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LEED® Guide

“TORLYS is committed to creating the most beautiful and practical flooring available, but not at the expense of the environment.”

Peter Barretto, President and CEO, TORLYS Inc.

Our Products – Beautiful, Intelligent and Re-usable

TORLYS products combine attractive aesthetics with a durable, reusable and renewable design. Reducing environmental impact and offering sustainable alternatives are a key part of product development, setting TORLYS apart as a worldwide innovator and a leader in environmental initiatives.

About LEED® Canada

 

The LEED® Green Building Rating System is a design guide and rating/certification tool for new construction projects and major renovations. The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is the implementing body of LEED® in Canada, having licensed and derived the original system from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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LEED® Canada
Prerequisites and Credits

Prerequisites and Credits (or “points”)
are organized into six Categories:

  1. Sustainable Sites
  2. Indoor Environmental Quality
  3. Water Efficiency
  4. Innovation & Design Process
  5. Materials and Resources

LEED® Categories
and Credits

In the LEED rating system, points are awarded for implementing verified design principles in predefined credit descriptions. The use of TORLYS Smart Floors can directly affect the credits achieved in a LEED designed building.

The following chart shows TORLYS relevance (for credits) in key LEED categories: New construction, commercial interiors and existing buildings

 

LEED® Categories and TORLYS Flooring Potential Credits

 

LEED® Categories Cork TORLYS Flooring
Hardwood
Laminates
Materials and Resources Y*
Indoor Environmental Quality ·

TORLYS and LEED® Canada Points

Installing a TORLYS Smart Floor can directly increase credits achieved* in a LEED designed building. In most cases, credits require a holistic approach to sustainable building materials and are not just flooring specific. However, TORLYS floors are a value-added component and can make a significant contribution to obtaining LEED certification.

The number of points varies based on the type of flooring and the rating system used. It will also depend on whether the building is 100% new construction, or if an existing building is involved.

Example: For Canadian LEED New Construction, on a project that is 100% new construction, installation of a new TORLYS Cork floor can play a part in up to 6 credits depending on the application specifics.

Alternatively, applying Canadian LEED New Construction for a project that involves an existing building where TORLYS Cork flooring is already in place with the intention to be reused, the product can contribute to a total of 11 credits depending on the application specifics.

*Note: Simply including TORLYS flooring will not alone ensure that LEED credits are attained. No product can guarantee LEED points as the LEED system takes the entire project into account. TORLYS products can and do contribute to green building success.

TORLYS Flooring and LEED Points for Innovation & Design

Design for Disassembly and Adaptability (DfD/A) (or Design for Deconstruction) is one prime example of a sustainability concept that a LEED team could adapt to try to achieve credits in the Innovation & Design Process category.

This concept recognizes key life cycle changes that a building undergoes and mitigates environmental damage through wise design and material choices. TORLYS Uniclic® products merge well with numerous DfD/A concepts.

For assistance on how TORLYS products can contribute to your LEED project, please contact marketing@torlys.com.

Integrity and Verification

To produce this document we have retained outside authorities – internationally recognized Berkeley Analytical Associates of Richmond, California and a respected Canadian LEED consultant – to ensure that information on LEED and TORLYS flooring have been independently verified.

Have Questions – Need Help?

TORLYS would be pleased to assist you in your next green building project. For any questions or comments about this guide or TORLYS contribution to LEED credits, please contact marketing@torlys.com.