See below how Design Glass Solutions by Saint-Gobain can contribute to LEED V4 criteria: Building Life-cycle Impact Reduction.
To encourage adaptive reuse and optimize the environmental performance of products and materials.
Option 1 “Historic building reuse”: (5 points)
Maintain the existing building structure, envelope, and interior nonstructural elements of a historic building or contributing building in a historic district.
Option 2 “Renovation of abandoned or blighted building”: (5 points)
Maintain at least 50%, by surface area, of the existing building structure, enclosure, and interior structural elements for buildings that meet local criteria of abandoned or are considered blight.
Option 3 “Building and material reuse” (2–4 points)
Reuse or salvage building materials from off site or on site.
Option 4 “Whole-building life-cycle assessment”: (3 points)
For new construction (buildings or portions of buildings), conduct a life-cycle assessment of the project’s structure and enclosure that demonstrates a minimum of 10% reduction, compared with a baseline building. No impact category assessed as part of the life-cycle assessment may increase by more than 5% compared with the baseline building.
Read the detailed requirement for Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction
In order to conduct a full life cycle assessment at building level, it is necessary to have data at product level. For the past few years, we assess the environmental impacts of our products through the Life Cycle Analysis methodology that is compliant with international standards. Results are presented in the Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs) and currently, we have 20 EPDs covering more than 200 glazing configurations.
In addition, we are conducting an eco-innovation program to constantly improve the performance and sustainable design of our products, while reducing their environmental impacts at every stage of their life cycle. These two aspects are crucial in obtaining this LEED credit that requires achieving a 10% reduction in building impact.