Waste Not, Want Not

There are definitely times when you’re happy to get more than you really need, such as days off from work, an extra helping of dessert, money, or in the case of green building—LEED or <insert green building certification name> points.

The USGBC’s LEED rating system offers a prescriptive means for architects and builders to create a sustainable structure for clients. While a lot of attention gets focused on the structure itself, LEED also focuses on the materials and resources used. The whole idea is to use as few of the earth’s resources as possible in the creation of our built environment. What this means is: Using as little building materials as possible, and reusing materials or using materials that can be reused, means projects and project teams get rewarded when building to green standards, such as LEED.

How do they get rewarded? Well, in the case of projects aiming for LEED certification, rewards come in the form of points. If the project meets certain criteria, such as through construction waste management (MRc2), points can be earned toward an overall certification level like Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

Construction Waste Management

So, how would a project earn the construction waste management points? Well, there are many ways to achieve this, but one of the best ways is to simply generate as little waste as possible, if any. Products like the ICF construction products from Reward Wall Systems are ideal for controlling waste streams: insulated concrete forms are 100 percent reversible (including the corners), they’re easily cut and have cut lines for reducing errors in the field, and they’re 100 percent recyclable even if you happen to have some left over. (That’s right, concrete, rebar, plastic and expanded polystyrene are all recyclable materials.) Plus each ICF has recycled content that can help contribute as well.

Reversible ICFs reduce Waste

ICF construction allows for many field modification to the dimensions to the block, so you are able to use every last piece of the ICF. This is when being a universal and reversible block becomes incredibly important, not just for ease of use for contractors.

Reward ICFs are reversible and universal, so if you need to cut a block in half horizontally, you can still use the top half piece as well. The ties are designed so the crossbars and rebar chairs are still usable even when its cut, and the strength of the form is not compromised. Same goes for the corner form. Reward’s integrated double-H bridging corner bracket is designed so its able to be cut directly in half and still perform to the levels of a full corner- incredibly strong with ample attachment surface area.

So Even if you’re not going for LEED certification, or NAHB Green Homes etc, buying more than what you need is wasteful from a cost standpoint. Give your clients’ pockets an extra helping of cash by using a product that’s as versatile as it is sustainable.

See a quick overview of ICF Construction below!