Concrete in LEED
Is the best flooring option, no flooring?
By Adam A. Schoonover and Jeff J. Dykstra
As green building practices establish themselves as the de- facto construction standards, each individual component of a new building project falls under scrutiny with regard to its contribution to meeting the new “Green” requirements.
Green approval is becoming synonymous with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) certification. LEED addresses the major concerns of green building including: the use of resource-friendly materials, energy saving design, and providing healthy indoor environmental quality (IEQ). Amazingly, the natural attributes of a finished or polished concrete floor assist in all those areas. This can add up to significant LEED point earnings, as shown in the chart at the end of the article. Let’s consider these areas in more detail.
Resource Friendly – (a.k.a. reduce/re-use/recycle)
Fact: Slip-and–fall is the second leading cause of accidental death and injury, next to automobiles
Concrete in LEED Credit Guide
USGBC New Construction Reference Guide version 2.2
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