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Architects: Leed Ratings Shortchange Concrete Masonry On Sustainability Scale

Architects recognize concrete masonry’s green building attributes, but see certain properties long associated with block or brick construction overlooked in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system

Sources: CP staff; NCMA Education & Research Foundation, Herndon, Va.

Architects recognize concrete masonry's green building attributes, but see certain properties long associated with block or brick construction overlooked in the LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] rating system--the most widely subscribed yardstick of sustainable building methods. A survey behind the NCMA Education & Research Foundation's new Concrete Masonry in Green Buildings: Award-Winning Architects√Ć Perspectives report reveals how the system neglects to factor durability and long service life, aesthetics, minimal maintenance, reduced cost, thermal mass, impact resistance, fire resistance, noise reduction, and resource efficiency.

The downloadable report was prepared by Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute Director of Sustainability Shahnaz Jaffari, AIA Associate and LEED Accredited Professional. He interviewed 24 architects who had used concrete masonry in award-winning projects, some of which logged LEED points attributed to CMU's recycled content or regional material qualifications.