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Getting LEED Credits with Natural Stone Tile

Posted by Daltile Team on Jul 22, 2015 7:30:00 AM

There are so many LEED credits, certification levels, categories, and points, you may feel like you need a LEED specialist to keep it all straight. It’s not as hard as it seems to add up those points and get the certification you want.

The leader in green building, LEED is dedicated to rewarding you for employing sustainable practices in your construction, design, and architecture business. The trick is to know what will earn you points and include as many of these practices as possible.

One of the easiest ways to earn LEED points is by using tile in your projects. For the Homes category, any project that installs at least 90% hard flooring earns points. Tile made with pre or postconsumer recycled materials are big winners, but natural stone tile can earn points too.

THE NEW AMERICAN HOME photo features Travertine in Durango on the floor

Natural stone tiles promote indoor air quality. Tile and stone have very low to no VOCs. That means indoor air is cleaner, healthier, and greener. And you’re one step closer to your LEED certification with points for green materials.

Sunset Green Home Uses Calacatta Marble for LEED Credit

After hurricanes Irene and Sandy pummeled the east coast in 2011 and 2012, it left a cute, little 1940s home unsafe and damaged beyond repair. With a renewed sense of respect for nature, the owners decided to rebuild with resiliency and sustainability at the center of the project. And LEED became their bread and butter.

Dozens of little tweaks to the design and construction are slowly making the LEED credits add up. One of our favorites is the flooring. The Sunset Green Home is installing 100% hard floor surfaces. The beachfront property has spared no expense in creating a luxurious getaway, including natural stone tile in the master bathroom.

Calacatta Gold honed marble in 24 x 24 inch tiles were installed in the master bath and custom cut 3 x 3 inch tiles were installed on the shower floor. The vanity and shower walls were covered in 12 x 24 tiles, further increasing the sustainable and healthy surfaces in the home.

Natural stone floor encourages safe and neutral cleaners. Natural stone must be cared for differently than other hard flooring surfaces. It can be damaged by harsh chemicals just as easily as the environment can. Encourage your clients to empty their cupboards of harmful chemicals and show them that they can clean stone with pH neutral products. Even warm water and a soft mop can be enough to restore a floor to its natural beauty. You might not get LEED points for this, but it’s the type of attitude the best green builders in the industry have.

Some natural stone tiles are fabricated right here in the USA. Local sourcing decreases emissions from transportation and earns you regional priority credits with LEED.


Daltile would love to help you earn LEED points and make the certification a breeze. Visit to find out more about Greenworks, our green building program that helps you make the most of your LEED points:

•    Search our map to find a manufacturing facility within 500 miles of your location.
•    Get a LEED certification letter that verifies the recycled content of our materials.
•    Glance at our quick reference guide to find products made or fabricated in the USA.
•    Search our products by amount of recycled content.

Whether you want stone or ceramic tile, our online tools make earning credits simple. Check it out today.

Topics: Commercial, Stone

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