LEED and Green Building with A Better Alternative to Foam Panels
The soundproofing industry recognized Audimute as a leading innovator of 'green' soundproofing solution. Many of the biggest names in acoustic panels make foam panels because they are cheap and easy to mass-produce. Foam panels do not qualify for projects seeking LEED certification, or simply concerned with environmentally conscious building and design. Audimute panels, in contrast, are all natural, with almost every component made of post- or pre-consumer recycled material and recyclable in the future. Audimute has proven that you can build to LEED standards and improve your acoustic environment at the same time!
What's the main difference between foam panels and Audimute's all natural acoustic panels?
Our panels are made using an innovate sound absorbing material we pioneered called eco-C-tex. Made from a blend of cotton and cellulose, eco-C-tex is the GREENEST acoustical absorption material on the market and offers a more eco-friendly option than traditional foam panels or fiberglass panels without sacrificing performance. By converting recycled paper into cellulose fibers, the main component in eco-C-tex, paper is kept out of landfills where it has the potential to pollute the environment. In addition, the eco-C-tex manufacturing process is eco-friendly, using only 1/10 of the energy required to produce fiberglass and 1/40 of the energy used to create foam.
So what is LEED Certification and how can Audimute help?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is comprehensive rating system that rewards builders for using resources responsibly. With more federal agencies rewarding LEED, this certification system is becoming more important than ever. Under LEED there are 100 possible base points that are distributed across these six categories:
- Sustainable Sites
- Water Efficiency
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation in Design
Points are rewarded to projects that meet the requirements explicitly stated under each category. The level of LEED certification you achieve is dependent up the amount of points your project earns. Audimute’s green building materials can help your project obtain points in the Materials and Resources category as well as the Indoor Environmental Quality category.
The Materials and Resources category aims to reward builders for using materials with recycled content and that are locally made. To obtain one point in this category, 10% of your building materials must be composed from post-consumer materials. All of our products are made with recycled materials, our Peacemaker® from recycled tires and our Acoustic Panels from recycled newspapers. Also all of our products are made in the USA and manufactured in Beachwood, Ohio. So if your building site is located within a 500 mile radius of Audimute you can obtain additional point towards your LEED certification.
Next, the Indoor Environmental Quality category, or IEQ, aims to reward projects for enhancing the air quality inside of a building and thus contributing to the overall health of the buildings occupants. To obtain four points in this category, builders should use low emitting materials that reduce the quantity of indoor air pollutants that could be potentially hazardous to the building’s installers or occupants. All of our acoustic products are made without adhesives and give off no V.O.C.’s, or Volatile Organic Compounds.
Finally, an additional point will be rewarded in the IEQ category if acoustic comfort for the building’s occupants is taken into consideration. With our non foam panels and other green building materials we make it easy to achieve acoustic comfort without interfering with the environmental goals of your project.