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LEED

Various green building programs have been developed to help reduce buildings’ impact on the environment. The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, developed by the US Green Building Council, is one of the most widely used building rating systems in Northern America.

Mediterranean Colors, LLC is dedicated to promote sustainable materials that maintain the value of old and new buildings, while improving their energy efficiency, life cycle, impact on occupants, and esthetic appeal. By specifying eco stucco™ products architects and designers can significantly contribute to project’s rating toward LEED® certification.

eco stucco™ is a range of proprietary lime plasters designed to provide healthy, functional, and sustainable mineral finishes for interior, exterior walls and ceilings. These finish systems decorate and embellish walls & facades in the form of artistically hand-troweled artisan plasters. Essentially composed of natural mineral with minimal but expert preparation, eco stucco™ results in a long lasting crust of calcium carbonate derived from both the presence of sand and the carbonation of lime.

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MATERIAL & RESOURCES: MR 1-1 & MR 1-2
OBJECTIVE: Encourage the reuse of existing buildings, while extending their life cycle and conserving resources, reducing waste, and reducing the environmental impacts of manufacturing and transporting new materials.
SOLUTION: Resurfacing an existing building is carried-out to repair, protect, and embellish its ceilings, walls and façades.  Recommended products used in this endeavor are UNILIME and DECOLIME.

MATERIAL & RESOURCES: MR 2-1 & MR 2-2
OBJECTIVE: Minimize the amount of construction, demolition and land clearing debris that goes to a landfill or incinerator by recycling and /or salvaging the debris for future use.
SOLUTION: eco stucco™ products are packaged in bags or carton boxes that can typically be recycled through traditional waste management programs. In addition, all eco stucco™ finish products are delivered white and are tinted on site, reducing leftover waste material.

MATERIAL & RESOURCES: MR 5-1 & MR 5-2
OBJECTIVE: Encourage the use of materials that are extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project location, thus reducing environmental impact caused by transportation of materials.
SOLUTION: Typically, sand makes 50 to 70% of the material volume by weight of plaster. It is resourced regionally near project sites where it is extracted. Recommended eco stucco™ products used in this endeavor are PRIMA, PRIMA LITE, and TRADILIME.

INDOOR ENVIRRONMENTAL QUALITY: IQ 4-1 & IQ 4-2
OBJECTIVE: Reduce indoor air contaminants that can be harmful to product installers and building occupants.
SOLUTION: During installation and ever after eco stucco™ base coats, finish coats, and sealers emit virtually no Volatile Organic Compounds and greatly help to eliminate sick building syndrome and other effects such as allergic sensitization or asthmatic symptoms. ALL eco stucco™ products are recommended to this endeavor.

INNOVATION IN DESIGN: ID 1-1 & ID 1-4
OBJECTIVE: Allow additional points to be awarded for exceptional performance beyond LEED requirements, or for innovative performance in Green Building categories not addressed by the rating system.
SOLUTION: Glass, smooth exterior finishes reduce the amount of maintenance to keep the building clean. Historically, eco stucco™ products have proven a longer life cycle compared to traditional coatings, requiring minimal maintenance and  renovation over the life of the building. eco stucco™ also offers an alternative to ceramic tiles, quarried stones, and bricks, contributing to fewer high-embodied energy resources.

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