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Steel Industry Releases Guide to LEED v4 Certification

Parul Dubey on November 9, 2017 - in Buildings, Featured, Structural components

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) has released a guide to using steel construction products for the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. The guide, “LEED v4 for Steel Products Used in Construction Applications,” will help construction professionals understand how steel products can earn points toward LEED v4 certification.


“A rapidly-evolving green building industry and increasing demand for sustainability have led to a number of updates and a more rigorous certification process in LEED v4,” said Mark Thimons, Vice President, Sustainability for SMDI. “The new process places an increased focus on material and resource transparency. This new guide for steel construction products will help builders leverage steel’s sustainability benefits to meet their certification goals.”


Steel has always been well-positioned for credits in categories like recycled content, but LEED v4 offers even more opportunities to earn credits for steel use, across a range of categories, such as:

  • Materials and Resources

Steel-intensive design truly excels in this category, which focuses on minimizing the embodied energy and other impacts associated with the extraction, processing, transport, maintenance and disposal of building materials. The requirements are designed to support a life-cycle approach that improves performance and promotes resource efficiency. 

  • Energy and Atmosphere

This category approaches energy from a holistic perspective, addressing energy use reduction, energy-efficient design strategies and renewable energy sources. Steel framing can provide the building block for truly energy-efficient designs, while steel cladding products can help create exceptionally tight building envelopes. Additionally, steel roofing provides an excellent platform for photovoltaic systems to earn Energy and Atmosphere credits.

  • Sustainable Sites

Construction professionals can earn Sustainable Sites points by using steel roofing products to reduce heat island effects and prefabricated steel products to reduce onsite construction times.


The guide is available for download at www.steelsustainability.org/construction/leedv4.aspx.


AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. 


SMDI increases and defends the use of steel by developing innovative materials, applications and value-added solutions for customers in the automotive, construction and packaging markets. SMDI investors include: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA, Nucor Corporation and SSAB Americas. The Steel Recycling Institute is a business unit of SMDI.  For more information, visit www.buildusingsteel.org or follow us on Twitter @BuildUsingSteel.


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