SMDI Releases Guide to Green Building Certification

Written by Sandy Williams

The Steel Market Development Institute has released “LEED v4 for Steel Products Used in Construction Applications,” a guide for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

“A rapidly-evolving green building industry and increasing demand for sustainability have led to a number of updates and a more rigorous certification process in LEED v4,” said Mark Thimons, Vice President, Sustainability for SMDI. “The new process places an increased focus on material and resource transparency. This new guide for steel construction products will help builders leverage steel’s sustainability benefits to meet their certification goals.”

Steel offers more than credits for recycling content. The guide illustrates how companies can earn credits for steel use in a number of categories such as materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, and sustainability sites.

The guide is available for download at


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