A LEED on Green Construction

August 26, 2008

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Graphic Blast - Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified

Best Sign Systems is committed to products and manufacturing processes that address green construction requirements and contribute to a more sustainable future. Over 50% of Best Sign Systems’ sold products are composed of recycled and rapidly renewable materials. We invite you to consider our Graphic Blast MP product when specifying a LEED building.

About LEED

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System provides a national standard for what constitutes a “green building.” Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, it is used as a measurable tool to improve occupant well being and environmental sustainability.

LEED Rating Systems classify entire building projects and are based on numerous categories including Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, and Energy & Atmosphere. Individual building materials may contribute to categories such as Materials & Resources, Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design. High-pressure laminates used by BEST Sign Systems can contribute to the following credits under the LEED Rating System, Version 2.1 and the LEED Rating System for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI).

Materials and Resources:

Resource Reuse - Credit 3.1 and 3.2 (2 points possible)
Due to their durability and long life cycle, the solid phenolic laminates and high -pressure decorative laminate components can be salvaged and reused in new construction or building renovation.

Local/Regional Materials - Credit 5.1 and 5.2 (2 points possible)
Building products “manufactured” within a 500-mile radius of a project meet this requirement. “Manufacturing” is defined as the place of final assembly. Since the high-pressure laminates must be fabricated and/or assembled, they will likely qualify as a local/regional material.

Rapidly Renewable Materials - Credit 6 (1 point possible)
High-pressure laminates are engineered to perform successfully in component panels manufactured with rapidly renewable substrates including wheatboards and strawboards.

Indoor Environmental Quality

Low Emitting Materials - Credit 4.5 (1 point possible)
The high-pressure decorative laminates are GREENGUARD INDOOR AIR QUALITY CERTIFIED products that have demonstrated low chemical and particulate emissions.

Raw Materials

  • The construction of the laminate product is composed chiefly of resin and paper products
  • Raw material suppliers maximize postindustrial recycled materials in their processes. For instance, our suppliers only use renewable forest products and are actively planting more trees than are harvested to create the paper pulp. No rain forest timber or tropical hardwoods are used in laminate.
  • In the supplied paper products, there is approximately 40% recovered paper by weight.
  • Many suppliers are involved in programs to certify that their supplied products are environmentally responsible. For instance, Westvaco (supplier of kraft paper) has been awarded the National Geographic Society’s Chairman’s Award for Resource Conservation and Education.
  • Our products do not contain, nor are they manufactured with, ozone-depleting substances.


  • Most solid wastes that can be recycled are sold to other industries and used off site.
  • Water used in manufacturing for cooling purposes is recycled.
  • Heat from the incineration of laminate dust (from sanding) and the incineration of fumes released during resin treatment of paper are used to produce steam for the manufacturing plant that has substantially reduced energy use.