Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
Great Denver Iron is fully committed to helping your LEED project attain maximum “Green Building” efficiency by choosing suppliers and steel products that contribute positively toward LEEDs 4.1 and 4.2 credits. We aim to help our customers improve occupant well-being, environmental performance and economic returns of buildings using established and innovative practices, standards and technologies.
Depending on the location of your project, we may also help your project in achieving the LEED Materials and Resources credits 5.1 and 5.2.
Designers and builders have long recognized and lauded steel for its strength, durability and functionality. Increasingly, however, architects are recognizing steel’s important environmental attributes – especially its high recycled content and high reclamation rate.
Today’s environmental and economic concerns make recycling steel even more important. Recycling steel saves money while conserving energy and resources, and reduces solid, liquid and gaseous wastes. Recycling also helps to spread the energy impact of the original extraction and manufacturing of the material over infinite generations of new steel.
In addition to recycled content, steel can contribute toward several other LEED credits, either directly or indirectly. Steel is dimensionally stable and, when properly designed, can provide an exceptionally tight building envelope for less air loss and better HVAC performace over time. Steel is made to axact specifications, so on-site waste is minimized. Materials from demolition or construction can be easily recycled, with the magnetic properties of steel greatly facilitating its separation from other materials. Thus, in addition to steel’s outstanding recycled content and an enviable reclamation rate, steel’s other functional properties contribute to the material’s solid environmental performance.