Green/LEED Information

Green Building Information for Architectural Panel Products

For over 50 years, Laminators Incorporated has manufactured high-quality composite panels for use in commercial construction as well as the sign-making industries. Our products are manufactured in Hatfield, Pa., and are used throughout the U.S. and Canada. We are committed to manufacturing and providing environmentally friendly and sustainable products to our customers.

All of our wall panel products contain recycled content, with some having as much as 70% total recycled content, which may help projects earn points in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. While there are various LEED rating systems, Laminators' products are most applicable within the LEED for New Construction and LEED for Schools Rating Systems.

LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC)

The LEED for New Construction Rating System is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects that have less of an impact on the environment, are healthier for those who work and/or live in the building, and are more profitable than their conventional counterparts.

LEED for Schools

Based on the LEED for New Construction rating system, the LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools.

LEED is a performance-oriented rating system where building projects earn points for satisfying criterion designed to address specific environmental impacts inherent in the design, construction, operations, and management of a building. The LEED certification system is organized into six environmental categories:

  • Credit 1: Sustainable Sites
  • Credit 2: Water Efficiency
  • Credit 3: Energy and Atmosphere
  • Credit 4: Materials and Resources
  • Credit 5: Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Credit 6: Innovation & Design

Laminators' Contribution to LEED Points

Laminators' aluminum composite panels may qualify for credits in the following categories:

  • Credit 4: Materials and Resources

Materials and Resources (MR)

MR Credit Recycled Content Points
4.1: 10% 1
4.2: 20% 1 Point in addition to MR Credit 4.1

Intent: Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, therefore reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of new virgin materials.

Requirements: Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project and at least 20% for MR Credit 4.2. The recycled content value of a material assembly shall be determined by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

Laminators' products consist of the following recycled aluminum content by weight:

Product Total
Pre-Consumer
Total
Post-Consumer
Total
Recycled Content
Omega-Lite 13% 57% 70%
Omega-Flex 9% 38% 47%
Thermolite 9% 37% 46%
Omega Foam-Ply 8% 33% 41%
Omega-Ply 8% 32% 40%

Possible Credits: 2 Points (1 Point per Credit)

To further support the use of recycled materials, producing aluminum from recycled material requires only ~5% of the energy required to produce aluminum from bauxite ore and every ton of recycled aluminum saves four tons of bauxite. Additionally, using recycled aluminum instead of raw materials reduces air pollution generation such as CO2, SOx, and NOx by 95% and water pollution by 97% (The Aluminum Association, www.aluminum.org).

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