LEED / Sustainable Solutions

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the foundation of the US Green Building Council, is an internationally recognized green building certification system,  providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts, SUSTAINABLY.

Developing sustainable sites that mimic the pre-development runoff scenarios is the fundamental concept of Low Impact Development, a key component to effective sustainable design.   Following the USGBC format for LEED Certification, we have organized this section by the 4 major categories we can affect:

1. Sustainable Sites

SS Credit 5.1-Site Development: Protect and Restore Habitat

“Conserve Existing Natural Areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity”

Erosion Control and Vegetation Establishment Solutions to restore damaged areas and provide habitat:

  • North American Green- Erosion Control Blankets and Turf Reinforcement Mats
  • Profile Products- Vegetation Management Agronomic Formulations, Flexible Growth Medium, Green Armor
  • Presto Geosystems-Geoweb Erosion Control Solutions
  • Landmark Earth Solutions- ScourStop Transistion Mats:Vegetated scour mats to replace hard armor
  • Central Fiber- Hydraulically Applied Mulches
  • Earth Guard- Stabilized Fiber Matrix

 

SS Credit 5.2-Site Development: Maximize Open Space and Provide Vegetated Open Space

Promote biodiversity by providing a high ratio of open space to development footprint

Vegetated Solutions Including to promote biodiversity and reduce the development footprint:

  • Tencate Mirafi- Vegetated Reinforced Steep Slopes
  • Presto Geosystems- Vegetated Earth Retention Systems
  • North American Green- Reinforced Vegetation for Steep Slopes
  • Profile Products- Vegetation Management and Reinforced Vegetation
  • Landmark Earth Solutions- ScourStop Transistion Mats:Vegetated scour mats to replace hard armor
  • Central Fiber- Vegetation Establishment
  • Earth Guard- Vegetation Establishment

 

SS Credit 6.1-Stormwater Design-Quantity Control

“Limit disruption of natural hydrology by reducing impervious cover, increasing on-site infiltration, reducing or eliminating pollution from stormwater runoff

Reducing impervious cover:

  • Presto Geosystems- FilterPave Porous Paving-Pervious Paving Solutions
  • Presto Geosystems- Geoblock Grass Paver-Pervious Vegetated Paving Solutions

Increasing Infiltration

  • Atlantis- D-Raintank Stormwater Storage Systems-Detention, Infiltration, Rainwater Harvesting, Bio-retention
  • Presto Geosystems- GeoPave Gravel Paver System

Reducing pollution from storm water runoff

  • Suntree Technologies- Nutrient Separating Baffle Box-Removal of Suspended Sediments, trash and nutrients
  • Modular Wetlands- MWS-Linear Biofiltration System-Natural Filtering of solids, pollutants, drastically improving water quality
  • Suntree Technologies- Grate Inlet Skimmer Box-inlet box for removal of trash, sediment and hydrocarbons
  • Trash Guard-Catch Basin inserts for removal of trash and sediment
  • Atlantis- D-Raintank Stormwater Storage Systems-Detention, Infiltration, Rainwater Harvesting, Bio-retention
  • Presto Geosystems- Porous Paving Solutions-Grass, Gravel and Glass Pervious Paving Solutions
  • Landmark Earth Solutions- ScourStop Transistion Mats:Vegetated scour mats to replace hard armor
  • ASP Vegetated Solutions-Bio-swales, Bio-retention, Infiltration systems

 

SS Credit 6.2-Stormwater Design-Quality Control

“Limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff

Managing Stormwater Runoff with:

  • Suntree Technologies- Nutrient Separating Baffle Box-Removal of Suspended Sediments, trash and nutrients
  • Modular Wetlands- MWS-Linear Biofiltration System-Natural Filtering of solids, pollutants, drastically improving water quality
  • Suntree Technologies- Grate Inlet Skimmer Box-inlet box for removal of trash, sediment and hydrocarbons
  • Trash Guard-Catch Basin inserts for removal of trash and sediment
  • Atlantis- D-Raintank Stormwater Storage Systems-Detention, Infiltration, Rainwater Harvesting, Bio-retention
  • Presto Geosystems- Porous Paving Solutions-Grass, Gravel and Glass Pervious Paving Solutions
  • Landmark Earth Solutions- ScourStop Transistion Mats:Vegetated scour mats to replace hard armor
  • ASP Vegetated Solutions-Bio-swales, Bio-retention, Infiltration systems

 

SS Credit 7.1-Heat Island Effect-Non Roof

Reduce heat islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats”

Alternative paving solutions with:

  • Presto Geosystems-Geoblock Grass Pavers for Emergency egress and seasonal parking
  • Presto Geosystems- FilterPave for Porous Pavement
  • Presto Geosystems- Geoweb Porous Paving Solutions

 

SS Credit 7.2-Heat Island Effect-Roof

Reduce heat islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats”

Vegetated Roof Options:

  • Presto Geosystems-  Geoweb Slope Protection
  • North American Green- Vegetation Solutions

 

2. Water Efficiency

WE Credit 1.1+ 1.2-Water Efficient Landscaping-Reduce Potable Water Use

Limit or eliminate the use of potable water or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site for landscape irrigation”

Rainwater Harvesting with:

  • Atlantis- D-Raintank Modular Stormwater Storage Tanks

 

4. Materials and Resources

MR Credit 4.1+4.2-Recycled Content

“Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials”

Solutions with recycled content include:

  • Central Fiber- Recycled Hydromulch-100%
  • Tencate Mirafi- Recycled Geotextiles-30%
  • Stormwater Products- Big Red Curb Inlet Protection-80%
  • Presto Geosystems- Geoblock Grass Paver-97%
  • Presto Geosystems- Geopave Gravel Paver-97%
  • Presto Geosystems- FilterPave Glass Paver-75%
  • Atlantis- D-Raintank Stormwater Storage System-95%

 

MR Credit 5.1+5.2-Regional Materials

“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”

Manufacturers within 500 Mile Radius: (depending on location, please call your local office to confirm distance)

  • Central Fiber- Hydraulically Applied Mulches-Wellsville, KS
  • North American Green- Erosion Control Solutions-Evansville, IN
  • Presto Geosystems- Geoweb, Geoblock, GeoPave, FilterPave-Appleton, WI
  • Stormwater Products- Big Red Curb Inlet Protection-Labadie, MO
  • Landmark Earth Solutions-Scourstop Transition Mats-Des Moines, IA
  • ADS Drainage Products-HDPE Pipe and Drainage Products-Several Plants in the Midwest
  • Terra Aqua Gabions-Gabion Baskets and Retaining Wall Structures-Ft. Smith, AR
  • Submar- Articulating Concrete Revetments- Local concrete plants throughout the Midwest

 

6. Innovation in Design

To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to achieve exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Discuss our options for exceeding required performance levels in many of the above categories with one of our knowledgeable representatives.  We would love to help you with your next LEED Certified Project.

 

RP. Regional Priority Credits

To provide an incentive for the achievement of credits that address geographically-specific environmental priorities.

The USGBC offers additional credits specific to your local Zip Code.

Check here to look up your local Priority Credits by State:

Regional Priority Credits Frequently Asked Questions