Chantilly, VA (PRWEB)September 01, 2015
Decorative concrete has become widely recognized as an efficient and cost-effective method for beautifying both indoor and outdoor spaces. Sundek of Washington has announced that decorative concrete can also be used to qualify for LEED credits. As sustainable building has grown in demand, the decorative concrete industry has worked diligently to develop products suitable for the green building trend while also giving homeowners, designers, and architects numerous options for including colorful, unique elements into their designs. Now, it is also possible earn LEED credits at the same time.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED serves as an internationally recognized green building certification system. As such, it provides third-party verification that a community or building was designed and constructed using techniques intended to improve performance across important metrics, such as water efficiency, energy savings, improved indoor environmental quality, CO2 emissions reduction, and sensitivity to the impact of building on natural resources. Due to its flexible nature, LEED can be used for both new construction as well as retrofitting existing buildings. Each of the five key categories of LEED features specific, measurable tasks. Those tasks must be met in order to be awarded LEED credits. Higher LEED rankings are achieved by attaining more points. In order to qualify for a minimum LEED certification, projects must attain 40 points out of a possible 100 points.
Decorative concrete can be used to obtain a direct impact for LEED certification in several categories. Each of those areas is worth 1 LEED point. General Manager of Sundek of Washington Bob Miller states: "One of the ways in which decorative concrete can be used to attain LEED credits is through Building Reuse by maintaining 75 percent of existing walls, floors, and roof. Decorative concrete finishes have become extremely popular in renovation and retrofit applications for this very reason." Such decorative finishes that can indirectly benefit LEED categories include stains, microtoppings, stampable overlays, and vertical stampable wall overlays.
Homeowners, designers, and architects who are looking to earn LEED credits will find that decorative concrete can be a great way to earn credits while also providing a number of other benefits.
To learn more about decorative concrete, visit http://www.sundekofwashington.com.
About Sundek of Washington: Comprised of a team of expert technicians, Sundek of Washington offers a variety of decorative concrete solutions and can assist property owners in learning more about eco-friendly options.