M S International is a proud member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Q Premium
Natural Quartz currently qualifies for LEED credits in some areas of the program.
The USGBC developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating
systems to provide a national standard for green building design.
Environmentally conscious Architects, Designers and Builders across the nation are
focusing on Green Building and voluntary LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) building projects. The green movement is creating revolutionary innovation
in the design community. Cutting edge strategies, concepts and ideas are coming
about fostering the conceptualization and creation of sustainable living products.
These new innovations are being incorporated into the design process to maximize
MSI recognizes the environmental importance and benefits derived from these new
approaches to design. Sustainable "green" building design strategies take environmental
responsibility for the way we think about, and how we build. It is in ours, and
future generation’s best interest that when we build, we build with the goal of
making as small of an impact as possible on our earth's precious resources. Green
building is a responsible and proactive way to attain these goals.
Of the many possible green design approaches, MSI addresses herein the role of Q
Premium Natural Quartz in the green building arena. The suggestions below are to
assist architects, specifiers, and design teams in pursuing LEED Green Building
certification points by incorporating Q Premium Natural Quartz into their designs.
Maintaining aesthetics and safety without compromising environmental integrity
LEED Points that may be available when using Q in your projects:
Material & Resources
4.1 Recycled Content: 10% (post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer) = 1 point
Indoor Environmental Quality
In several Q colors there is a minimum of 35% post-consumer recycled content. Our
Sparkling Series contain 35% post-consumer recycled glass content.
4.2 Low Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealants = 1 point
The Q network of Fabricators use DAP caulk for countertop installations. To assure
point availability make certain to request the use of DAP caulk. DAP VOC content
is less than the current VOC content limits of South Coast Air Quality Management
District Regulation 8, Rule 51.
4.3 Low Emitting Materials: Flooring Systems = 1 point
Q Premium Natural Quartz is low-emitting and contributes to healthier indoor environments.
The USGBC is a non-profit coalition of building industry professionals. They seek
to improve the environmental quality of buildings and communities. The USGBC has
set the leading national standard for green building: The LEED Green Building Rating
System. LEED is a voluntary consensus-based national standard developed by the USGBC
to support and validate green building design, construction and operations.