InterfaceFLOR Products and Others Can Earn LEED Credit, USGBC Rules

InterfaceFLOR Products and Others Can Earn LEED Credit, USGBC Rules

The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that LEED-seeking building projects can earn a point toward the Innovation in Design credit by using products certified under the California Gold and SMART standards.

In order to earn the credit, the certified products must make make up at least 2.5 percent of the total value of all the materials used in the building project.

One of InterfaceFLOR produts, the GlasBacRE, has earned California Platinum certification because of the high recycled content of the products' backing, which allows it to count for double in the calculation. InterfaceFLOR's president, David Hobbs, explained that the Platinum certification means only 1.25 percent of the total value of a project to earn the point.

"This is another in a series of examples of how LEED Innovation in Design credits drive ideas and solutions into the marketplace to deliver high performance buildings that have an immediate and measurable impact on slowing climate change and reducing our energy dependence on fossil fuels," said Tom Hicks, the USGBC's Vice President of LEED.

According to the California Gold standard, carpet is awarded points based on the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the manufacturing process, the use of recycled and bio-based materials, increased water conservation, facility and company achievements, social equity, and product reuse and reclamation. Platinum certification is reserved for only the highest performing products; Gold is earned for the next tier of performance.