Local or regional materials

Local or regional materials

Building products manufactured and/or extracted within a defined radius of the building site. For example, the U.S. Green Building Council defines local materials as those that are manufactured, processed, and/or extracted within a 500-mile radius of the site. Use of regional materials is considered a sustainable building strategy because these materials require less transport, which reduces transportation-related environmental impacts. Additionally, regional materials support local economies, supporting the community goal of sustainable building.
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Most LEED certified projects find the use of local or regional materials another easy point to comply with.
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