Legrand Releases Product Guide to Assist With Certification Goals

Legrand North America has announced the release of the LEED with Legrand Product Guide. The 16-page guide provides architects, specifying engineers, designers and building owners with an overview of Legrand products that contribute toward LEED certification.
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 sustainable design. Legrand is a platinum member of the USGBC.
The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmental actions taken during construction and use of a building. The LEED with Legrand Product Guide provides an overview of Legrand products that have the potential to contribute points toward LEED certification. Sections within the guide address the Credit Categories of Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. Electrical and networking infrastructure products can play a role towards earning certification, but are overlooked.
Building owners seek transparency from manufacturers to understand the environmental impact of products. Legrand recognizes the need to understand how the manufacturing process, product design, material selection, and supplier relationships can work together to create sustainable products.
“We build sustainability into our products and systems to enable performance buildings,” says Susan Rochford, VP, energy efficiency, sustainability and public policy, Legrand North America. “LEED is a building performance mechanism available on the market. This guide is a resource for our customers to understand the electrical products in sustainable buildings as well as how Legrand can help them meet their sustainability needs.”
The LEED rating system awards points for a project’s ability to meet the criteria, such as energy reduction and use of materials with recycled content. The number of points earned determines the certification level of the project: certified, silver, gold, or platinum. Manufacturers play a role in the ability of projects to achieve these points by developing and supplying products that contribute to the intent of the credits.
Proper design of a building’s power, light, data and A/V infrastructure can contribute to energy savings and occupant comfort and productivity. Successful implementation occurs when these needs are addressed early in the design and construction process to ensure the space will meet the changing needs of the built environment and continue to meet its goals for years to come.
“As we have worked to anticipate and understand the forces reshaping the built environment, we have gained a foundation of information and experience in high performance buildings. We invite everyone to explore this knowledge base through our ongoing series of whitepapers and reports,” states Rochford.
Legrand is a U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plant Challenge Partner; an ally member of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and an associate member of the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency to achieve a healthy economy, a clean environment and energy security.
The LEED with Legrand Product Guide can be downloaded at http://www.legrand.us/~/media/brands/sustainability/resources/supporting-documents/sustainability-doc_leed.ashx.
Additional tools and resources regarding the high performance building landscape can be downloaded here.

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