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Looking for sustainable products to specify in your next green building project? CADdetails has uncovered the latest in green building products and environmentally friendly design practices developed to support architects, builders, building owners and designers in their efforts to build and maintain sustainable sites. Follow the links below to learn about CADdetails.com SpecGREEN manufacturers and how the green products they offer may contribute towards the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of your next commercial or residential building or interior design.


Amvic Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) is an excellent green building alternative. The polypropylene webs are placed 6” vs. 8” o/c, allowing most cut-off pieces to be re-used which can result in less than 1% construction waste compared to 6%. The webs are also manufactured using 100% recycled polypropylene making the product over 60% recycled material by weight. Amvic ICF structures also require 30-50% less energy to heat and cool, improve indoor air quality and require less maintenance over time. In addition, Amvic recently conducted an industry leading third party LEED Product Assessment which proved that using Amvic ICF can result in up to 28 points!


BuildBlock Building Systems Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) can help your construction project attain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Green Building status. BuildBlock ICFs are a clear choice for building designers to maximize points in the LEED rating system.


Because Fox Blocks’ parent company, Airlite Plastics, is making plastic products for multiple industries, there is a constant supply of first-generation recycled material. This material moves within our own facilities, reducing costs and making for a smaller carbon foot print. The resulting insulated foam and plastic ties are of a higher quality and have greater consistency. At Airlite Plastics, there are a large number of machine presses molding plastic products to specific tolerances. Anything that does not meet the specification for the different product specifications is set aside and designated as usable plastic waste (scrap) to be recycled. None of this plastic scrap leaves the plant, so there is ZERO plastic landfill contribution. These out-of-spec products are transferred under the same roof to the Recycling Area. While at the recycling station, the plastic scrap is mechanically ground into flakes, pelletized, and then put through a proprietary process to be remanufactured. This 1st generation recycled plastic is then transferred to the production machine presses to mold Fox Blocks ICF plastic webs and corner brackets. These fresh molded webs and corner brackets are then delivered to the EPS Division plant, on site, for placement into the foam molds that produce finished Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms. This internal recycling process dramatically lowers the overall ICF manufacturing carbon footprint because there are minimal transportation costs, as everything is performed on site. So, Fox Blocks not only contributes to sustainability by constructing long-last buildings resilient to extreme weather events, we support sustainability and recycling in our manufacturing processes.


Mapes glazing and extruded aluminum products can perform at higher levels beyond the scope of the standards in the LEED rating system. In such cases, project teams have several options when specifying Mapes high performance architectural systems, including a request for a Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR) from the USGBC Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee. Another strategy is to document the exemplary performance of Mapes assemblies from a whole building design perspective in the LEED Innovation in Design credit category.