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Meeting & Exceeding LEED Ratings with Insulated Concrete Forming Systems

TF Forming Systems Insulated Concrete System is LEED rated by the US Green Building Council.

TF Forming Systems goes beyond the conventional guidelines of being green. Exemplified by our latest design, TransForm, we don't believe in simply meeting LEED ratings but reaching beyond them with sensible approaches. The majority of both ThermoForm and TransForm systems are made from recycled materials, in fact, 76.5% of ThermoForm is recycled material by weight.  TF helps you meet LEED guidelines with ease, but we have a much bigger aim: to be at the forefront of technologies in energy efficiency and to lead the industry to a sustainable model.

Learn more about LEED and ICF compatibility here. 

About LEED 

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation toward sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally- friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building. LEED was launched in an effort to develop a “consensus-based, market-driven rating system to accelerate the development and implementation of green building practices.” The program is not rigidly structured; not every project must meet identical requirements to qualify.

These LEED Products are Currently Available: 

  1. LEED - v3.0 for New Construction and Major Renovations
  2. LEED - for Homes
  3. LEED - for Core and Shell
  4. LEED – for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
  5. LEED – for Commercial Interiors
  6. LEED - for Schools
  7. LEED - for Retail
  8. LEED - for Healthcare
  9. LEED - for Neighborhood Development (in pilot stage)

Detailed information on the LEED program and project certification process is available from USGBC.The program outlines the intent, requirements, technologies, and strategies for meeting each credit. Credits are broken down into individual points. A building requires at least 40 points for certification in LEED-NC v3.0. Silver, gold, and platinum levels are also available.

LEED Certification Levels

  • Certified 40 - 49 Points
  • Silver 50 - 59 Points
  • Gold 60 - 79 Points
  • Platinum 80-110 Points

How Does TF Forming Systems Help Me Achieve LEED Certification?

Using TF Forming System wall systems can help increase the number of points awarded to a building in the LEED system. The following areas provide suggestions for earning LEED-NC v3 points through the use of TransForm. The credit categories and the credit numbers are those in the LEED rating system. Points must be documented according to LEED procedures in order to be earned. The USGBC website, contains a downloadable “letter template” that greatly simplifies the documentation requirements for LEED v3.0.

Note: please consult with a design professional during the design phase to ensure that all sustainable features you are interested in incorporating are covered under the LEED program.

For information on LEED CREDITS AND POINTS, Click here...



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