The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program was developed by the USGBC (US Green Building Council) starting in 1995 and has seen several evolutionary changes.
The current individual programs include new commercial construction, new homes, core and shell only, commercial interiors, neighborhood development, schools, healthcare and retail and even existing building operations and maintenance. All programs are slight variations of the same basic set of goals – to design, construct and operate the greenest buildings in the world.
According to the LEED certification program, “recent trends in the building industry has shown a steady increase in eco-friendly projects which conform to green building standards. The dual target of such projects is to create environment efficient structures along with a sustainable framework which turns out to be economic as well.”
Cold-Formed Steel has the most direct impact in the LEED- NC (New Construction) program, specifically within the Materials and Resources section. Below are the basic explanations as to how Cold-Formed Steel can provide opportunities for credits including Construction Waste Management, Materials Reuse, Recycled Content and Regional Materials.
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For more information about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the U.S. Green Building Council provides a complete overview.
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MR Credit 2: Construction Waste Management
Steel is the most recycled material on the planet. Nucor is the largest recycler in the Western Hemisphere.
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MR Credit 3: Materials Reuse
Nuconsteel Trusses allow for long clear spans so Nuconsteel Wall Panels can be relocated easier if the building use changes. At the end of the buildings useful life, Nuconsteel building components are easily recycled or reused.
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MR Credit 4: Recycled Content
All steel contains at least 25% recycled content. Nuconsteel products contain on average 69.1% recycled content.
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MR Credit 5: Regional Materials
Nucor scrap recovery, steel and steel product locations are located throughout the US, often within 500 miles of a project.
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Nuconsteel recognizes the importance of active environmental protection and has proactively set up an Environmental Management System (EMS) to manage our environmental requirements and reduce our impact on the environment.
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