This information provides a credit summary of Boston Valley Terra Cotta’s TerraClad™ Rain Screen System relevant to the USGBC’s LEED® Rating System. The credits apply to LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) and LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB).
Energy & Atmosphere
EA Credit 1
Optimize Energy Performance
Intent Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental impacts associated with excessive energy use.
Requirement Reduce design energy cost compared to the energy cost budget for energy systems regulated by ASHREA 90.1-2004 and Appendix G, as demonstrated by a whole building simulation using Energy Cost Budget Method described in Section 11 of the Standard. Boston Valley Terra Cotta's TerraClad™ rain screen system incorporates a ventilated cavity and opportunity for insulation between the exterior terra cotta wall cladding and the structural wall system. This air space and insulation increase the thermal performance of the exterior wall system which positively effects the energy efficiency of the building envelope.
Material & Resource
MRCredit 2.1, 2.2
Construction Waste Management Divert 50% & 75% from Landfill
Intent Divert construction, demolition and land clearing debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites.
Requirement Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% or 75% of construction and demolition debris (by weight or volume). Boston Valley Terra Cotta will accept recovered TerraClad™ panels or pieces of panels from the project site to reuse in the manufacturing process.
MRCredit 4.1, 4.2
Intent Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, therefore reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of new virgin materials.
Requirement Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 10% or 20% of the total value of the materials in the project. Boston Valley Terra Cotta uses 12%–20% by weight recycled content in the manufacture of its TerraClad™ terra cotta rain screen panels.
MRCredit 5.1, 5.2
Regional Materials 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally
Intent Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
Requirement Use building products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for minimum of 10% of the total materials value (based on cost). If only a fraction of the product is extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value. 42% of the raw material BVTC uses in the manufacture of their TerraClad™ rain screen panels is harvested within 500 miles of our manufacturing facility in Orchard Park, NY.
We accept recovered TerraClad™ terra cotta panel material from project sites to reuse in the manufacturing process.