PaperStone® is an architectural composite material made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper that is certified to Forest Stewardship Council standards by the Smartwood program of The Rainforest Alliance. Accordingly, PaperStone® plays a role in enabling a building project to acquire Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points toward certification.
The LEED Green Building Rating System,® developed by the U.S. Green Building Council under contract with the US Department of Energy, is a voluntary standard for developing environmentally responsible, low emission, high-performance, sustainable buildings. Individual materials and products used in buildings are not certified. LEED certification is for the entire construction project. Through a rigorous process of third-party verification by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) the project earns “points” toward achieving a level of certification (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum). Use of PaperStone can contribute to the accumulation of LEED points in the selected credit categories of Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design.