4.4.1 Regional Materials
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. (Source: USGBC)
The USGBC defines regional materials as building materials that have been extracted, harvested or recovered within 500 miles (805 km) of the project site as well as manufactured within 500 miles (805 km) of the project site. Extraction and harvest locations are used for products made from virgin materials, and refer to the original location of those materials, such as the forest wood is harvested from or the quarry from which stone is extracted. Recovery locations are used for salvaged and reused materials, and refer to the location of salvage.
Specify products made from regional materials. Governments and corporations can promote use of regionally manufactured products through their own purchasing programs and guidelines. Identify material suppliers that can achieve established project goals for regional materials. During construction ensure that the specified local materials are installed according to agreed upon quantities.
The use of regional building materials is more cost effective for projects due to reduced transportation cost. In addition, it supports the local economy with respect to labor forces and community capital.
The project materials directly relate to the origins of the site, culture and the people. Further benefits include conservation of energy and resources, as well as reduced pollution associated with transportation.
Consider a range of environmental, economic, performance and aesthetic attributes when selecting regional products and materials.
1.1.1 Site Selection