Hanson Brick & Tile has launched a new Web tool designed to help builders and architects identify brick and roof tile that qualifies as a regional material in the LEED-NC Materials and Resources category. Users enter the zip or postal code of a project into the plant locator, which is located on the Hanson Brick and Hanson Roof Tile Web sites, to find the distance from Hanson plants in the region. LEED-NC deems materials regional if they are shipped to project sites within 500 miles of the manufacturing and extraction facility.
“Because Hanson plants and extraction sites are distributed across eight states and two Canadian provinces, our clay and limestone brick and concrete roof tile are intrinsically regional building materials in much of North America,” said Patrick Kelly, a LEED Accredited Professional with Hanson who oversees the company’s technical support and quality control in the North region. “Using Hanson products may boost the average percentage of regional materials used on a project, and our new tool is an easy way for builders and architects to explore LEED points possibilities in cladding and roofing.”
To earn points in the Materials and Resources category, LEED projects must tally all materials delivered to the project site and take the percentage of each material (based on cost) that is regional in content. If the total average is more than 10 percent, a project can earn one point; an average over 20 percent scores two points.