LEED Certification is Good for Everyone

Shouldice Designer Stone manufactures stone products that support the principles of LEED with raw materials, production, life cycle costing and performance. The benefits of additional durability, design and economic efficiency are an integral component in every piece of Shouldice Designer Stone.

What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate the energy and environmental performance of buildings and encourage market transformation to sustainable design.

Sustainability & LEED

Shouldice Designer Stone has a long history of dedication to sustainability, conservation and the environment in general. This commitment manifests itself in virtually all aspects of our operations from local sourcing of raw materials, the production process itself and the unending effort to find new and better ways to reduce, recycle and reuse.

Shouldice Designer Stone uses aggregate that is a recycled, post-industrial material or product from manufacture, as categorized in LEED Materials and Resources (MR) Credit 4, supplied by local reserves in our region.

All products are manufactured at our facility in Shallow Lake, Ontario, a rural environment with little, if any, impact on surrounding lands. The MR Credit 5 applies based on regional raw material sources and manufacturing procedures. The trucking distance of the concrete, sand, limestone screenings, cement and additional ingredients is 16 km or less from our production facilities. The major North American markets for Shouldice stone are within 500 miles by road or 1,500 miles by rail.

The aggregate to manufacture our products is extracted from two local sites. These local reserves are some of the most natural and pure deposits in the world, a guarantee of consistent quality wherever the stone is used.

Units of manufacture from Shouldice Designer Stone include percentages of two defined products for material inclusion. The following confirmation relates to these individual materials in overall composition of a typical product mix design. Post-consumer at 8% & Pre-consumer at 12%. The product’s recycled content from pre-consumer and post-consumer can help contribute to achieving LEED MR Credit 4.1 & 4.2.

Shouldice Designer Stone initiated the research and development of its stone profiles in the early 1980s. The unique stone profiles document the exclusive composition, processing and manufacturing procedures. All manufactured Shouldice Designer Stone profiles replicate and replace natural stone materials for aesthetic impact and a lifetime of performance.

The replacement of natural stone with manufactured Shouldice stone minimizes natural stone requirements and future quarry extraction operations.

Virtually all process wastes are recycled back into the process. Waste heat from the kilns is used to dry and heat aggregate throughout the winter months.

Shouldice Designer Stone masonry units are manufactured and tested to exceed code standards of the current ASTM & CSA A 165 Serie-14 for concrete masonry units.

The key top 10 LEED benefits realized are:

  1. The mass factor for energy performance(EA) Credit 1
  2. Construction waste management (MR) Credits 2.1 and 2.2
  3. Recycled content (MR) Credits 4.1 and 4.2
  4. Local/regional material use (MR) Credits 5.1 and 5.2
  5. Durable building (MR) Credit 8
  6. Flexible by design (ID) Credit 1.x
  7. Fire resistance (ID) Credit 1.x
  8. Buildings with minimal maintenance (ID) Credit 1.x
  9. Resource protection (ID) Credit 1.x
  10. Designed for disassembly (ID) Credit 1.x

Shouldice Designer Stone is proud of both its environmental performance and its contribution to the construction industry’s efforts to develop, build and sustain a greener world.