A Product Solution for Green Architecture and Sustainable Building Design

In today’s world, an awareness and demand for energy efficient, environmentally friendly products is rapidly growing. Manufacturers have been challenged to meet the demand for products that are “greener” and long lasting, particularly such as insulation and roofing materials.

MCA clay tiles are qualified by the U.S. Green Building Counsel’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which, among other things, promotes integrated, whole-building design practices, and recognizes environmental leadership in the building industry. Creating a “green” building, in effect, means matching the products and materials to the specific project design and site in order to minimize the overall environmental impact. In the past, building green was often associated with higher “first costs” versus savings on the “life cycle” maintenance costs. But, today, building green is a good long-term investment that doesn’t have to cost more than a building with traditional materials. Saving energy not only benefits the environment and saves money by lowering energy costs, but also, MCA’s “Cool Roof” tile comes at no additional cost.

The Energy Star program has long recognized the consumer and environmental benefits of energy efficient products. This program also establishes the criteria for product qualification under LEED. In addition to earning the Energy Star rating on many of its products, MCA Clay Roof tile can also contribute to earning LEED rating points. Below is a list of the Credits that can be earned by using MCA Clay Roof tile.

EA - Energy & Atmosphere
Credit 1 Optimize Energy Performance

Many of MCA’s colors meet the Energy Star standards and would assist in reaching the specified reduction of design energy cost.

MR -Materials & Resources
Credit 4.1 Recycled Content 10% (1point)
Credit 4.2 Recycled Content 20% (1 additional point)
Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 10% (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project.
The recycled content value of a material assembly shall be determined by weight. The recycled fraction of the assembly is then multiplied by the cost of assembly to determine the recycled content value.

Note: 25% of MCA’s clay content is pre-consumer recycled material
Equation 1
Recycled content Value ($)=(% post-consumer recycled content x material cost) +0.5 x (% pre-consumer recycled content x material cost)

Equation 2
Percent Recycled Content = Total Recycled content Value ($)
Total Materials Cost ($)

*Credit 5.1 Local/Regional Materials 10%
**Credit 5.2 Regional Materials 20%

Use building materials or products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for a minimum of 10% (based on cost) of the total materials value. If only a fraction of a product is extracted/harvested/recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value.

Equation 1
Percent Local Materials = Total Cost of Local Materials ($)
Total Materials Cost ($)

*M.C.A.’s plant is located in Corona, CA, so for projects in Southern California, credit will be given for manufacturing the product within 500 miles.
**100% of the materials used in the manufacturing process were extracted within 500 miles of the project site.

SS - Sustainable Sites
Credit 7.2 Heat Island Effect

Reduce Heat Islands to minimize the impact on microclimate and human and wildlife habitat.

Option 1
Use roofing materials that have a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) equal to or greater than 29 for roof slopes >2:12.

MCA has 33 colors listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council that meet this requirement. (Click here for more information)

(Please note that if you are working in version 2.0 or 2.1 Credit Substitution using version 2.2 is available. Please click here for more information

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