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Formulating for LEED in Building and Construction Adhesives

SpecialChem / Andy Extance – Jan 28, 2009

The LEED - Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - standard is increasingly being adopted in the US building industry. It provides accreditation for environmentally sustainable buildings that deliver benefits from efficient use of resources and improved health of the building's inhabitants. Studies1 suggest that an additional 2 percent initial investment in LEED can pay back more than ten times over during the building's life cycle. LEED and similar programs like Blue Angel in Germany set very particular standards for emission of volatile organic chemicals from adhesives.2 From these have sprung product certifications like Greenguard that ensure that accredited products are suitable for use in projects aiming for the broader standards.LEED schemes are available for new construction, existing buildings, commercial interiors, core-and-shell projects, homes, neighbourhood development, schools, and retail. The different versions have varied credit systems with all comprising basic non-scoring prerequisites and further benchmarks against which points are scored in six major categories.

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