Nowadays, sustainable design forms an integral part of architecture and often constitutes one of the principal aims of the design process. Zinc has numerous qualities that help architects achieve this aim. For example, Zinc is a ‘living’ material. It protects itself by naturally developing a patina during the early stages of its life that guards against corrosion, and gives it self-healing properties making it extremely durable. Its life span can exceed 100 years (depending on the surrounding atmosphere). In wall cladding applications, some experts estimate an expected life span of over 200 years. Zinc is also 100% recyclable and can be reused a practically unlimited number of times, without the loss of any of its chemical or mechanical properties, or any loss in quality. For this reason and in order to assist architects whose projects are to be LEED-certified, in elZinc we have made available a document describing how these qualities can be incorporated into the certification method.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international certification system based on the assessment and approval of a series of factors related to Green Building and alternative energies. It can be applied to any kind of new build or refurbishment project, in both the tertiary and residential sectors. Thanks to its numerous advantages such as its complete recyclability or its longevity, titanium-zinc elZinc® can have an impact in up to 3 families of LEED® credits of your project and can contribute to gaining up to 7 points. An environmental approach in construction is now regarded by many as being a necessity rather than a choice. If you need more information about the LEED certification method , please feel free to contact us.