Construction Canada Article: Steel Products and LEED v4: What design professionals need to know

Agway Metals Guelph Ems
Located in Southwestern Ontario, the Guelph South End Emergency Services building received a silver rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Its use of steel includes panels on the roof in light pewter and on the walls in charcoal.

Construction Canada published an article in their November 2016 issue titled Steel Products and LEED v4: What design professionals need to know

As of October 31, 2016, LEEDv4 has officially come into effect and there are many changes from the previous version. This article details all of the new changes to LEED and the ways that steel products can be used to earn points. The article discusses each of the sections of LEED that steel can contribute including points in:

  • Sustainable Sites credits,
  • Energy and Atmosphere credits, and
  • Materials and Resources credits.
The North American steel industry provides resources to help building professionals earn LEED v4 certification. In particular, the industry has been working to develop a complete list of available EPDs for steel building products. The steel-industry EPDs are more comprehensive than those of some other building materials, creating an all-encompassing view of each product’s environmental impacts.

Click here to read the full article or visit our page on LEEDv4 for more information.