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Buildex, Sustainable Development, and  LEEDTM Green Building certification credits.

Buildex, as a member of the Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) and the commercial construction industry since 1951, has always believed in what is now being called "sustainable development." Quite simply, our product lasts a long time and improves the performance of concrete and other products that it is used in. 

In today's "throw away" economy, a durable, energy saving product like Buildex may not be trendy, but we are what we are. Any discussion of sustainability and LEED certification must include life cycle cost analysis, and Buildex encourages all building professionals to recognize its importance in our society.

In 2004 Buildex and other producer members of the ESCSI have developed the publication  Structural Lightweight Aggregates' Holistic Contribution to Sustainable Development (220 kb PDF)

It discusses the commitment of Buildex and our industry to sustainable development and details the contribution of Buildex toward LEED Green Building certification credits in a variety of areas, including

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiencies
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation & Design Process.

Beginning in 2008 Buildex and several other producers of expanded shale lightweight aggregate have provided claims that their fine aggregate, typically used to produce lightweight concrete block and in other applications, qualifies as a LEED NC 4.1 & 4.2 Recycled Content. Please contact the Buildex sales office directly by telephone or email for more information concerning this.