The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating system establishes a uniform standard of measurement by awarding credit points for various building design and construction measures seen as contributing to the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of a building. LEED guidelines indicate how points are accumulated for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material selection and indoor environmental quality. Total credits of 26 points or more out of a total possible of 69 points qualifies the building for USGBC certification as a “green” building. Those with more credit points are designated as silver (33-38 points), gold (39-51 points) or platinum (52-69 points).
Given that the LEED system emphasizes evaluating projects as a whole, building components do not, in and of themselves, add credit points to a project. They can, however, help qualify the project for LEED certification and manufacturers can help qualify projects in which their products are used.
LEED guidelines award points for the use of materials with recycled content “such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the post industrial content constitutes at least 5% of the total value of the material for the project.” Higher percentages help add more points. “The value of the recycled content is determined by dividing the weight of the recycled content in the item by the total weight of all materials in the item, then multiplying the resulting percentage by the total value of the item.” Recycling of postindustrial aluminum is easier than recycling of post-consumer materials due to the latter’s potential for alloy contamination that can affect its structural properties and ability to achieve acceptable finish quality.
Local and Regional Origin of the Material
Material qualifies as “regional” if the final assembly is performed within 500 miles of the project.
– (American Architectural Manufacturers Association/Aluminum Materials Council newsletter January 2005 )
Dynamic Closures Corporation is a Canadian manufacturer and a world recognized supplier of aluminum security grilles and closures. Dynamic’s methods of manufacturing has always recognized the importance of renew, recycle and sustainability, please visit this web site page for more information on our environmental approach.
Dynamic Closures inventory’s extrusions of aluminum and also steel components that are made of recycled materials blended with primary metals. The blend can vary but for an average we will use the following breakdown: post –industrial aluminum is 0%, post-consumer aluminum is 0%, the balance being primary material. A high percentage of post-consumer recycled material can affect both structural and anodized finish qualities; that is why the percentage of post consumer is small. Dynamic purchases steel that is manufactured from an EAF mill (electric arc furnace). The mill uses on average a 50.6% recycled post-consumer and 33.3% post-industrial materials and the balance being primary ore. The steel overall content percentage for specific models can vary greatly depending on size of our predominantly aluminum products.
All products are manufactured at 5738 Warner Drive, Long Sault, Ontario K0C 1P0. Sourcing product components regionally is not possible due to our product requirements.
LEED Rating System – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
Materials and Resources
- Aluminum – 0% post-industrial and 0% post-consumer
- Steel – 33.3% post-industrial and 50.6% post-consumer
- Specific percentages can be produced for individual projects
Factory location: 5738 Warner Drive, Long Sault, Ontario K0C 1P0 ( latitude 45.037362, longitude -74.840442 ) Get Directions
Sourcing product components regionally is not possible do to our product requirements.
- Sustainable Sites: N/A
- Water Efficiency: N/A
- Energy and Atmosphere: N/A
- Innovation and Design: N/A
- Indoor Environmental Quality: N/A
- Regional Priority: N/A