LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It’s a voluntary set of building performance standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and comes with the goal of maximizing operational efficiency, while minimizing environmental impact. LEED certification is available for all building types including new construction and major renovation.
LEED is a point based system. Projects earn LEED points for satisfying specific green building criteria. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED Certification the project receives.
Implementing a C&D Waste Recycling Program has the potential to divert hundreds of tons of materials into reuse. This will extend the material’s life cycle, preserve natural resources, cut production costs, and reduce the increasing pressure on landfill space. The cradle-to-cradle model of reuse can apply to a vast array of materials, ranging from concrete, brick, corrugated cardboard, clean wood, metal, ceiling tiles, asphalt shingles, glass, and gypsum wallboard. Funneling these materials to local markets can have a positive impact on the economy and establish good public relations for facility owners.
Many contractors already employ informal recycling on their sites as a matter of sound economics. With proper and clear communication, it’s relatively easy and cost effective to expand this into a larger program that diverts greater C&D waste streams from landfills.
RPJ Waste Services, Inc. can help you establish a suitable policy, implement a specific program on your job site, and document the results as part of the LEED certification process for your project.