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What is LEED? Does it matter?

by | Sep 1, 2020 | Building & Construction, HVAC Tape

The term “LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification system for “green,” or environmentally sustainable, buildings.

LEED was developed by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a precedence for building design intended to be energy efficient, water efficient, environmentally responsible, and more. Today, many municipal, state, and national building codes require the use of building materials that are LEED-certified, and contractors who know which products qualify for LEED points are often the preferred choice.

Does LEED matter if my job doesn’t specify LEED materials? The short answer: Yes. Even if your job doesn’t necessarily require LEED materials, it should be a consideration because LEED-certified products, like HVAC tapes, can impact rebates and tax incentives for contractors. It is also good for your business to be knowledgeable about LEED-certified products for those jobs where they are preferred.

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As a Regional Sales Manager for Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Glenn Walter manages the sales force for half the country in the HVAC and Electrical markets. As a product manager for over four years previous to his current role, Glenn was responsible for leading the product development and marketing support for the Building and Construction Tapes category. Glenn started working with Shurtape in 2012. Before that, he owned construction and framing companies with his brothers. The years he spent on the jobsite helped him create a pretty good foundation in the building and construction fields – so he's been there, done that. It gives him a unique perspective when it comes to tape. Glenn is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics and Housing.