In a recent conversation with a laNeva Dealer, we discussed all different aspects of our production, environmental practices, future designs and how we might fit for a future project they were presenting. ' In the middle of that call, I was also asked if the tile that laNeva produces is LEED certified.
After the discussion, I got off the phone and did some research. I hadn't thought that LEED certifies products, but couldn't be sure. Manufacturers can have all sorts of 'environmental' certifications from various organizations, many of which cost buco-bucks and are akin to Organic Certification for a local CSA. The CSA might follow all the same organic practices, but it doesn't make economical sense for a small operation to pay for such an expensive certification.... but I digress.
As stated direct from the USGBC.org website:
Q: Can I get my product or service LEED certified?
A: USGBC does not certify, endorse or promote products, services or companies, nor do we track, list or report data related to products and their environmental qualities.
LEED is a certification system that deals with the environmental performance of buildings based on overall characteristics of the project. We do not award credits based on the use of particular products but rather upon meeting the performance standards set forth in our rating systems. It is up to project teams to determine which products are most appropriate for credit achievement and program requirements.
So, in an itty-bitty nutshell, that answer is no. laNeva Tile is not a LEED Certified product, nor is any other tile or any other building product. It is the entire construction project that could qualify for LEED Certification, to which the materials are only a small component.
To learn the basics of LEED, particularly LEED For Homes, watch this great overview video:
If you're interested in learning more about laNeva's environmental practices, see the Environmental Statement on our site, email or just call us.
While not all of our products are high on the recycled-content spectrum, we have others that are 100% recycled content. Plus, we're adding new products and refining our techniques all the time.
Your home/office/restaurant might just be nearby a production site for a specific laNeva Tile collection! And, a huge advantage to using tile is the long-term durability, simple maintenance and overall low life-cycle cost.