Our philosophy regarding architectural metals is to select a product that will last the useful life of the building with little or no maintenance. This usually results in the least long-term cost to the building owner (see Life Cycle Costing). In addition, significantly less harm can be made to the environment by using long life materials as opposed to more commonly used materials that require maintenance and replacement.
Specifically, our portfolio of high performance architectural metals serves this philosophy well. Beyond offering sustainability (when properly specified and installed) these metals are, by their nature, environmentally “green” materials.
Green Globes Design™
There are a number of areas where the use of our materials can contribute to the accumulation of Green Globes Design points:
- Environmental Purchasing
- Reduced Heat Island Effect
- Energy Performance
- Reduced Energy Demand
- Minimal Consumption of Resources
- Building Durability, Adaptability and Disassembly
- Reduction, Reuse & Recycling of Demolition Waste
Upon request, we will provide a detailed letter in support of these assessment factors as they relate to the application of our products for a specific building project.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design)
With respect to LEED® credits, our products are eligible for two to four points based on what material is selected, how it is used and where the building is located. Please contact us for assistance in pre-qualifying LEED® points for your specific project. If you wish, we will provide a detailed letter indicating LEED® eligibility. LEED® criteria for which points may be earned include Recycled Materials, SRI (Solar Reflectance Index), Regional Materials, and potentially low-emitting materials as these metals do not emit anything into the atmosphere at ambient temperatures.
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