MEGAMET INDUSTRIES LEED STATEMENT FEBRUARY 2010

 

WHAT LEED IS:

  The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has been instrumental in the concept of creating a means to evaluate environmentally friendly (Green) buildings through a comprehensive series of Credit Points. The rating system is "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" commonly referred to as LEED. Information can be found at www.usgbc.org.

  We wish to stress that LEED Credit Points are awarded to the building, not individual components. The components help in achieving points for the building in a variety of categories but are not rated by themselves. USGBC very explicitly "does not certify, endorse or promote products".

  Even though hollow metal doors and frames are a very small percentage of the building cost, MegaMet recognizes the importance of "GREEN BUILDINGS" and are therefore doing our part in this concept.

  For this document, we are using the most up-to-date terminology and credit codes of LEED 2009.

 

MEGAMET PRODUCT CONTRIBUTIONS: 

  The primary way our products contribute to earning LEED points is in the "Materials and Resources" (MR) section as MR Credit 4 "RECYCLED CONTENT". This awards 1 point for a total recycled content of 10% or 2 points for a total recycled content of 20%. Points are based on weight then are multiplied by the cost of the assembly. As a manufacturer, the final cost of the assembly is not within our control; therefore our figures will be based on percentage by weight only.

  Unless noted otherwise, the following statement is primarily based on information published by the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) available at www.recycle-steel.org. The primary reference documents are "Steel Takes LEED with Recycled Content" dated November, 2009 and "2008 The Inherent Recycled Content of Today's Steel" updated December, 2009. The SRI tracks mill production of steel and issues a statement at least yearly. Percentages will vary year to year based on available scrap, the melting method used, and the properties (recipe) used by individual mills. For the last few years, the average recycled content is about 33%. We are using this average in our calculations.  

  Sheet steel is produced in the "Basic Oxygen Furnace" (BOF). The latest published figures (2008) indicate that almost 14 MILLION tons of ferrous scrap was used to produce about 42 MILLION tons of steel by the BOF method, a total recycled content of almost 33%. The documents referenced further refine the total recycled content as 25.6% "post-consumer" and 6.8% "pre-consumer" scrap. The pre-consumer category includes steel scrap generated by inherent manufacturing processes such as the shearing, piercing, mitering, inspection, and quality testing done by MegaMet.

  NOTE: The 33% DOES NOT include other non-ferrous elements such as chromium, nickel, copper, zinc, etc. from recycled sources that are added to the mixture by steel mills to attain certain desired properties. 

 

  The following information is based on our standard M-C-CM Series frames, and our standard D Series doors with polystyrene, polyurethane, or honeycomb cores with or without single steel rib. All are based on the weight of a typical 16 gage steel or galvanized steel 3-0 X 7-0 flush door or 3-0 X 7-0 X 5 3/4" welded frame.

  Since our product offerings are so extensive, a more specific product list is presented as APPENDIX A.

  For the production of our Hollow Metal Doors and Frames MegaMet Industries proudly uses one of the most recycled and recyclable materials, namely steel, as the greatest percentage by weight of any component.

  The weight of the steel door described above is approximately 130 pounds of which about 4 pounds is primer, filler and adhesive and 3 to 6 pounds is core. The steel content is therefore at least 120 pounds or 92% by weight.

  The weight of the steel frame described above is approximately 50 pounds of which about 2 pounds is paint and filler. The steel content is therefore 48 pounds or 96% by weight.

  Since the exact formulation used by individual steel mills may vary slightly (see note above), using a recycled content of 33% (based on SRI) the recycled steel content of the door is 30% and the frame is almost 32%, both exceeding the MR Credit 4 requirements.

  Increasing the gage of the frame or the gage of door faces does increase the percentage of recycled content. See APPENDIX A for more information.

 

 

  A secondary way our products contribute is in the "Materials and Resources" (MR) section as MR Credit 5 "REGIONAL MATERIALS". This awards 1 point for 10% of cost of material manufactured within 500 miles of the project or 2 points for 20% of cost of material manufactured within 500 miles of the project. Again, as a manufacturer, the final cost of the assembly is not within our control.

 

MegaMet's location puts us within a 500 mile radius of portions of over 16 states and numerous major cities. The following map shows major cities within a 500-mile radius of Birmingham, Alabama as indicated by the "green" line. This map may be used for reference, but is not intended to be all-inclusive.

 




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