Rigidized® metals are design-strengthened to last. Long before “sustainability” and “green building” terms were coined, Architects, Designers and Engineers were specifying Rigidized® for two main reasons:
Leed® Credits and Rigidized® Metals
The United States Green Building Design Council created the Leed® program to define a set of national standards for sustainable building design. Leed® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Points and credits are awarded for construction materials and building features that meet Leed® criteria.
Materials & Resources – Credit 4: Recycled Content
The Recycled Content Credit is intended to encourage the use of materials that contain recycled content. A vast majority of the metals that we transform are steel and aluminum. Both materials have high levels of recycled content and are 100% recyclable. Rigidized® materials have significant recycled content that contribute to Credit 4 under Materials & Resources.
Throughout the stainless steel industry, it is widely accepted that any given “heat” of stainless will be composed of the following materials:
It’s noteworthy that recycled content percentages reflect the long life-cycle and worldwide demand for stainless.*Source: Specialty Steel Industry of North America
Aluminum is recycled extensively from both post-consumer and post-industrial sources and provides the most valuable component for most municipal recycling efforts. A recent survey indicated that the recycled content of domestically produced flat rolled products for building and construction market was approximately 80-85%**
**Source: Metal Construction Association
Materials & Resources – Credit 5 Regional Manufacture
The Regional Manufacture Credit is intended to encourage the use of building materials that are manufactured within the region of the project. Under the LEED® rating system, projects within 500 miles of our east cost manufacturing plant can qualify for this credit.