Environmentally Friendly Materials-A Vital Component of LEED Certification

The industry standard for modern, green-building projects, LEED categories encompass everything from design to maintenance. The building materials used in the project are critical to obtaining certification in almost every category. At Davis Concrete, we offer an array of supplies that can help your design meet LEED category perquisites or qualify for the credits necessary to obtain LEED certification. These include:

Pervious Concrete

Pervious concrete is a porous building material that is ideal for use in environmentally friendly flatwork jobs. The materials porous nature allows water to seep beneath the surface of pervious concrete. The substrate (the material beneath the pervious concrete) is typically gravel or well-compacted, clean soil. When the water reaches the substrate below, it continues to flow/seep into the earth. This reduces both water accumulation and drainage problems on the surface.  Pervious concrete is ideal for large parking areas with little to no drainage. In some instances, expensive drainage systems such as retention ponds and underground reservoirs can be eliminated from the scope by laying pervious concrete. 

Depending on both the building site and design, pervious concrete can earn a developer points in a variety of LEED categories, including “Water Efficiency,” “Materials and Resources,”  “Sustainable Sites,” and “Innovation in Design.”  

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Insulating Concrete Forms

Insulating Concrete Forms, or ICFs, are permanent forms used as a substrate for walls, floors, and roofs. The forms are interlocking modular units that snap together. They are reinforced with various steel configurations and pumped solid with concrete. ICFs are strong, durable, and highly energy-efficient. These qualities can help a project earn LEED points in an array of categories, including “Sustainable Sites,” “Materials and Resources” and “Indoor Environmental Quality.”  

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The correct landscaping materials are essential when attempting to reduce watering, help drainage, and prevent erosion. Depending on the site and your needs, materials such as shell and river gravel can be used as groundcover. This can reduce the need to water foliage in vegetative areas. In parking areas and walkways, using gravel or shell can create better drainage and help prevent erosion. 

Learn more about our landscaping options and earning points toward LEED certification.

At Davis Concrete, we offer materials that will earn LEED certification points throughout your project. From your building’s foundation to its roof and from its walls to its landscape, our materials and know-how can help you earn the LEED certification you are looking for. Contact us today and let us help with your LEED strategies.