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CERAMICA SANT'AGOSTINO FOR LEED

LEED credits give all the operators in the field the necessary instruments to objectively calculate the building impact in terms of environmental sustainability. The system is based on a credit rating for each requirement regarding a building eco-compatibility. The credit sum determines the certification level achieved, which also contributes to increase the building competitive level on the real estate market. CSA products give a very good performance on the requirements of LEED certifications. Our production uses a percentage of recycled material above 20% (pre-consumer material). No toxic substance is released, no contribution to heath island effect is caused, and production is carried out in factories with environmental management system.

LEED CREDITS OBTAINABLE THROUGH USE OF CERAMICA SANT’AGOSTINO PRODUCTS

LEED NC (New Constructions) (Analysis based on Leed 2009 USGBC rules )

SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect – Nonroof (1 point)
SS Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect – Roof (1 point)
MR Credit 1.2: Building Reuse 50% Interior (1 point)
MR Credit 2.1: Construction Waste Management 50% (1 point)
MR Credit 2.2: Contruction Waste Management 75% (1 point)
MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content 10% (1 point)
MR Credit 4.2: Recycled Content 20% (1 point)
MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials 10% (1 point)
MR Credit 5.2: Regional Material 20% (1 point)
EA Prereq 2: Minimum Energy Performance
EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance (1-19 points)
EQ Credit 4.1: Low Emitting Materials – Adesive & Sealants (1 point)
EQ Credit 4.2: Low Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems (1 point)
ID Credits: Innovation in Design (1-5 points)

LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) (Analysis based on Leed 2009 USGBC rules)

MR Credit 1.2a: Building Reuse 40% (1 point)
MR Credit 1.2b: Building Reuse 60% (1 point)
MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content 10% (1 point)
MR Credit 4.2: Recycled Content 20% (1 point)
MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials 10% (1 point)
MR Credit 5.2: Regional Material 20% (1 point)
EQ Credit 4.1: Low Emitting Materials – Adesive & Sealants (1 point)
EQ Credit 4.2: Low Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems (1 point)
ID Credits: Innovation in Design (1-5 points)

LEED EB (Existing Buildings) (Analysis based on Leed 2009 USGBC rules)

SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect – Nonroof (1 point)
SS Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect – Roof (1 point)



Further information on the LEED system
LEED NC (New Constructions) (Analysis based on Leed 2009 USGBC rules )

SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect – Nonroof (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED EB

Intent
To reduce the heat island effect (thermal gradient differences between developed and underdeveloped areas) to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats.

Requirements
Option 1
Use any combinations of the following strategies for 50% of the site hardscape (included roads, sidewalks, courtyards and parking lots)
  • Shade (within 5 years from installation)
  • Flooring materials with solar reflectance index (SRI) of at least 29
  • Open-grid pavement systems
Or

Option 2
Place a minimum of 50% parking spaces under cover (defined as ground, under deck, under roof of under building). Every roof used to shade or cover parking lots must have a SRI of at least 29.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
The Certifications proving the solar reflectance index of the product chosen is available on request.

SS Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect – Roof (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED EB

Intent
To reduce the heat island effect (thermal gradient differences between developed and underdeveloped areas) to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats.

Requirements
Option 1
Use roofing materials with SRI equal to or greater than the values in the table below for a minimum of 75#37; of the roof surface.



ROOF TYPE SLOPE SRI
LOW-SLOPED ROOF <=2:12 78
HIGH-SLOPED ROOF >2:12 29


Or
Option 2
Install a vegetated roof that covers at least 50% of the roof area.

Or
Option 3
Install high solar reflectance surfaces or vegetated roofs that, in combination, meet the following criteria: (Area roof meeting minimum SRI/0.75) + (Area of vegetated roof /0.5) ≥ Total Roof Area.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
The Certifications proving the solar reflectance index of the product chosen is available on request.

MR Credit 1.2: Building Reuse 50% Interior (1 point)

Intent
To extend the lifecycle of existing building stock, conserve resources and existing architectural style, reduce waste and environmental impacts on new buildings as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

Requirements
Use existing interior nonstructural elements (e.g. interior walls, doors, floor coverings and ceiling system) in at least 50% (by area) of completed building, including addictions. If the project includes an addiction with square footage more than 2 times the square footage of the existing building, this credit is not applicable.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles can contribute to the credit when used to cover existing floors and walls. You can thus renovate surfaces and structures in a simple an ecological way and save expensive building works. Moreover the flexibility and design of Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles besides preserving and increase the lifecycle of existing areas where they are laid, contribute to enhance the building value thanks to their unquestionable stylistic and technical value.

