Product Execution of LEED™ Version 3 Goals

Invisible Structures’ product line can significantly contribute to LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) categories. There are many LEED™ Certified project with our product line on them – please search our Project Profiles and use the term “LEED” in the keyword field. Download a pdf of the LEED™ Execution by Category, or by Product.

MPR = Minimum Project Requirements            SS = Sustainable Sites
WE = Water Efficiency                                    MR = Materials and Resources

  • MPR #1:  Must Comply with Environmental Laws – Grasspave2, Gravelpave2, Rainstore3, and/or Slopetame2 can help each site comply with NPDES Phase II, an Environmental Law addressing the reduction of NPS Pollution in Stormwater among other things.
  • SS Credit 5.1:  Site Development – Protect or Restore Habitat (1 Point):  To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.
    • Case 1:
      • Use of Grasspave2, Gravelpave2 or Rainstore3 with permeable cover extends the boundary of site disturbance from 10 feet to 25 feet, allowing for more room to work during construction.
      • Use of Beachrings2 anywhere on site would not classify as site disturbance.  Great for use as walkway or ADA accessible surface.
    • Case 2:
      • Installing Grasspave2, Slopetame2, or Rainstore3 in areas previously developed with asphalt or concrete, and seeding over these areas with native plants, would contribute to the percent of area restored.
      • If the site were earning SS Credit 2:  Development Density and Community Connectivity, using Draincore2 and/or Grasspave2 in a vegetated roof seeded with native plants would contribute to the percent of area restored.
  • SS Credit 5.2:  Site Development – Maximize Open Space (1 Point):  To promote biodiversity by providing a high ratio of open space to development footprint.
    • For All 3 Cases:
      • Use of Grasspave2 and Slopetame2 will increase the vegetated open space necessary to achieve this credit.
      • If a site also earns SS Credit 2, use of Draincore2 and/or Grasspave2 on a vegetated roof will count toward the vegetated area requirement of this credit.

 

  • SS Credit 6.1:  Stormwater Design – Quantity Control (1 Point):  To limit disruption of natural hydrology by reducing impervious cover, increasing on-site infiltration, reducing or eliminating pollution from stormwater runoff and eliminating contaminants.
    • All Cases:
      • Use of Grasspave2 and Gravelpave2 minimizes impervious surfaces and increases infiltration.
      • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with an impermeable liner, allows for short or long-term underground water storage for non-potable uses.
      • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with a non-woven geotextile, increases infiltration and groundwater recharge.
      • Draincore2 and/or Grasspave2on a vegetated roof will minimize impervious surface area.
      • Use of Slopetame2 will protect stream channel from excessive erosion.
  • SS Credit 6.2:  Stormwater Design – Quality Control (1 Point):  To limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff.
    • All Cases:
      • Use of Grasspave2 and Gravelpave2 minimizes impervious surfaces, increasing infiltration, and reducing pollutant loads.
      • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with an impermeable liner, allows for short or long-term underground water storage for non-potable uses.
      • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with a non-woven geotextile, increases infiltration and groundwater recharge.
      • Draincore2 and/or Grasspave2on a vegetated roof will minimize impervious surface area.
      • Use of Slopetame2 can be used in vegetated swales to reduce imperviousness and promote infiltration and thereby reduce pollutant load.

 

  • SS Credit 7.1:  Heat Island Effect – Nonroof (1 Point):  To reduce heat islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitats.
    • Option 1:
      • Use of Grasspave2 will qualify as “open grid pavements system” and can be computed toward area calculation
      • Use of Gravelpave2 will qualify when filled with gravel material with an SRI of at least 29
    • Option 2:
      • Draincore2 and/or Grasspave2 can be used on a vegetated roof to cover a parking area to reduce heat absorption.
  • SS Credit 7.2:  Heat Island Effect – Roof (1 Point):  To reduce head islands to minimize impacts on microclimates and human and wildlife habitat.
    • Option 2 and 3:

 

  • WE Prerequisite 1:  Water Use Reduction (REQUIRED):  To increase water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
    • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with an impermeable liner, allows for short or long-term underground water storage for non-potable water sewage conveyance.
  • WE Credit 1:  Water Efficient Landscaping (2-4 Points):  To limit or eliminate the use of potable water or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site for landscape irrigation.
    • For Both Options:  Option 1. Reduce by 50% (2 Points) or Option 2. No Potable Water Use or Irrigation (4 Points)
      • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with an impermeable liner, allows for short or long-term underground water storage for irrigation use.
      • Draincore2 and/or Grasspave2 can be used on a vegetated roof to collect stormwater and convey it to Rainstore3 to store for irrigation use.

 

  • WE Credit 2:  Innovative Wastewater Technologies (2 Points):  To reduce wastewater generation and potable water demand while increasing the local aquifer recharge.
    • Option 1:
      • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with an impermeable liner, allows for short or long-term underground water storage for non-potable water sewage conveyance.
  • WE Credit 3:  Water Use Reduction:  To further increase water efficiency within buildings to reduce the burden on municipal water supply and wastewater systems.
    • Use of Rainstore3, when installed with an impermeable liner, allows for short or long-term underground water storage for non-potable water sewage conveyance.

 

  • MR Credit 4:  Recycled Content (1-2 Points):  To increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.
  • MR Credit 5:  Regional Materials (1-2 Points):  To 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.

All products:  Grasspave2, Gravelpave2, Slopetame2, Draincore2, Rainstore3, and Beachrings2 can qualify as long as the project is within 500 miles of Aurora, CO