LEED & Green

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System serves as a scorecard for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. It was designed to encourage the adoption of sustainable building and development practices. Sustainable development tries to balance the needs of people, nature, and the economy.
Pavement type selection (concrete vs. asphalt), on its own, directly contributes to only a few LEED credits. Credits can be earned in these ways:
  • Porous asphalt systems earn credits for stormwater management.
  • The ability to recycle asphalt pavement and the use of asphalt with high percentages of RAP (reclaimed asphalt pavement) make asphalt eligible for credits under the materials and resources heading.
  • Light-colored asphalt pavements earn credits for urban heat island mitigation.
  • The fact that asphalt pavement material is produced locally can earn credits for materials and resources.
  • Warm-mix asphalt offers several advantages which support sustainable development.
When all these factors are considered, asphalt pavements can contribute more LEED credits than other pavement types.
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