Lafarge has launched a new online tool for design professionals, primarily architects and engineers, designed to help them find Lafarge products that can be specified to help meet green building requirements under the LEED rating system. This online version replaces the former print document, and meets U.S. and Canadian LEED requirements.
After requiring the user to enter the project postal code, the Guide allows the user to enter search criteria by product or LEED credit category. Products matching search criteria, and that are available within the MRc5.1-5.2 Regional Materials credit radius of the project, are displayed for the user to review. Each product listing includes a description of the product and an explanation of how that product can help contribute to achieving points in particular LEED credit categories. Credit categories include Sustainable Site Selection, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design.
“Each search result will display the product name, image and description, list the credit categories it applies to, provides an explanation of how the product satisfies credit requirements and lists a Lafarge contact person,” said Andrew Pinneke, LEED AP and technical marketing coordinator for Lafarge. “This is a tool that will take the mystery out of determining what Lafarge product is available for use in a given project. Once the product has been identified, the specifier can contact the Lafarge representative to address any remaining product/project issues.”
While the Guide currently features Lafarge Cement and Gypsum products, Lafarge plans to soon add other Lafarge products and green building rating systems. The Guide complies with the requirements of the new LEED 2009 rating system.