“As a company, Boral continually strives for innovation in our building product offerings and manufacturing processes to limit our impact on the natural environment,” said Brian Below, General Manager for Boral Composites Inc. “Achieving LEED Silver at our East Spencer facility demonstrates our corporate commitment to the health and safety of the communities we operate in and to the employees that work with us.”
The manufacturing facility obtained final design and construction credits for its LEED certification in all categories, with the energy efficiency of the manufacturing equipment, lighting, appliances, and other systems all key drivers for credits earned. Additional standout credits were received through the roughly 70% of construction waste that was recycled and kept out of local landfills.
“Our innovative solutions in the design and construction of this facility were designed to help Boral continue its stewardship in manufacturing and product sustainability,” said Molly Jones, Director of Sustainable Facilities at SAIC.
Boral locally sourced a large portion of the materials and equipment used to build the plant and integrated a high level of recycled materials into the facility design. To achieve this, Boral Composites looked to sister company Boral Material Technologies Inc. for their expertise in concrete mix design. Boral Material Technologies markets coal combustion products and helped to engineer a concrete mix that maximized fly ash content, repurposing the by-product of coal combustion to benefit the environment.
“It is important to Boral to be respectful neighbors to Rowan County and its community residents,” notes Ken Bruns, Plant Manager for the Boral Composites Inc. facility.
The new Boral Composites Inc. facility utilizes a “first-of-its-kind”, proprietary manufacturing process to create the breakthrough product Boral TruExterior® Trim, a long-lasting and low maintenance trim option for builders and remodelers offering superior workability and durability. A sustainable product, it is ideal for a variety of non-structural applications such as fascia boards, soffits, frieze boards, rake boards, garage door casings, window surround, and door trim.
An internationally recognized green building program, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. A voluntary consensus-based and market-driven program, LEED provides third-party verification of green buildings.
About Boral TruExterior® Trim: Recently named one of the “101 Best New Products” by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines, Boral TruExterior® Trim is manufactured by Boral Composites Inc., which is headquartered in Roswell, GA and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boral USA. Boral Composites Inc. is a manufacturer of sustainable exterior building products, which reside in the poly-ash category.
About Boral USA:
Headquartered in Roswell, Georgia, Boral USA is the holding company for Boral’s US operations which include leading manufacturers in the building material industry. Boral USA’s subsidiaries include Boral Bricks: #1 manufacturer of clay brick in the United States, Boral Roofing: the nation’s leading manufacturer of clay and concrete roof tiles, Boral Stone Products, manufacturer of Cultured Stone®: #1 Brand of manufactured stone veneer, Boral Composites Inc.: manufacturer of Boral TruExterior® Trim: #1 Brand of poly-ash exterior trim products.