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10 Facts About the LEED Ratings System

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Conserve Building Materials

Recycling and conserving resources is familiar to most of us these days. But conserving construction materials? That's not something most people think about on a daily basis. LEED guidelines, however, cover pretty much every stage of a home's life, including the actual construction process. So, builders looking for LEED certification are required to make the most out of framing and building materials, such as beams, studs and roofing materials. [source: U.S. Green Building Council]. The limits on waste are extremely specific. There is a specific maximum amount of waste for each type of building material; for example, only 5 percent of all studs used can be wasted, and absolutely no roof decking can be put to waste [source: U.S. Green Building Council]. A maximum of 8.3 percent of the building materials budget can be spent on supplies that are eventually wasted [source: U.S. Green Building Council]. So if you're going for LEED certification for your new construction, make sure the builder understands the importance of conserving materials.

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