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

Recycled Content:

  • 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

Regional Materials

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

Futher Details: Recycled Content

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.

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 Content

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.

Why We Can’t Use Post-Consumer Aluminum

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.

Our Aluminum Doors are Fully Recyclable

While they can’t be made of recycled material, they are recyclable at the end of their lifespan. You can learn more in this blog post.

Further Details: 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.

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.