LEED & WINDOW COVERING PRODUCTS
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a third party certification program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED provides building owners and operators with tools to have a measurable impact on their buildings performance. LEED was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a none-profit organization whose purpose is to promote sustainable design and construction.
In India LEED is managed by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
LEED specifications cover a broad range of environmental impact concerns including construction practices, the management of construction waste, energy used to source construction materials and the buildings use of resources such as energy, water, air and natural lighting. These are the design and construction elements. LEED also considers the buildings impact on its occupants through indoor air quality specifications, use of views to let nature in and overall health and comfort concerns. As part of ensuring a healthy environment for occupants, LEED considers potential chemical exposure through building materials content as well as the impact on the environment when those materials are ultimately disposed of. There are several levels of LEED Certifications (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum) and various certifications depending on a buildings primary use such as commercial office space, health care, schools, and residential.
So, where does LOUVERLINE BLINDS come in? One common misunderstanding is that the LEED program certifies products and we often receive request asking for a list of our certified products.
LEED certifies projects, not products.
However, as a manufacturer of finished sun protection products, LOUVERLINE uses technical fabrics like Enviroscreen & Silverscreen from Verosol, The Netherlands , the above roller blind fabrics are Re-cycleable, energy efficient, anti glare & also offer a outside view.
These specific performance / features are of great benefit to help designers and architects achieve certification. Certification is based on a points value system and points are awarded based on compliance to the various specifications for that level and type of certification.
Enviroscreen & Silverscreen can be used in the overall design of the building to achieve goals in energy usage by controlling solar heat gain, comfort goals by reducing glare and enhancing outward views and as a GREENGUARD Certified product, which address indoor air quality specifications. GREENGUARD is actually a recognized certification by LEED and a requirement in some levels of LEED certification.