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More and more owners are becoming more cognizant of environmental impacts and are implementing sustainable building practices in their construction projects. With the development of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards created by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) there is growing attention to climate change and the desire to lower the consumption of energy and materials. KIE-CON and precast products can help streamline the process and achieve these goals of source reduction. Architects, contractors, and designers are often turning to precast concrete components as they provide numerous green building advantages.

IN Credit: LEED Accredited Professional – KIE-CON has a LEED AP on staff. 1 Credit

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing Of Raw Materials (Option 1) – KIE-CON uses local vendors to help support local businesses and lower transportation costs and emissions. 1-2 credit(s)

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Material (Option 2) – KIE-CON uses products that meet at least one of the responsible extraction criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed products in the project. Several pathways are provided for meeting this option, including material reuse and recycling. Precast concrete products can contribute to the recycling portion since some concrete mix designs contain recycled materials such as fly ash, and steel reinforcement. 1-2 credit(s)

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) – KIE-CON produces structural precast products and members that may apply to this credit which encourages increased life cycle for manufactured permanently installed products. (See link above) 1-2 credit(s)

MR Credit: Low-Emitting Material – The intent of this 3-point credit is to reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity and the environment. The focus is to remove volatile organic compound emissions from indoor air and materials in ceilings, walls and floors. Many interior finishes, such as paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants have significant emissions. In many applications, exposed precast concrete serves as both the structural element and the finish material, eliminating the need for additional interior material to be applied. LEED v4 defines precast concrete as an “inherently non-emitting source” of VOCs. 1-3 Credit(s)

RP Credit: Regional Priority – Depending on the region where a project is located, KIE-CON can help attribute to 1-4 more points based on local zip code designation. To provide an incentive for the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental, social equity, and public health priorities. 1-4 Credit(s)

EA Credit: Minimum Energy Performance (Required) – To reduce the environmental and economic harms of excessive energy use by achieving a minimum level of energy efficiency for the building and its systems.

EA Credit: Optimize Energy Performance – Precast products often have high “R” values and retain heat through thermal mass, reducing HVAC demand and energy needs. 1-18 Credit(s)

MR Credit: Construction and Demolition Waste Management – Precast products significantly reduce the amount of material, packaging, form work waste and space that cast-in-place methods often demand. 1-2 Credit(s)

EQ Credit: Thermal Comfort – Precast products retain heat through thermal mass and can help control thermal comfort and reduce the demand on insulation products. 1 credit

EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials – To reduce concentrations of chemical contaminants that can damage air quality, human health, productivity, and the environment. 1-3 Credit(s)