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Looking for sustainable products to specify in your next green building project? CADdetails has uncovered the latest in green building products and environmentally friendly design practices developed to support architects, builders, building owners and designers in their efforts to build and maintain sustainable sites. Follow the links below to learn about CADdetails.com SpecGREEN manufacturers and how the green products they offer may contribute towards the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of your next commercial or residential building or interior design.


Although "sustainability" is a fairly new term, the basic concept has been part of Acme Brick Company since its founding. Since 1891, we have built and operated our brick plants close to population centers. Today our network is 26 plants strong - and meets LEED's "local production" criterion of 500 miles' distance for nearly all of the central and southeastern United States. Acme people work hard to be good stewards of the environment. Our brick are made from quality earth clays and fired with clean natural gas in highly efficient, computer-controlled kilns. Two Alabama plants use methane from landfills. We also recycle material such as scrap clay and sawdust, incorporating them into the body of our brick. These efforts keep waste out of landfills and may help boost LEED scores. Our stewardship continues even after production ends. Through our industry-recognized reclamation programs, we have planted hundreds of thousands of trees at inactive production sites and created wetlands that offer attractive habitat for wildlife.


The AWS™ Pedestal System promotes a 'green' environment! Sustainably designed, it is constructed of fully recyclable, durable ABS and PVC plastics and 100% recycled rubber. The AWS™ Pedestal System is the natural solution for ecological concerns. That's why the AWS™ Pedestal System was chosen for the Atlanta City Hall Green Roof Project, The Built Green Idea Home 2004 (2004 winner of the Gold Nugget Grand Award for Sustainable/Green Residential Project of the Year), and the New American Home at the 2004 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. That's also why the Introductory Manual for Greening Roofs (.PDF) commissioned by the Canadian government in 2002 lists the AWS™ Pedestal System as an integral part of the green solution.


Kronos pavers are produced in manufacturing plants with environmental management systems compliant to ISO 14001:2004 and EMAS (European Council Regulation 761/2001) and which have received the prestigious ecological mark ECOLABEL (EU Regulation 2002/272/EC). These environmental standards relate to safeguarding the environment and undertaking continuous improvement in environmental standards for both products and manufacturing sites and ensuring thehealthcare of the workforce.


VAST helps projects earn LEED® certification easier than any other pavement. Made from 95% recycled materials, VAST® Composite Pavers can outperform other pavers, such as concrete pavers with fly ash, by more than ten times. VAST composite pavers can provide significant contribution in the following LEED credit areas: 4.1, 4.2 - Recycled Content (MR Credit; 6.1, 6.2 - Stormwater Design (SS Credit; 5.1, 5.2 - Regional Materials (MR Credit);7.1 - Heat Island Effect (SS Credit) — Coming Soon.


Conserving the planets resources is a shared mission at Bison Deck Supports. As an environmentally conscious company, they demonstrate this commitment in everything they do – from product design and manufacturing to packaging and delivery, to internal business operations. Bison Innovative Products are dedicated to providing products that are manufactured in an environmentally sensitive and efficient manner. Their focus is to create roof deck systems and green roof environments that not only are functional and beautiful, but help to support the environment. Bison Wood Tiles utilize wood sources that have been harvested in an environmentally responsible method, designed to preserve and enhance the economic viability of rainforest hardwoods. Their preassembled wood tiles utilize two-foot slats so remnants from other manufacturers are used – furthering the efficient use of materials and reducing waste. Bison Massaranduba Wood Tiles are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


Brampton Brick can help maximize the number of LEED credits you wish to achieve by producing a product specific to your design needs. We can work with you to determine what level of certification you wish to achieve and how to help get you there. Our Clay Brick and Concrete Products can be modified to achieve maximum LEED credits. Talk with your local Brampton Brick sales representative to learn how.


Cooler Pavements Mean Safer, More Comfortable Pavements Available in a range of both light and dark colors, StreetBondSR™ can contribute LEED® credits to sustainable construction projects and is an ideal and affordable solution for green hardscape design. StreetBondSR™ can be used on untextured asphalt and also as the color treatment component for StreetPrint® – genuine stamped asphalt.


Increte Systems is pleased to pursue sustainability and positive environmental impact in its manufacturing practices, eco-friendly products and engineered systems. Increte Systems understands the critical impact that Sustainable Design and Green Building can have on our world. They also realize that for Increte Systems to have an impact as a supplier to the decortive industry, they must make it part of their company's culture to provide sustainable building design solutions which achieve social and environmental objectives while providing economic balance.


The manufacturing process to make clay masonry is very efficient with almost no waste of materials. To reduce environmental impact, all unused clay is recycled and modern pollution controls have significantly reduced any production air discharges. Clay Masonry can make a significant contribution toward earning LEED points on a project. While no one product or material alone can earn LEED credit points, clay masonry can be used as part of a strategy to earn points in 15 credit categories.


As an advocate of sustainable design, NDS offers a number of products that may significantly contribute to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits earned. As described in the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System, the following products can earn a project LEED credits: EZ Roll Grass Paver, EZ Roll Gravel Paver, Tufftrack, Grass Paver, Flo-Well, EZflow, Drip Irrigation.


Brampton Brick can help maximize the number of LEED credits you wish to achieve by producing a product specific to your design needs. We can work with you to determine what level of certification you wish to achieve and how to help get you there. Our Clay Brick and Concrete Products can be modified to achieve maximum LEED credits. Talk with your local Brampton Brick sales representative to learn how.


PolyPavement is LEED compliant and can contribute to attaining LEED Credits in many categories for pavement . Because PolyPavement incorporates natural, indigenous soil, and has a much higher SRI (Solar Reflective Index) than black asphalt, and can be up to 100% recycled, it is favored by many green builders and architects. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, PolyPavement is non-toxic to plants and animals and it contains no known carcinogenic ingredients such as vinyl acetate or acetaldehyde. It has been tested and proven safe for sensitive aquatic life and does not leach into the ground water. PolyPavement may be applied in environmentally sensitive areas without worry or concern.


Manufactured from 100% recycled plastic bags, effectively keeping millions of non-degradable bags out of public landfills. Because it can be filled with natural land cover like grass, it helps reduce the “Heat Island Effect”, where higher city temperatures result from non-permeable surfaces like asphalt and concrete absorbing instead of reflecting the sun’s energy. This is important because the higher city temperatures increase air pollution levels, and heat-related illness and fatalities, and put extra pressure on our energy generation network. Ecoraster’s® environmentally-sustainable permeability allows surface water to soak through the soil and plants, which do an excellent job of filtering out pollutants, and therefore helps maintain ground water quality and avoid environmental problems caused by storm water runoff. By providing a solid structure for soil, Ecoraster® prevents soil compaction, further decreasing storm water runoff and preventing soil erosion.


At Sioux City Brick, protecting the environment is important for our commitment to our current and future customers. We have committed to advanced manufacturing practices that conserve resources and promote sustainability.


The Belden Brick Company strives to be the “Standard of Comparison” in the brick industry. This applies to all aspects of the business, from manufacturing a high quality product to maintaining a strong commitment toward environmental stewardship. The company aspires to adopt environmentally responsible practices throughout its operations. Employees are trained to recognize the value of protecting the environment. Each facility is encouraged to develop and promote manufacturing processes which reduce waste and increase recycling wherever possible. The Belden Brick Company is also aware of the sensitive nature of its greatest assets, clay and shale. The extraction of minerals from the earth is conducted with great care to ensure there are no adverse effects on the surrounding environment.