI are the coolest and the most appropriate choice for mitigating the heat island effect. Pre-Consumer Content:  Recycled content diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing process.  Post-Consumer Content:  Recycled content generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product, which can no longer be used for its intended purpose.
Our manufacturing plant is strategically located in the heart of the country, just south of Indianapolis in Hope, IN. Most job sites are typically located within 500 miles of our facility.
MR Credit 5: Regional Materials
Another topic LEED addresses is Materials & Resources (MR): Our steel panel and deck products are fabricated from coil and flat sheet that are produced using the Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) process. The pre-consumer recycled content averages 6% and the post-consumer recycled content averages 22% for wall and roof panels. Metal deck products average 5% and 20% respectively. MR Credit 4: Recycled Content One of the topics LEED addresses is Sustainable Sites (SS): Our metal roof panels are available in solar reflectant (SR) colors having a solar reflectance of at least 0.25. See specific values on our color chart. SS Credit 7.2: Reduce Heat Island Effect - Roof