MR Credit 2.1: Construction Waste Management 50% (1 point)

Intent
To avoid that construction and demolition debris are taken to landfills and incineration facilities. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process and take reusable material to appropriate waste collection sites.

Requirements
Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris. Develop and implement a construction waste management plan that identifies the materials not to be diverted from disposal and that determines whether the materials will be sorted on-site or co-mingled. Calculation can be done by weight or volume, but must be consistent throughout.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino products can be considered reusable materials, in fact in case of demolition the tiles can be used as inert material for foundations, as fill materials, embankments. In this way Ceramica Sant’Agostino products can be wholly reused, thus contributing to reach the LEED credit.

MR Credit 2.2: Contruction Waste Management 75% (1 point)

Intent
Avoid that construction, demolition and soil cleaning waste are thrown into landfills or incinerators. Reintroduce recyclable materials in the production cycle again and take reusable materials to waste collection disposal sites.

Requirements
Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% of nonhazardous construction and demolition debris. Develop and implement a construction waste management plan that identifies the materials not to be diverted from disposal and whether the materials will be sorted on-site or co-mingled. Excavation soil and yard waste form soil cleaning do not contribute to this credit. Calculation can be done by weight or volume, but must be consistent throughout.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino products can be considered reusable materials, in fact in case of demolition the tiles can be used as inert material for foundations, as fill materials, embankments. In this way Ceramica Sant’Agostino products can be wholly reused, thus contributing to reach the LEED credit.

MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content 10% (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED CI

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Intent
To increase the demand for building products that incorporate recycled materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Requirements
Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of postconsumer recycled content plus 1/2 of preconsumer content constitutes at least 10#37; (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project. The recycled content value of a material assembly is determined by weight. The recycled fraction assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino products have a certified precomsumer content of recycled material above 20#37;, therefore they can contribute to obtain the percentage required by the credit.

MR Credit 4.2: Recycled Content 20% (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED CI
Intent
To increase the demand for building products that incorporate recycled materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Requirements
Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of postconsumer recycled content plus 1/2 of preconsumer content constitutes at least 20#37; (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project. The recycled content value of a material assmbley is determined by weight. The recycled fraction assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino floor tiles (wall tiles do not contribute to the score in this credit) have a certified preconsumer content of recycled material above 20%, therefore they can contribute to obtain the percentage required by the credit.

MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials 10% (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED CI

Intent
To increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources, and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements
Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles (804,5 km) of the project site for a minimum of 10#37; (based on the cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted, harvested, or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) can contribute to the regional value.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino floor tiles (wall tiles do not contribute to the score in this credit) are made with 50% materials deriving from European mines, so they contribute by 50% of their economic value to reach the score required for this credit.

MR Credit 5.2: Regional Material 20% (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED CI

Intent
To increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources, and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

Requirements
Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles (804,5 km) of the project site for a minimum of 10#37; (based on the cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product or material is extracted, harvested, or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) can contribute to the regional value.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino floor tiles (wall tiles do not contribute to the score in this credit) are made with 50% materials deriving from European mines, so they contribute by 50% of their economic value to reach the score required for this credit.

EA Prereq 2: Minimum Energy Performance

Intent
To establish the minimum level of energy efficiency for the proposed building and systems.

Requirements
The building project must comply with:
  • the “mandatory provisions” (Sections 5.4, 6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 9.4, 10.4) in Standard ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004 ;
  • the “Prescriptive Requirements” (Sections 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 9.5) or the “performance requirements” (Section 11) in Standard ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004;


The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles are low thermal conductivity materials. From the data reported in the literature you can deduct the following reference values:
0,6 - 0,7 Wm-1 K-1, for tiles with porous structure (water absorption higher than 6#37;) [double fired]
1,0 - 1,3 Wm-1 K-1, for tiles with compact structure (water absorption lower than 1#37;) [porcelain]
Since these are low thermal conductivity materials, Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles have insulating power, therefore they contribute to energy saving of the building.

