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Frequently Asked Questions

What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design and is a system developed to rate how environmentally friendly a building is. LEED is a voluntary, rating system for assessing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Developed by USGBC, LEED addresses all building types with rating systems to meet the needs of each building type. LEED emphasizes strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.

What is the USGBC?

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of sustainable building practices. USGBC boasts a membership of thousands of organizations from across the building industry that work to advance structures that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.

What does it mean to be LEED Certified?

A project is LEED certified if it earns a set number of points for complying with LEED Prerequisites and LEED Credits. There are several levels of certification: LEED Certification, LEED Silver Certification, LEED Gold Certification, and LEED Platinum Certification.

Can a product, such as Rapid Set® Cement, be LEED certified?

Building a better world can’t be done status quo. That’s why we challenge the way things have always been done from the way we engineer and manufacture our cement, to the innovative products we develop, to the way we serve our customers. Our legacy is to leave this world a better place for generations to come.

With civil engineering as his expertise and construction as his passion, Ed Rice, CTS founder and visionary, set out to improve the way we build, construct and the finished results we get. In essence, he set out to make the world a better place to live, project by project and community by community.

What started out as improving portland cement for the prestressed concrete industry, turned into developing Type-K shrinkage compensating cement for the post-tensioned industry. This soon paved the way for developing Rapid Set® cement, a specialty cement that lets you build faster, and achieve durable and long-lasting results. Rapid Set cement has grown into more than 30 specialized cement products for all of your new construction, restoration and repair needs.

What does it mean to be LEED compliant?

No product can be LEED Certified. Certification is reserved for buildings and projects as a whole. Products can, however, be LEED compliant.

What does it mean to be LEED compliant?

“LEED compliant,” or any alternative to this phrase, is a term used in marketing to promote individual products or processes that comply with the requirements of at least one LEED credit.

Is Rapid Set® Cement LEED compliant?

Yes. Rapid Set® Cement can contribute to the following LEED credits:

  • Sustainable Sites 7.1 & 7.2 – Heat Island Effect (up to 2 points)
  • Materials and Resources 4.1 & 4.2 – Recycled Materials (up to 3 points)
  • Materials and Resources 5.1 & 5.2 – Regional Materials (up to 3 points)
  • Innovation in Design – Low CO2 Output Cement (1 point)

How much recycled material is in Rapid Set® Cement?

Due to the volatility of the cement manufacturing process the amount of recycled material varies from a minimum of 10% to a maximum of 30%, by weight, with a typical mix having about 15% recycled content. Most of the recycled material Rapid Set® products is classified as post-consumer recycled material, a very small portion is classified as pre-consumer or post-industrial.

What is the difference between pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled material?

These are classifications of recycled materials. Pre-consumer recycled material is any material that has been diverted from waste during a manufacturing process. Post-consumer recycled materials are materials diverted from waste after use by the end user. Recycled wood shavings from a woodworking facility are an example of pre-consumer recycled materials whereas glass from empty bottles is an example of post-consumer recycled material.

Who is involved in the LEED Certification process?

The LEED Certification process encourages an integrated design process, involving as many parties from the project team as possible. At a minimum, one person is designated as the project administrator for the LEED certification and tasks for each credit are assigned to the appropriate project team members.

What is the manufacturer’s role during the LEED certification process?

For the most part, the role of product manufacturers is limited to providing the necessary documentation required of the project by the LEED credits. For example, CTS Cement is responsible for documenting that all of our products are extracted and manufactured within 250 or 500 miles of the project site in compliance with the regional materials credit or bonus credits.

How does the LEED certification process differ for new construction and existing buildings?

LEED has evolved into a series of rating systems for practically every sector of the building world. Rating systems are geared toward the unique challenges and needs of the project type. The differences can be explored at www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems

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