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TruGrain™ made with Resysta® combines natural materials in a proprietary blend to achieve the look and feel of natural wood without impacting a single tree. TruGrain is comprised of rice husks, an agricultural waste by-product, and is combined with a synthetic plastic polymer, calcium carbonate and other additives, the result is a product almost indistinguishable from exotic hardwoods. TruGrain is 100 % recyclable within the manufacturing process. Unlike wood, TruGrain is water resistant and will not crack or splinter, resulting in a much longer life span.
 
Through material innovation and product design, TruGrain effectively combines nature and science to produce a beautiful, durable product at a competitive price. TruGrain can earn points under various third party sustainable design and construction programs.

LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 

LEED is a rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council to measure the environmental impact of building design, construction and operations. LEED certification is measured in points and is based on how much a building reduces operating costs and overall impact on the environment. 

LEED New Construction and Major Renovations Certificates are awards according to the following scale:

Certified 40-49 points
Silver 50-59 points
Gold 60-79 points
Platinum 80 points and over


LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 

Beginning on November 1, 2016, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED v4will take effect. The sunset date – thelast day projects can submit for certification – under LEED v2009 is June 30, 2021. Projects pursuing LEED v2009 certification must have been registered with USGBC by October 31, 2016.

Under LEED v4, TruGrain may qualify for the following credits when following all USGBC requirements:

Sustainable Sites

Heat Island Reduction (1-2 points)

  • TruGrain Decking may qualify as a non-roof strategy for reducing the urban heat island effect due to the qualifying Solar Reflectance Index value of certain colors of the Resysta 2K Sealer RFS.

Materials & Resources

Building Product Disclosure & Optimization – material ingredients (1 point)

  • TruGrain products have a complete, published Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards; it is available on our website here.

Under LEED v3 (LEED v2009) for New Construction, TruGrain may qualify for the following credits when following all USGBC requirements:

Innovation in Design

ID Credit 1: Rapidly Renewable Materials 5% - 1 point

  • TruGrain products are made from 25% rice husks, an agricultural waste by-product of rice, which is a rapidly renewable material.

Materials & Resources

MR Credit 5: Regional Materials, 10% or 20% Manufactured Regionally – 1-2 points

  • TruGrain manufacturing facilities are located in the following zip code: 47620

MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials – 1 point

  • TruGrain products are made from 25% rice husks.
  • Rice husks are derived from rice plants, which are harvested within a 10-year cycle.

MR Credit 6.1: Material Disclosure and Assessment – 1 point

  • TruGrain products have material disclosure via the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, click hereto view.

Sustainable Sites

SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect/Nonroof – 1 point

  • TruGrain Decking can qualify as a non-roof strategy for reducing the urban heat island effect due to the qualifying Solar Reflectance Index value of certain colors of the Resysta 2K Sealer RFS.
For further information or questions on PVC please click here.

Disclaimer:The product information represented in this document has been provided by Westech Building Products. Final ruling of credits is determined by USGBC.



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