Things to consider when going green

November 7, 2017

When it comes to building green, every decision matters. A product’s material makeup and manufacturing location not only impact the quality and strength of a product, but also these and other traits affect whether a product qualifies for a green building rating program.

Most construction companies these days have worked on a number of sustainable projects, but they may not be familiar with all of the green verification systems available. Let’s take a look at the options and Flex-Ability Concepts’ role in sustainable construction. It actually is pretty easy to be green in construction when you pick sustainable products like ours.


LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most used third-party verification system for sustainable buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council, which oversees LEED, reports 2.2 million square feet of buildings are certified daily.
LEED applies to all buildings—residential, commercial and industrial—and new construction and renovations.

Certification levels are (lowest to highest): Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. With a LEED certification, building owners know they have an energy-efficient structure that has lower water and energy consumption and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Green Globes

Designed for commercial properties, Green Globes differentiates itself by offering customized guidance in building design, construction and operation. Each certification is verified by the Green Building Initiative to ensure the plans meet the criteria.

The partnership offers real-time customer support, comprehensive assessment roadmaps, onsite third-party building assessment and best practices guidance for green construction and operations.

For Green Globes, a total of 1,000 points are available, and a project must get 35% of them to be certified at the lowest level. In other words, 350 points equals the certification level of One Green Globe. Projects can certify at higher tiers by earning more points.

National Green Building Standard

The ICC/ASHRAE 700‐2015 National Green Building Standard is the first residential green building standard to undergo the full consensus process and receive approval from the American National Standards Institute. The standard made its debut in 2008, with the latest version being approved in 2016. The Home Innovation Research Labs has certified more than 100,000 dwelling units.

Certification levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald, and they are point-based with a total of 1,100 points available. In addition to earned points, every certified building certified must comply with all the relevant mandatory provisions. NGBS requires a balanced project team approach, so a minimum number of points is needed in each category.

Our Contribution

Metal by nature is green because it is a natural material made with recycled content. It also can be recycled at the end of its life. All Flex-Ability Concept’s products are made with steel from American mills.

Flex-Ability Concepts’ products can contribute to LEED credits, for instance, in the materials and resources area:

Material Credit #4.1, Recycled Content (5%). Flex-Ability Concepts’ products exceed this criterion.
Material Credit #4.2, Recycled Content (10%). Flex-Ability Concepts’ products exceed this criterion.

If you are working on a LEED project and need help selecting curved, light-gauge steel framing, please contact us. We are happy to help and provide verification.

While our company was founded to give contractors products that are easy to install, it is reassuring to know Flex-Ability Concepts’ products have an added benefit in the sustainable marketplace. Building green and responsibly should matter to everyone. It means something to us.


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