LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED certification) is a program that encourages sustainable green building and development practices through a system that recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental performance. Incorporating vegetated Flexamat into your project instead of hard armor alternates, makes it possible to accumulate points toward various LEED credits.


Potential LEED Credit Intent Reasoning

SS Credit 5.1
Site Developement:  Protect and Restore Habitat

Conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.

Flexamat offers a permanent vegetated solution for areas that would otherwise be protected with non-vegetated alternatives such as concrete and rock rip rap

MR Credit 5.1
Regional Materials

Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufacturedlocally to a job site in hopes to reduce the environmental impact that would result from transporting these goods. Products manufactured, extracted and recycled within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (1 point) or 20% (2 points), based on cost of the total materials value.

Flexamat is cabable of being manufactured at the project site or at a nearby location.  Concrete used in manufacturing Flexamat is provided by a local source.  This lowers the adverse impact of transporting the material.

SS Credit 6.1
Stormwater Design: Quantity Control

To limit disruption of natural hydrology by reducing impervious cover, increasing on-site infiltration, reducing or eliminating pollution from stormwater runoff and eliminating contaminants.

Vegetated Flexamat filters sediment from runoff and promotes groundwater recharge.  It replaces impervious hard armor such as poured concrete. 

Flexamat is a permenent solution that requires no maintenance.  Flexamat enables vegetated waterways that increase on-site infiltration and filters pollutants.

S Credit 6.2 Stormwater Design:  Quality Control

To limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff.

Vegetated waterways dissipate stormwater runoff's energy.  They allow infiltration and the vegetation works to cleanse the stormwater of pollutants.

What is LEED®?

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The LEED green building certification program encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Who uses LEED?

Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials all use LEED to help transform the built environment to sustainability. State and local governments across the country are adopting LEED for public-owned and public-funded buildings; there are LEED initiatives in federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State; and LEED projects are in countries worldwide, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico and India.

How is LEED Developed?

LEED rating systems are developed through an open, consensus-based process led by LEED committees. Each volunteer committee is composed of a diverse group of practitioners and experts representing a cross-section of the building and construction industry. The key elements of USGBC's consensus process include a balanced and transparent committee structure, technical advisory groups that ensure scientific consistency and rigor, opportunities for stakeholder comment and review, member ballot of new rating systems, and a fair and open appeals process.