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December 9, 2013
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You might have heard of LEED certification in regards to buildings. Most commonly, LEED rating systems are mentioned in association with new construction, to describe how energy-efficient and environmentally friendly it is. But there is much more to the LEED system.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and as such, can be used for a whole host of things. Environmental Design is a pretty broad category, but it includes thinking about how you can make the least impact on the environment, and there are plenty of ways to do this.

As a homeowner, for instance, you’re practicing environmental design when you lay down organic mulch. Organic mulch encourages soil health, captures runoff, and stimulates good root structure in plants. If your roofing materials are made from a certain percentage of recycled goods, they are probably LEED-certified. To encourage us all to make better use of our resources, LEED certification can be found in some pretty unlikely places.
JK Enterprises Carries LEED-Specified Products and Materials

JK Enterprise carries LEED-specified green materials and is a member of the Virginia Forestry Association, the US Composting Council, the Virginia Forest Products Association, and the Landscape Contractors Association.

What does “LEED-specified” mean in this context? It starts with how buildings get their LEED certification. Each LEED-specified product is worth a certain number of credits, and these credits accumulate to help your building qualify for that LEED certification, like collecting tokens for prizes in an arcade.
The LEED-Specified Products We Carry At JK Enterprises Fall Into These Categories:

MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials

○ Defined by LEED as resources that are planted and/or harvested within a ten-year cycle.

○ Calculated as a percent of total cost of building materials (labor and equipment cost not included).

MR Credit 7: Certified Sustainably Harvested Wood

○ Calculated as a percent of the cost of all wood-based products used on the project (labor and equipment cost not included).

○ LEED requires certification based on the Forest Stewardship Council’s “Principles and Criteria.” (There are other sustainable forestry certifications available, but the LEED development committees believe that FSC is currently the most comprehensive.)

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That makes the products LEED-specified, but we also go the extra mile. Everything we process; the soil, the rock, the mulch, is comprised of local material. That restricts our carbon footprint by reducing how far things are transported. And it also improves our bottom line — because we spend much less on fuel costs, our products are the least expensive option a great deal of the time.

We are committed to closing the cycle and reusing or recycling old materials, rather than burning or burying them. And we can save you money doing it. Environmental design is just good sense. Come check us out!