LEED “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” is a rating system for sustainable construction. Sustainable construction and the rating system developed by the CGBC has grown out of energy saving efforts in Canada. Green Building Construction encompasses many practices including, construction and demolition, debris recycling, storm water management and our chief concern the use of environmental responsible recycled and regional materials. LEED is becoming more and more accepted and will soon become the standard rather than the exception.
Building Green with TemBar
- TemBar substantially increases structural durability.
- TemBar produces virtually no waste during the manufacturing process.
- Longer lasting materials require fewer resources for replacement.
- Reduced maintenance and repair costs.
- Lightweight GFRP weighs 25% of rebar which reduces fuel and transportation costs.
- The low thermal conductivity of fiberglass reduces energy consumption for heating and cooling.
What LEED credits are available to the purchaser of TemBar.
Regional Materials MR 5.1 and 5.2
The CGBC gives credits 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.
Use a minimum of 10% of building materials or products for which at least 80% of the mass is extracted, processed and manufactured within 800 km (500 miles) of the project site.
Use a minimum of 20% of building materials or products for which at least 80% of the mass is extracted, processed, and manufactured within 2400 km (1,500 miles) of the project site, and shipped by rail or water.
Use a minimum of 20% of building materials or products that reflect a combination of the above extraction, processing, manufacturing and shipping criteria (e.g., 10% within 800 km / 500 miles) and 10% shipped by rail within 2400 km (1,500 miles).
Approximately 20% of the building materials (resin) will be sourced and manufactured in Ontario (Guelph) and the GFRP will be produced in Stoney Creek.
Results MR 5.1 and 5.2
TemBar is manufactured in Stoney Creek Ontario and therefore may qualify for the credit. In addition, some of the raw materials may originate within 800km by truck or 2400km by rail, depending on the product.
Other possible areas for LEED contribution include:
TemBar is a durable and long lasting material. This reduces the need for replacement, repair and repainting. The durable nature of GFRP makes it earth friendly. Durable products reduce the environmental impact of their production. Doubling the useful lifespan of a product, halves the environmental impact of its production and construction.