LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a widely used green building rating system used throughout the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

The LEED® system

The LEED® system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the sustainable development benchmark developed by the USA. It is used in numerous countries.

This sustainable building programme aims to recognise and highlight buildings that consume the lowest quantity of energy and that are most respectful of the environment. It can lead to 4 levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

It is organised in 8 categories of criteria:

VMZINC and the LEED® system

Sustainable, recyclable, featuring significant levels of recycled materials, Environmental Product Declarations, etc., VMZINC systems offer many advantages that enable them to contribute to obtaining LEED® certification for the building in which they are used.

Used for building envelope applications or, more rarely, as an interior solution, VMZINC solutions mainly contribute to 4 LEED® categories of criteria:

LEED® V.4 criteriaVMZINC advantagesAccessible point
Sustainable SiteExtent of SRI possibilities according to designers' requirements (Azengar SRI > 35)2
Materials and RessourcesVMZINC's ambitious sustainable development commitment and policy1
 High levels of “pre-consumer” and “post-consumer” recycled content (33% and 21% respectively)1
 Numerous Enviromental Product Declarations compliant with ISO 14025 type III and EN 158041
 Health and Safety Data Sheets1
 Very little zinc scrap during installation (< 5%), which is 100% recyclable2
Energy and AtmosphereCompatibility of VMZINC systems with the most effective insulation systems (performance, thickness)*
 Surface thermal bridges minimized in VMZINC systems*
 PV system easy to integrate when used with VMZINC systems4
Indoor Air QualityAFSSET COV/Formaldehyde protocol on the main surface aspects concerned3
 A+ COV/ Formaldehyde classification(Decree of 23 March 2011 on labelling of food products)3

San Diego Community College District - North City Campus

Architect: Joseph Wong Design Associates - Matthew GEAMAN
Surface aspect: ANTHRA-ZINC
Technique: VMZINC Standing seam
Surface in zinc: 1,165 m2 on the facade

Du Boisé Library

ArchitectCardinal Hardy Labonté Marcil Eric Pelletier - Eric PELLETIER
Surface aspectANTHRA-ZINC
TechniqueVMZINC Standing seam and VMZINC Interlocking panel
Surface in zinc: 886 m2 on the facade

Adjustable Forms Inc

ArchitectDLR Group - Nathan CASTEEL
Surface aspectANTHRA-ZINC
TechniqueVMZINC Sine wave profile and VMZINC Cassettes
Surface in zinc567 m2 on the facade

Temple Sinai in Oakland

Architect: Mark Horton Architecture - Mark Horton
Surface aspect: PIGMENTO Green
TechniqueVMZINC Standing seam
Surface in zinc823 m2 on the facade and on the roof

Poetry Foundation

ArchitectJohn Ronan
Surface aspectANTHRA-ZINC
Technique: VMZINC Sine wave profile
Surface in zinc1896 m2 on the facade

UC Berkeley School of law

Architect: Ratcliff Studio - Joseph Nicola
Surface aspect: QUARTZ-ZINC
Technique: VMZINC Standing seam and Composite
Surface in zinc100 m2 on the roof and the facade

Johnson County Criminalistics Laboratory Mission

Architect: PGAV Architects
Surface aspect: QUARTZ-ZINC
Technique: VMZINC Flat lock

Olathe Adult Detention Center

Architect: Treanor Architects - BNIM
Technique: VMZINC Interlocking panel

Elk River Library

Technique: VMZINC Interlocking panel, VMZINC Flat lock panel, VMZINC Structural roof