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August 16, 2018
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LEED is an Emerging Design Parameter

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.

LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.

Stainless Steel: the GREEN material

The natural recycling properties of stainless steel make it a great choice for Green countertops and sinks.

SpecialtyStainless.com utilizes 100% recyclable stainless steel in our fabricating process. All metal scrap that we produce, including stainless steel, is recycled.

The following resources assist in showing how stainless steel is truly a Green material.
  • Stainless Steel The Green Material
    Designer Handbook by the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA).
  • Recycled for lasting value
    In under four minutes, this video shows stainless steel as a champion of recycling, with around 90% of end-of-life stainless steel being collected and recycled into new stainless steel – without loss of quality. Durability and recyclability are two of the key contributions which stainless steel makes to sustainability.
    Source: International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF)
  • Self-repairing for lasting value: Passivation
    An entertaining, easy-to-understand explanation of the phenomenon of passivation, which is the reason for the corrosion resistance properties of stainless steel.
    Source: International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF)
  • Stainless Steel in the Home
    A flash presentation describing the advantages of using stainless steel over other materials.
    Source: International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF)
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