With interest in green construction practices and sustainable buildings at an all-time high, the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has become increasingly important for builders and suppliers across the country. Universally recognized as the preeminent authority on green building practices, the Council established a system to award projects with certified, silver, gold and platinum ratings.
With the numerous components precasters provide to a wide variety of building projects, and the number of ways precast can help earn LEED points, the LEED rating system continues to grow in importance as precasters are increasingly asked to contribute to LEED design projects. To assist members, NPCA launched the LEED calculator for U.S. projects. The calculator was developed in order to simplify the paperwork requested for the completion of LEED Credits MR 4 and MR 5.
We are now happy to report the calculator has been expanded to include the Canadian LEED rating system, as well as allow entry of Canadian postal codes in either rating system. Based on the postal code entered for the project, the calculator will automatically choose whether to use the U.S. or Canadian rating system, while allowing the user to switch between the two as needed. NPCA members can check out this exclusive NPCA member benefit at our special LEED portal: www.precast.org/leed.