At Dynamic Closures, we take pride in offering more than just exceptional functionality and aesthetics with our aluminum doors. Sustainability is a core aspect of our commitment to providing environmentally conscious solutions for our customers.
Learn about everything you need to know about LEED certification and how Dynamic Closures can help you with your LEED projects:
How The LEED System Works
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).
Contributions Of Building Components
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 Rating System – Quick Facts On Our Products
Materials And Resources
- Aluminum – 0% post-industrial and 0% post-consumer (see “Recycled” section below for explanation)
- 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 )
Sourcing product components regionally is not possible due 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
How Our Materials Use Recycled ContentLEED 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.
How Points Are Calculated“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.”
Steel Made With Post-Consumer And Post-Industrial ContentDynamic 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.
Why We Can’t Use Post-Consumer AluminumRecycling of post-industrial 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. Please note that none of the aluminum we use ends up in a landfill. Our aluminum chip collection system (attached to all saws) collect even the smallest aluminum shavings so they can be recycled.
Our Aluminum Doors Are Fully RecyclableFor LEED projects that you want to turn into Leed certified spaces, we can help:
- We recycle everything—aluminum scraps, filings, and, thanks to a specialized filtration system in our shop vacuums, even dust.
- Our doors are fully recyclable when they’re no longer needed.
- We use mostly recycled materials (like cardboard and paper) in our door packaging – no styrofoam.
- We’ve developed innovative designs that use less materials and still manage to be a stronger, better door.
Recycling of post-industrial 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.
Please note that none of the aluminum we use ends up in a landfill. Our aluminum chip collection system (attached to all saws) collect even the smallest aluminum shavings so they can be recycled with almost no construction waste.
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.
What Is The Local And Regional Origin Of Our Materials?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. 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.
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Benefits of LEED Certification
Beyond their use in construction, our aluminum doors are designed with end-of-life sustainability in mind. When these doors reach the end of their lifecycle, they can be easily recycled, ensuring that the materials are reintroduced into the production cycle rather than contributing to landfill waste. This closed-loop approach further solidifies our commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices.
LEED-certified buildings offer a myriad of financial benefits, making them a wise investment for both short-term and long-term savings. Energy-efficient features, sustainable materials, and optimized water usage contribute to reduced operational costs. Energy conservation, in particular, leads to lower utility bills over time, allowing businesses to allocate resources more efficiently. Additionally, LEED buildings often enjoy increased market value, providing a potential return on investment when the property is sold or leased.
One of the significant advantages of achieving LEED certification is the potential for tax credits. Governments at various levels often provide financial incentives to encourage environmentally friendly building practices. These incentives may include tax credits for energy-efficient systems, renewable energy installations, or the use of sustainable materials. By pursuing LEED certification, businesses can tap into these tax benefits, positively impacting their bottom line while demonstrating a commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.
LEED certification is a badge of honor that not only showcases a commitment to sustainability but also attracts businesses with similar values. Many organizations prioritize leasing or purchasing space in environmentally conscious buildings as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives. By achieving LEED certification, property owners and developers position their existing buildings as desirable spaces for eco-minded businesses, potentially increasing occupancy rates and overall property value. The certification serves as a marketing tool, showcasing a commitment to environmental responsibility that resonates with tenants and clients.
At its core, LEED certification is about creating structures that minimize their environmental impact. From energy-efficient systems to sustainable construction materials, LEED-certified buildings are designed to be ecologically responsible. This focus contributes to the conservation of resources, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and the promotion of biodiversity. By choosing to build or retrofit with LEED standards, businesses play a vital role in fostering a healthier environment. This positive environmental impact extends beyond the immediate community, influencing the broader sustainability goals of regions and nations.
How Do Security Grilles Help You Meet LEED Certification?
Our aluminum doors can play a role in helping you achieve LEED certification.
LEED certified commercial buildings have an emphasis on sustainable building materials, and the recyclability of aluminum makes it a valuable component in meeting these certification requirements.
By choosing our aluminum doors, you not only invest in a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution but also contribute to your project’s LEED goals.
- We use anodized coatings (if at all) on our doors, so there are no VOCs or other harmful emissions.
- Some models are more open than others, allowing for more free circulation of air and ensuring your HVAC system is just as efficient in reality as it is on paper.