LEED is a voluntary rating system that is intended to guide building owners/developers toward constructing buildings that minimize their environmental impact. LEED certification can be achieved at a Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level based on how many of the 110 LEED Credits are awarded after a project meets eight LEED Prerequisites. The LEED 2009 NC Rating System divides these credits and prerequisites into seven credit categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation in Design
- Regional Priority
The National Ready-Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) has published a comprehensive LEED reference guide that explains how ready-mixed concrete can help design and construction professionals to maximize LEED credits. The Portland Cement Association has also published a brief overview of LEED on its website.
Prairie has developed a number of green products that can help owners, developers, designers and construction companies earn LEED points, including:
- StormHandler™ pervious concrete
- Redi-Fill™ flowable fill
- Recycled concrete for base and some mix designs
- Mix designs for concrete paving
- Mix designs for Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
Contact Prairie's Green Building Team to discuss the ways that Prairie's products can help you gain LEED points on your project.