GFRC and ‘Green Building’
The GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) materials are themselves easy on the environment. The glass elements are from reclaimed or recycled materials, and the cement mix includes fly ash, which is the waste produced by industrial smokestacks. The finishes are ecologically friendly water-based materials that give off no pollutants or toxins when produced.
Using GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) is friendly on the environment and goes hand-in-hand with the current “green building” push.
Fly Ash/Pozzolans used in GFRC
In addition to fly ash other materials like silica fume are pozzolans. If the material is in a finely divided form and water is present, it will chemically react with calcium hydroxide at ordinary temperatures to form compounds with cementitious properties
LEED® & Design Rating Systems
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
LEED was created to:
define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurementpromote integrated, whole-building design practicesrecognize environmental leadership in the building industrystimulate green competitionraise consumer awareness of green building benefitstransform the building marketMembers of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution. LEED standards are currently available or under development for:
- New commercial construction and major renovation projects (LEED-NC)
- Existing building operations (LEED-EB)
- Commercial interiors projects (LEED-CI)
- Core and shell projects (LEED-CS)
- Homes (LEED-H)
- Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)