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PermaTherm’s Sustainable Building Materials and LEED Certification Requirements

PermaTherm helps our clients meet LEED certification requirements by providing an array of environmentally friendly sustainable building materials. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) helps architects, contractors and building owners to identify and practice the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green metal building systems.

LEED certified buildings provide individuals with a third-party verification that an application or a residential metal building was fabricated using strategies that achieve high-performance in environmental and human health. LEED credits can be earned for numerous reasons including saving water, energy-efficiency and providing excellent indoor environmental quality. Buildings can become LEED certified by achieving various point levels, and there are four levels of certification.

Our sustainable building materials and insulated metal panels help our clients achieve numerous LEED credits. Below, we have included a list of LEED certification requirements that clients can achieve by using our panel products and panel accessories.

For more information about LEED certification requirements or to learn more about PermaTherm’s LEED certified buildings, call us toll-free at 877-650-4543.


SS Credit 7.2 – Heat Island Effect: Roof (1 point possible)

Purpose: Reduce heat islands to minimize impact on microclimate and habitat. This credit requires the use of a reflective roofing material or the use of a roof garden.

Although this credit does not relate solely to insulation, PermaTherm’s insulated sustainable building materials can be used in roof systems with reflective membranes and in garden roof assemblies to help reduce the urban heat island effect.


EA Credit 1 – Optimize Energy Performance (10 points possible)

Purpose: Reduce the negative environmental impact resulting from excessive energy use by demonstrating a measurable improvement in the building performance rating compared to the baseline building performance rating per ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 (without amendments). This credit encompasses the entire building.

PermaTherm’s insulated products can increase the R-value of your roof, wall and below-grade systems of a project, contributing to these LEED certification requirements.

EA Credit 5 – Measurement & Verification (1 point possible)

Purpose: Provide for the ongoing accountability of building energy consumption over time by developing and implementing a Measurement & Verification Plan.

Although this credit does not relate solely to insulation, proper R-value provided by PermaTherm’s sustainable building materials will contribute to the overall energy savings and the subsequent accounting of building energy consumption.


MR Credit 2.1 & 2.2 – Construction Waste Management:

Divert 50% or 75% From Disposal (2 points possible)

Purpose: Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% (1 point) or 75% (2 points) of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris.

PermaTherm can receive and reuse uncontaminated polystyrene removed from rehabilitated buildings and the scrap generated on new construction projects, helping our clients meet these LEED certification requirements.

MR Credit 3.1 & 3.2 – Materials Reuse: 5% or 10% (2 points possible)

Purpose: Use salvaged, refurbished or reused materials so the sum of these materials, based on cost, constitutes at least 5% (1 point) or 10% (2 points) of the total value of materials on the project to reduce demand for virgin material and to minimize generation of waste.

To achieve these LEED credits, PermaTherm's roof insulation is suitable for and is often reused in new roof systems at the end of the original roof system’s life.

MR Credit 4.1 & 4.2 – Recycled Content 10% or 20% (2 points possible)

Purpose: Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content of at least 10% (1 point) or 20% (2 points), thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

PermaTherm can provide sustainable building materials suitable for use in several different construction applications, with up to a 25% pre-consumer recycled content.

MR Credit 5.1 & 5.2 – Regional Materials (2 points possible - 1 point for 10% & 2 points for 20%)

Purpose: Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.

PermaTherm helps clients achieve these LEED certification requirements from some of its locations by providing products that include only components extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) of the total materials value.

Contact PermaTherm online for more information about LEED certified buildings. Our customer representatives are waiting to help you design high-performance building envelopes for your application.