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The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building.

Over the past several years, “sustainability” has become an important attribute of many new buildings – commercial and residential.  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in partnership with other organizations, has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™.  The LEED Green Building Rating will help professionals to improve the quality of buildings and their impact on the environment.  AmCork offers products that are functional, cost effective and have no harmful effects for humans or the environment.  We strive to make a difference by committing to environment sustainability.  

AmCork products have the following product attributes that could contribute to a LEED building certification:

Cork Wall and Floor Tiles

contain between 84% and 93% (by weight) post-industrial recycled content in the form of granulated cork and/or broken cork


Cork Floating Floors

contain between 21% and 23% (by weight) post-industrial recycled content in the form of granulated cork and/or broken cork


Cork Underlayment

contain between 90% (by weight) post-industrial recycled content in the form of granulated cork. Cork is a rapidly renewable material (as defined by LEED, these materials have less than a 10 year growth cycle)

Agglomerated cork is certified FSC Controlled Wood – SA-CW-002408.

Cork Floating Floors are certified FSC Mixed Credit – SA-COC-002408.


LEEDS Credits:


Materials & Resources

Points

MR Credit 3.1

Materials Reuse 5%

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MR Credit 3.2

Materials Reuse 10%

Cork floating floors can be re-used for interior installations

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MR Credit 4.1

Recycled content 10% (post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer)

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Materials & Resources

Points

MR Credit 4.2

Recycled content 20% (post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer)

Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of the post-consumer recycled content plus ½ the post-industrial recycled content constitutes at least 10% and/or 20% of the total value of the materials in the project.

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MR Credit 6.0

Rapidly Renewable Resources

Use rapidly renewable building materials and products (made from plants that are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter) for 2.5% of the total value of all building materials and products used in the project.

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MR Credit 7.0

Certified Wood

Use a minimum of 50% of wood-based materials and products, which are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Principles and Criteria, for wood building components.

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Indoor Environmental Quality

Points

EQ Credit 4.1

Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealers

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EQ Credit 4.2

Low-Emitting Materials: Paints & Coatings

The VOC content of adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings used must be less than the current VOC content limits of local Regulations.

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EQ Credit 4.4

Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products

Composite wood and agrifiber products used on the interior of the building shall contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins.

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Innovation and Design Process

Points

ID Credit 1-1.4

Innovation in Design

Taking advantage of the unique natural cellular structure and properties of cork, achieve high ratings in: energy efficiency (thermal insulation); comfort (sound transmission reduction); health benefits (elasticity and hypoallergenic), etc.

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