All AVCON® products are 100% recyclable if they ever need to be removed & discarded. Furthermore, their aluminum railing systems are made using remelt/recycled metal. AVCON® products are manufactured for durability and long term use, eliminating the need for frequent replacement. AVCON® thermoplastic products NEVER need painting or finishing, therefore NEVER omits additional toxins into the environment. All AVCON® thermoplastic products are manufactured in the USA and raw materials are purchased locally, therefore no excessive transportation is used in making their products.
Ametco powder coating process is solvent free. The powder is formulated using finley ground pigments and resins with zero solvents resulting in a clean air finish and next to zero VOCs. The electrostatic powder to substrate process equates to very little overspray, of which 98% can be retrieved and reused. This would qualify for LEED points only if it is used indoors. Ametco is continuing to work on improving their product line. These changes may increase the LEED points your project can earn.
CertainTeed supports sustainable building and manufacturing practices with their comprehensive line of environmentally friendly fence, railing and deck products. CertainTeed fence, railing and deck is 99% recyclable and does not require chemical treatment or painting. CertainTeed's composite railing is made of 40-75% recycled material, and the vinyl products contain at least 10% internally recycled material. In addition, CertainTeed products feature a long life span and low maintenance, which helps to conserve natural resources.
Yes, Vinyl IS Green. Aside from having No Deck or Roof (which uses NO products, consumes NO energy, and creates NO landfill waste or need to recycle), Duradek is your GREEN choice for Outdoor Waterproof Flooring. When compared to products that perform the SAME function, consider the following: PVC's one-step application and longevity compare favorably to the multiple application and reapplication requirements of liquid-applied systems, saving many trips to the job, which in turn consumes less energy. As a waterproof roof or deck, compared to alternatives, DURADEK IS THE GREENER CHOICE!
Forms+Surfaces are active participants in green building councils worldwide and current members of the U.S. Green Building Council, Emirates Green Building Council and Green Building Alliance. Lead by a sustainability team that stays up-to-date on evolving International building standards, their involvement will continue to grow as needs arise and new opportunities for staying at the forefront of environmental stewardship are identified. Recycling programs have been implemented in all of Forms+Surfaces facilities, maximizing landfill diversion. Additionally, over ninety percent of their site furniture product lines are now manufactured with FSC certified wood as the standard. This certification serves as a guarantee that the wood has been harvested in an environmentally and socially sustainable way. Forms+Surfaces goal is to convert all site products to FSC certified wood as the standard by the end of 2009.
S.I. Storey Lumber Company believes their practices are sound and environmentally friendly. Most of their employees live near where they work or have multi-generational ties to the area in which they operate. The company grew up here and still lives here. This is their neighborhood and they take pride in that. They take care of their surroundings and believe in the product they produce. One of the advantages of wood is that it is the best insulator of all structural building materials, with millions of tiny air cells trapped within its cellular structure providing a barrier against heat and cold. An inch of wood is 15 times as efficient an insulator as concrete, 400 times as efficient as steel, and 1,770 times as efficient as aluminum. So, homes and other buildings built with wood require far less energy to heat and cool, thus conserving fossil fuels and coal. Another benefit of using wood is that it is reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable.
TimberTech has the perfect balance of quality and sustainability. TimberTech decking, railing and fencing products are an attractive, low-maintenance alternative to wood and a one-time purchase for most homeowners. Since TimberTech products will not splinter or warp and don’t require any staining or sealing, the wasteful cycle of repair and replacement typical of wood is dramatically reduced. TimberTech creates products with the environment in mind. No trees are cut down for the purpose of making TimberTech products. Their wood flour is recycled from the woodworking industry and keeps more than 100 million pounds of wood waste out of landfills each year. More than 28 million pounds of scrap product is reclaimed and put back into their manufacturing process each year, which saves even more wood and plastic waste from reaching landfills. TimberTech is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council.
65% Recycled Content - VIVA Railings is proud to offer LEED Material & Resources Credits 4.1 and 4.2 for your LEED Certified projects. All stainless steel products by VIVA Railings, LLC contain a minimum of 65% pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content, with a minimum post-consumer recycled content of 25%.