EA Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance (1-19 points)

Intent
To achieve increasing levels of energy performance beyond the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.

Requirements
Demonstrate a percentage improvement in the proposed building performance rating compared with the baseline building performance rating, through a simulation model of the whole building using the Building Performance Rating Method, reported in Appendix G of the rule ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004. The points are attributed according to energy saved for the global building working (energy simulation).

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles are low thermal conductivity materials. From the data reported in the literature you can deduct the following reference values:
0,6 - 0,7 Wm-1 K-1, for tiles with porous structure (water absorption higher than 6#37;) [double fired]
1,0 - 1,3 Wm-1 K-1, for tiles with compact structure (water absorption lower than 1#37;) [porcelain]
Since these are low thermal conductivity materials, Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles have insulating power, therefore they contribute to energy saving of the building.

EQ Credit 4.1: Low Emitting Materials – Adesive & Sealants (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED CI

Intent
To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Requirements
All adhesives and sealants used in the building interior and applied on-site must meet the requirements of the following reference standards:
  • Adhesives, Sealants and primer Sealants: South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule #1168.


The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino product do not have any VOC (volatile organic compound). Besides they can be laid with low VOC content adhesives as indicated on the general catalogue and the section LAYING AND MAINTENANCE

EQ Credit 4.2: Low Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems (1 point) Same contribution also for LEED CI
Intent
To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

Requirements
Paints and coatings used on the interior of the building and applied on-site must comply with the following criteria:
  • Paints, coatings and primers must meet the Green Seal Standard GS-11, Paints. First Edition, May 20th, 1993.
  • Anti-corrosive and anti-rust paints applied to interior ferrous metal substrates must meet the Green Seal Standard GC-03, Anti-corrosive Paints, second Edition, Januaru 7th, 1997.
  • Clear wood finishes, floor coatings, stains, primers and shellacs must meet the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Rule 1113, Architectural Coating, rules in effect on January 1st, 2004.


The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino product do not have any VOC (volatile organic compound). Download the certification by Centro Ceramico on all our products.

ID Credits: Innovation in Design (1-5 points) Same contribution also for LEED CI

Intent
To provide design teams and architects with the opportunity to achieve exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.

Requirements
Option 1
Demonstrate that one or more parameter proving the achievement of one or more LEED point has been widely exceeded if not doubled.
Option 2
Demonstrate that the use of construction technologies, spending strategies and technologically innovative products allow to increase the environmental performance of the project.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Most Ceramica Sant’Agostino products have one or more certification of Ecological product fit for green housing, like ANAB or ECOLABEL. These certifications, guaranteed by an external board, attest the unquestionable green vocation of the products and their contribution to increasing the project ecological performance.

LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) (Analysis based on Leed 2009 USGBC rules)

MR Credit 1.2a: Building Reuse 40% (1 point)
Intent
To extend the lifecycle of existing building stock, conserve resources and existing architectural style, reduce waste and environmental impacts on new buildings as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

Requirements
Use existing interior nonstructural elements (interior walls, doors, floor coverings and ceiling systems) in at least 40#37; (by area) of the completed building, including addictions.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles can contribute to the credit when used to cover existing floors and walls. You can thus renovate surfaces and structures in a simple an ecological way and save expensive building works. Moreover the flexibility and design of Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles besides preserving and increase the lifecycle of existing areas where they are laid, contribute to enhance the building value thanks to their unquestionable stylistic and technical value.

MR Credit 1.2b: Building Reuse 60% (1 point)
Intent
To extend the lifecycle of existing building stock, conserve resources and existing architectural style, reduce waste and environmental impacts on new buildings as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

Requirements
Use existing interior nonstructural elements (interior walls, doors, floor coverings and ceiling systems) in at least 60#37; (by area) of the completed building, including addictions.

The contribution of Ceramica Sant’Agostino products
Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles can contribute to the credit by using them to cover existing floors and walls, thus renewing surfaces and structures in a simple and ecological way while avoiding expensive building works. Furthermore the versatility and design of Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiles, besides preserving and increasing the lifecycle of the existing areas, contribute to enhance the value of the building thanks to their unquestionable stylistic and technical prestige.
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