Metropolitan Ceramics® and LEED 2009

Individual products do not earn LEED points but can only contribute toward the certification process. Based on our review of LEED-NC Version 2009, we suggest that a LEED AP consider the following areas where Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile may contribute to gaining LEED points.

Metropolitan Ceramics® & LEED
The use of Metropolitan Ceramics® products may contribute to the following LEED points and LEED certification.
LEED Credit
MR Credit 5: Regional Materials: 1-2 Points
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.
Regional Materials Points
10% 1
20% 2
Metropolitan Advantage
Mined (as a by-product of coal strip mining) within 50 miles of the manufacturing facility. Metropolitan's manufacturing plant is centrally located in Canton, Ohio.
LEED Credit
MR Credit 4: Recycled Content: 1-2 Points
Intent - Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.
Regional Materials Points
10% 1
20% 2
Metropolitan Advantage
Metropolitan Ceramics' products are manufactured with up to in excess of 50% pre-consumer recycled material (EnviroQuarry). See Recycled Content Chart for content of individual offerings.
LEED Credit
ID Credit 1 : Innovation in Design - 1-5 Points
Intent - To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED Green Building Rating System.
Metropolitan Advantage
New sustainability Certification. Metropolitan Ceramics is Green Squared Certified by SCS Certification.
LEED Credit
SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect: Non-Roof - 1 Point
Intent - Reduce heat islands to minimize impact on micro climate and human and wildlife habitat.
Metropolitan Advantage
Metropolitan Ceramics unglazed tiles are available in light-reflective colors and can be used outdoors for areas such as patios, walkways, pool surrounds and courtyards.
LEED Credit
IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials: Flooring Systems - 1 Point
Intent - Reduce the quality of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installer and occupants.
Metropolitan Advantage
Metropolitan Ceramics unglazed quarry tile is kiln fired to temperatures in excess of 2000°F thus burning out any potential VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds). In addition, the vitreous state of the product after firing makes it both mold and bacteria resistant.
LEED Credit
IEQ Credit 4.1: Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealant - 1 Point
Intent - Reduce the quality of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installer and occupants.
Metropolitan Advantage
Most manufacturers of ceramic tile installation materials have moved to - no or low - VOC products.