Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, created a guide to assist design professionals as they navigate the requirements of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.
Palram studied the USGBC LEED® 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations (October 2010) and identified specific areas where Palram polycarbonate products may assist in obtaining points for building projects.
“The LEED rating system has become a recognized benchmark for sustainable building practices," stated Stan Schultz, Marketing Director at Palram Americas. “Our goal is to make it easier for architects and engineers to identify Palram products that can assist with achieving energy efficiency and sustainability."
It is important to note that a specific product is not guaranteed to obtain a credit, as products themselves cannot be LEED® certified or approved; only entire projects can achieve this level of distinction. In this approval situation, the sum of whole is greater than the parts. A product itself may not seem to be particularly environmentally friendly, but the way the product is used can elevate it in the green building product standards. It is the overall environmental impact that is important in green building standards.
Palram is pleased to make this latest information available and is committed to the development of energy efficient and environmentally friendly building products.