How to Earn LEED Points with Decorative Glass
Gaining LEED certification for a building is a huge accomplishment for any designer, engineer, architect, contractor, and owner. Many strive to have a positive impact and preserve the integrity of the environment and people in and around their building for years to come. LEED helps that by issuing certification and setting up the rating system that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most popular building certification programs in the world ensuring buildings are designed and built responsibly and using resources efficiently.
LEED was founded in 1993 and has evolved to more accurately represent and incorporate emerging green building technologies.
LEED is broken out into various areas called LEED Rating Systems
- LEED for New Construction
- LEED for Core & Shell
- LEED for Schools
- LEED for Healthcare
- LEED for Retail
- LEED for Commercial Interiors
- LEED for Retail Interiors
- LEED for Existing Buildings
- LEED for Existing Schools
What Are LEED Points
LEED is a point, or credit system, that measures the energy efficiency and how “green” the building is. The more environmentally friendly and efficient a building is, the more points you will earn; these points are achieved by meeting requirements and there are 6 categories in which you can earn credits.
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation in Design
Under LEED, you can earn up to 100 possible points distributed across the six categories and up to 10 additional points may be earned through Regional Priority Credits and 6 points for Innovation in Design.
What Are The 4 Levels of LEED Certification?
Depending on the number of LEED points you achieve, your project can earn one of four LEED rating levels.
- Certified: 40–49 points
- Silver: 50-59 points
- Gold: 60-79 points
- Platinum: 80 points and above
Why is LEED Important?
LEED aims to award points based on the potential environmental impacts and human benefits of each credit via the environmental impact categories of the United States Environmental protection Agency’s Tools for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI) and the environmental impact weighting scheme by the National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST). All that means is that buildings that are designed and built are sourced and manufactured using real data and standards that ensure the building has the lowest negative environmental impact and in most cases, improves it.
How Does FGD | OSS Decorative Glass Earn You LEED Points?
We are going to focus on LEED CI, which is the LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System. Decorative glass can contribute to earned credits in most of the LEED categories, although this highly depends on the glass fabricator you choose. Here’s a breakdown for you explaining how FGD | OSS products can help contribute towards LEED credits with decorative glass.
|LEED Category||LEED Requirement||Description||How FGD | OSS Contributes|
|Energy & Atmosphere|
|Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site for minimum of 10-20% (cost) of the total material value.||Optimize Energy Performance||All our sealers, interlayers, adhesives, have been carefully selected to maintain low VOC standards. Our glass is etched using environmentally friendly products, and our etching machine captures and reuses our etching materials.|
|Materials & Resources|
Credit 5.1 – 5.2
|Use building materials or products|
that have been extracted, harvested
or recovered, as well as manufactured
within 500 miles of the project site
for minimum of 10-20% (cost) of the
total material value.
|Regional Materials||FGD | OSS is in Atlanta, GA. Projects within 500 miles can earn Regional Materials credits when using FGD | OSS for their decorative glass needs.|
Since we fabricate on-site at our facility, our products can be considered manufactured. However, drilling holes and installing hardware is excluded under LEED definition.
|Indoor Environmental Quality|
Credit 4.1 – 4.2
|The VOC content of adhesives & sealants and paint and coatings must be less than the current VOC content limits of the South Coast Air Quality Mgmt District (SCAQMD) Rule #1168.||Low-emitting Materials–Adhesives & Sealants; Paints & Coatings||Our Decorlite back-painted glass uses a low VOC water based paint consistent with meeting the demands of LEED and other environmental agencies.|
|Indoor Environmental Quality|
|Achieve minimum daylight factor of 2% in a minimum of 75% of regularly occupied areas.||Daylight in 75% of spaces||Our etched, film, and laminated glass services can enhance and improve light transmission while still offering decorative designs and patterns. By using our services we can offer opaque glass while still allowing more light into occupied areas.|
|Indoor Environmental Quality|
|Achieve direct line of sight to the outdoor environment via vision glazing between 2’6” and 7’6” above finish floor for building occupants in 90% of all regularly occupied areas.||Daylight in 90% of spaces, Views for 90% of seated spaces||Using our transparent glass films and laminated glass, you can achieve your desired decorative look while still allowing for direct line of sight to the outdoor environment.|
|Innovation & Design Process|
|Provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Buildings not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System||Innovation in Design||All of our decorative glass services may offer daylighting, direct line of sight to outdoor environments, redirection, and glare reduction. Please allow us to assist you with your building design when earning LEED points is a top priority.|