In the materials selection process, builders seek to balance numerous product performance attributes, including durability, aesthetics and health, safety and environmental impacts. Transparency and life cycle thinking are central components of a robust materials selection process, one that enables builders to choose the most appropriate materials for their project.

The U.S. Green Building Council now offers an innovative LEED pilot credit, Integrative Analysis of Building Materials, to encourage building project teams to evaluate products and materials using available life cycle information to identify those that have positive environmental, health and safety impacts. The credit informs project team decisions by providing access to information shared by building materials manufacturers on their product’s life cycle impacts.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the role of chemistry in material specification and building construction.
  • Explain how the LEED Integrative Analysis pilot credit can help project teams specify products and materials based on lifecycle impacts.
  • Examine the requirements of the LEED pilot credit.
  • Identify the information required to complete a Building Materials Matrix.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of LEED and USGBC.