Even as early as 1860, Armstrong has pioneered “green” practices, products and services, first in North America and subsequently worldwide. Our quality and process-driven culture are seeds by which we continue to innovate environmentally-responsible practices. In 1999, we introduced the first and only commercial ceilings recycling program in the industry, providing us with 9 years of experience to date. We have recycled more than 40,000,000 square feet of old acoustical ceiling tiles – representing more than 14,000 tons of construction waste that would have normally been dumped into landfills.
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Now Armstrong is broadening our environmental stewardship efforts in four areas - Energy, Greenhouse Gases, Water and Forest Management. These are the areas in which our company has a significant impact.
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LEEDv4 Credit Score Card - BD&C & ID&C - MR and EQ credit areas

Credit LEED Credit Points Armstrong Contribution
MRp2; MRc6 Construction Waste Management
Construction Waste Management Now a Prerequisite - ID at least 5 materials
MRp2 Required MRc6 1-2 •MRp2 - Add Armstrong Recycling Program to Waste Management plan to increase diversion %. Ceilings qualify as 1 nonstructural material.
•MRc6 Option 1: Ceilings qualify as a material stream to meet 50-75% diversion
•MRc6 Option 2: Reduction in Total Waste: Specify products with minimal waste; show waste reduction over drywall
MR credits Regional Materials (Extracted, manufactured and purchased w/in 100 miles) 200% base contributing cost Use Armstrong LEED calculator to calculate mileage for manufacture and extraction locations Product meeting 100 mile criteria is valued at 200% of base cost
MRc1 BD&C MRc2 ID&C Building Life Cycle Reduction Interiors Life Cycle Impact Reduction BD&C - 3 ID&C - 1-3 •BD&C Option 4: Provide EPD or Embodied Energy (EE) for Whole Building LCA calculations
•ID&C Option 1: Reuse of nonstructural elements
•Option 3: Design for Flexibility - Install Accessible Ceiling systems; DC FlexZone for Plug and Play; Meet Recyclable requirements per the FTC Green Guidelines.
MRc2 BD&C MRc3 ID&C Building Disclosure and Optimization - Environmental Product Declaration BD&C - 1 ID&C - 1-2 •Option 1: Armstrong Third Party Certified, TYPE III EPDs ; www.armstrong.com/epd
•Option 2: Armstrong EPDs show reduction in 3 impact categories
MRc3 BD&C MRc4 ID&C Building Disclosure and Optimization -Sourcing of Raw Materials BD&C - 1-2 ID&C - 1-2 •Option 1: Armstrong self-declared sustainability report (1/2 value) www.armstrong.com/sustainability
•Option 2: Leadership Extraction Practices: Meet one of these criteria: Extended Producer Responsibility (Recycling Program); Biobased (USDA BioPreferred); Wood (FSC - be sure LEED projects have FSC wood SKUs); RC (Post+1/2 Pre); Visit the Armstrong sustainable products overview.
MRc4 BD&C MRc5 ID&C Building Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients BD&C - 1-2 ID&C - 1-2 •Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting -Armstrong Product Declaration qualifies for Mfr Inventory (1 Pt)
•Future - any Cradle to Cradle certified product
•Option 2: Material Ingredient Optimization: Future - Cradle to Cradle certification at Silver, Gold, Platinum level (1Pt)
•Option 3: Comply with Supplier reporting 99% by weight (some products)
Do not comply at this time to 3rd party certification of Supply Chain.
EQc2 Low Emitting Materials BD&C - 1-3 ID&C - 1-3 •Ceilings meet General Emissions evaluation per the CDPH standard; v1.1 2010 (mineral fiber and Optima PB)
•Composite Wood must meet CARB for Ultra low emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) - be sure wood products on LEED jobs meet requirements. All WW except channeled and solid options meet CARB.
EQc6 Interior Lighting - Lighting Quality BD&C - 1 ID&C - 1 Option 2: Lighting Quality - Choose ceilings with LR .85; Walls .60 as one of strategies; Armstrong TechZone lighting partners and LED lighting is another strategy option.
EQc9 Acoustic Performance (now all Rating Systems) BD&C - 2 ID&C - 2 •Sound Transmission - Armstrong Wall Panels enhance drywall = higher combined STC value. •Reverberation time - Ceilings contribute to reduction in reverb time by adding absorption. Schools must meet ANSI Std. S12-60. Visit Armstrong Acoustics Sound Design site.
MRc2 Construction Waste Management 1-2 pts Armstrong Ceiling Recycling Program contributes to meet 50% and 75% diversion goals.
MRc4 Recycled Content 1-2 pts All ceilings contribute to this credit. Calculate the Post Consumer (100%) and Pre-Consumer (1/2 value). Use Armstrong LEED Calculator to obtain item recycled content values by item and project location.
MRc5 Regional Materials 1-2 pts •Option 1: Ceilings contribute if manufactured in a radius of 500 miles.
•Option 2: Additional contribution to 2nd point if extracted, harvested and manufactured within 500 miles.
MRc6 Rapidly Renewable Materials 1-2 pts Ceilings contribute to rapidly renewable content with renewable plant based binder. Obtain % per item from Armstrong LEED Calculator.
MRc7 Certified Wood 1 pt Armstrong WoodWorks offers products that are Forest Stewardship Council certified . Remember the entire chain of custody needs to meet FSC.
EQc4.4 EQc4-Schools Low Emitting Materials - Composite Wood 1 pt •EQc4.4 -Woodworks items that contain no added urea formaldehyde resins. CARB compliance.
•EQC4 Schools - Option 4.6 - Ceilings meet the requirements of the CDPH standard for emissions - All Mineral fiber and Optima PB meet CDPH standard and have VOC Certificates of Compliance.
EQc8.1 Daylight and Views - Daylight 1-2 pts Option 1: Contribute to luminance levels in simulation models with high LR.
Schools EQp3 EQc9 Minimum Acoustical Performance Enhanced Acoustical Performance 1 pt •EQp3 - Design the classroom to reduce reverb time. Ceilings contribute to reduction in reverb time. NRC .70 or higher.
•EQc9 Enhanced Acoustical Performance - Design classrooms to meet ANSI S-12 60 for STC and reverberation reduction.
ID Credits Innovation Credits 1 pt •We have successfully contributed to Innovation credits in the area of Acoustics by using the model for the Armstrong HQ innovation credit for acoustics. Visit the Armstrong Acoustic Sound Design mini-site.