Overview

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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Armstrong Certifications

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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Armstrong Ceiling and Suspension Systems Qualified for LEED Credits

ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE

EA Credit 1: OPTIMIZE ENERGY PERFORMANCE
Intent: Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the baseline standard to reduce environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.

To aid in reducing lighting power density which lowers energy and maintenance costs, Armstrong High Light Reflectance ceilings and systems provide the same level of illuminance with fewer luminaries. This will assist in reducing lighting and HVAC energy costs up to 25% in new or existing building structures where a High Light Reflectance ceiling is installed along with indirect lighting. Also steps to reduce the number of fixtures and reduce the wattage of lamps should be taken.

The number of LEED credits awarded for such improvements are different for new and existing building structures.
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES

MR Credit 4.1, 4.2 – RECYCLED CONTENT (10% & 20% post-consumer + 1/2 pre-consumer)
Intent: Increase the demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.

Armstrong ceiling products contain 23% – 83% recycled content. For specific post-consumer breakdowns, please contact Armstrong customer service center for exact percentages for your specific products.

Armstrong products must be aggregated with all other recycled content materials in order to achieve this credit. Innovation credits are available for higher levels of recycled content used on LEED projects.

MR Credit 5.1, 5.2 REGIONAL MATERIALS LEED NC – 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally LEED CI – 20% Manufactured Regionally

Intent: Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation. LEED NC – Use building products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for minimum of 10% or 20% (based on cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of the product is extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.

LEED CI – Use a minimum of 20% of all construction and Division 12 (Furniture) materials and products that are manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles.
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

EQ Credit 8.1, 8.2 – DAYLIGHT AND VIEWS
Intent: Provide the occupants with a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors through the introduction of daylight and views into the regularly occupied areas of the building.

Armstrong Hi-LR ceilings can aid in extending daylighting into the space. A typical acoustical ceiling reflects just 75% of the light striking the surface, while a high light reflectance ceiling is engineered to reflect up to 90% of the light striking the surface. Recent independent studies have shown a 10-15% daylighting effectiveness increase. A separate study concluded that a Hi-LR ceiling could achieve the LEED credit with up to 12% less glazing than with a standard ceiling with a light reflection of 75%. Factor Hi-LR ceilings into your daylight simulation model.