AVL Systems, Inc.
Environmental Statement – LEED Contribution
As a Member of the U.S. Green Building Council, AVL Systems is an active participant in the leadership and support of LEED initiatives. Through this affiliation, AVL continues a 30+ year commitment to our employees, customers and friends, and the environment, for a sustainable and environmentally friendly workplace, “green” products and public environmental stewardship.
Corporate History – Environmental Stewardship
For over 30 years, AVL Systems, Inc. has optimized manufacturing processes and our workplace to support the corporate mission and philosophy of
REDUCE – REUSE – RECYLE
Our Corporate Initiatives have resulted in ecological-friendly and sustainable manufacturing processes and products for our customers; and a healthy workplace for our employees.
In procurement and production, our mission is to minimize and reduce the use of all materials used in the manufacture of our end products. Production scrap materials are collected and re-used to manufacture secondary products thereby eliminating waste by-products of substrates and fabrics. Chemical use is non-solvent based and our processes reduce emissions in our chemical processes. The manufacturing plant utilizes a design which permits natural lighting for 90% of production time thereby greatly reducing energy use. Our Plant supervisors monitor and conduct regular equipment duty cycles to maximize energy usage of our machinery and factory systems.
In addition, to support reduction of waste in the field, our products are custom manufactured to size, eliminating field-cut waste on the construction site.
AVL Systems, Inc. is proud to offer end-user products that are manufactured and completed with 93% content post-consumer recycled materials. These recycled materials include: Fabrics and Facings, various core materials, chemicals and contents, packaging, fiberglass, and metals. For all phases of manufacturing and business process, AVL procures materials which are environmentally responsible, resource efficient and sustainable. In addition, our goal is to procure materials from local suppliers to reduce transportation emissions and energy use.
Summary of AVL Environmental Record
As the leader for over 25 years in the design and manufacture of Acoustical Systems and Products, AVL Systems, Inc. is proud to lead our industry in utilizing environmentally friendly materials and processes. These demonstrated initiatives reflect our commitment to our principles of developing an environment friendly workplace and products for sustainable living and green initiatives desired and mandated by our clients.
- Reduction of chemical process “off-gassing” and pollutant emissions
- Custom manufacture to size, reducing field-cut waste
- Energy reduction through optimization of manufacturing equipment
- Procurement of materials which are environmentally friendly
- Use of recycled or recyclable product packaging
- Use of low content or no content VOC chemicals and adhesives
- Reduction of landfill waste deposits through Reduction and Reuse of materials and supplies
- Reduction of energy use with natural plant lighting
- Procure materials, components, and systems from local suppliers to reduce transportation energy and emissions
- Reduce & eliminate use of discardable shipping and packaging materials
- Monitor and Reduce use of air conditioning
- Deploy on-site Power Company Energy Reduction Plan
- Independent Test Results Findings – AVL plant process emissions found at levels over 5 times below threshold level for industrial emissions
The benefits to our suppliers and end-users can be found in both improvement to quality of life and opportunity to earn credits in the US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL’S Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by contributing to the overall and Commercial Interiors Rating System as described in following pages.
Why AVL Builds Green
The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health and productivity. In the United States, buildings account for:
- 36% of total energy use
- 65% of electricity consumption
- 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
- 30% of raw materials use
- 30% of waste output/136 million tons annually
- 12% of potable water consumption
Breakthroughs in building science, technology and operations are available to designers, builders and owners who want to build “green” and maximize both economic and environmental performance. Environmental benefits:
- Enhance and protect ecosystems and bio diversity
- Improve air and water quality
- Reduce solid waste
- Conserve natural resources
- Reduce operating costs
- Enhance asset value and profits
- Improve employee productivity and satisfaction
- Optimize life-cycle economic performance
Health and community benefits:
- Improve air, thermal and acoustic environments
- Enhance occupant comfort and health
- Minimize strain on local infrastructure
- Contribute to overall quality of life
AVL Systems Inc. USGBC LEED Contribution
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System created by USGBC, is a voluntary building certification program that defines high-performance green buildings, which are more environmentally responsible, healthier, and more profitable structures. LEED was created to establish a common standard of measurement for what constitutes a “green” building. LEED serves as a design guideline for green building and offers third party validation of a building’s green features. LEED evaluates buildings in five areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. Within these credit areas, points are available and depending on the number of points a project earns determines the level of certification the building will be awarded. There are four progressive levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED addresses a variety of buildings and building project types through individualized systems, including:
- New Construction
- Existing Buildings
- Commercial Interiors
- Core & Shell
Does the LEED Rating System Recommend Building Products?
No, USGBC certifies buildings and tenant spaces under the LEED rating system, not the materials that are used to construct the building.
But within the LEED rating systems, building products contribute to achieving LEED points following performance based requirements. To meet these requirements, practitioners identify products that have attributes that contribute to the project’s aggregate environmental or health value.
AVL Systems’ Products and the LEED Rating System
The LEED Building Rating System was established by the USGBC to evaluate all aspects of design and construction to emphasize
- Energy efficiency
- Overall Health of the Building
As such, the use of environmentally progressive manufactured materials can contribute to the overall rating of the construction project.
As an active Member of the USGBC, AVL Systems’ in-house LEED CI AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – Commercial Interiors Accredited Professional) assists Project Managers and Professionals to identify and catalogue areas of available credit for AVL Systems Acoustical Products which will contribute to an aggregate score for LEED Certification.
And, as a part of our Total Professional Service, AVL Systems provides this assessment and the necessary Original Manufacturer’s Material Certifications to our Partner/Customers on a per project basis.