LEED and ceramics: a sustainable pairing

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Italian ceramics assist in obtaining LEED credits to add value to eco-sustainable buildings.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an international standard for the design, construction and operation of sustainable buildings. This system, developed by the United States Green Building Council and adopted in more than 140 countries worldwide, including Italy, aims to encourage the construction of energy-efficient structures with less environmental impact and a higher level of comfort for occupants. The choice of construction materials plays a crucial role in this context, and ceramics have emerged as a factor for achieving LEED credits and improving a project’s sustainability.

LEED certification functions through a system of credits awarded in proportion to the sustainable practices adopted during a building’s design and construction. The aspects considered include energy efficiency, water management, the materials and resources used, the quality of the indoor environment and the level of design innovation.

Thanks to their unique characteristics, ceramics can help to earn a significant number of LEED credits. This versatile material is well known to be durable, tough and easy to care for, factors which reduce the need for frequent replacements and minimise waste. Tiles are free from harmful substances and do not emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds, chemicals which are bad for our health) and are able to combat the heat island effect in densely urban areas, improving comfort levels for the people who use them.
Ceramics and stoneware, produced in a cycle in which 100% of scrap is recovered, are materials which have low environmental impact throughout their long lifecycle, thanks to their durability and recyclability.

The LEED scheme is one of the most authoritative forms of certification for buildings that embrace sustainable design and actively contribute to a more environmentally-aware future.