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What is LEED?

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Buying Republic automatically qualifies you for Credits One and Two…

Credit One

Post Industrial

MR Credit(s) 4.1 and 4.2 Recycled Content – Post-Industrial

At least 25% of the metal lockers & shelving produced at our manufacturing facility (Republic Storage Products LLC.) is post-industrial content as defined by the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims 16 CFR 260.7 (e) and therefore qualify for this credit.

Credit Two

Recycled Content Pre-Consumer and Post-Consumer

MR Credit (s) 4.1 and 4.2 Recycled Content – Pre-Consumer

At least 25% of the metal in lockers, shelving & storage products produced at the above manufacturing facility is post-industrial content as defined by the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims 16 CFR 260.7 (e) and therefore qualify for this credit.

MR Credit (s) 4.1 and 4.2 Recycled Content – Post-Consumer At least 25% of the metal in lockers produced at the above manufacturing facility is post-consumer content as defined by the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims 16 CFR 260.7 (e) and therefore qualify for this credit.

Credit Three

Manufactured Regionally

MR Credit 5.1 Regional Materials –
Manufactured Regionally

Metal lockers & shelving produced at our manufacturing facility (Republic Storage Products LLC.) that are less than 500 miles from the project site.

Your project location must be within 500 miles of a Republic Storage Products LLC location to qualify for Credit Three. Use your project site address to calculate the distance from: 

Montgomery, IL
Paris, IL 
Watseka, IL

To: Customers & Distributors with questions about Product Recycling & LEED Certification

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Their goal is working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

As a manufacturer of steel storage products, locker, and steel metal furniture, Republic Storage cannot seek nor obtain the LEED’s building construction or design credit or certification, as LEED applies to green building projects. Individual products can only contribute to points under the rating system; LEED criteria are performance-based. In attempting to meet these requirements, LEED practitioners identify products that have desired attributes. However, some LEED criteria do require specific product data as a part of a successful submittal. Historically our product is handled as furniture rather than building construction material. But for those who need to evaluate our product as Environmentally friendly or not friendly, here is pertinent information.

Our products are corrosion-coated steel. By its nature, steel is the number one recycled material. Our products (lockers, storage products, and metal furniture) in are 100% recyclable. Out products are packaged in cardboard on wood skids and are also 100% recyclable. Steel an excellent “Green “ construction material. They contain no hazardous material (except steel) and have no PCB’s or asbestos in them.

Per the Iron and Steel Institute:

  • Steel made in an electric furnace is made of 100% recycled steel with a post consumer portion of 83.4 % recycled.
  • Steel made in a Blast Furnace is made of over 30% recycled steel with a post consumer portion of 80% recycled.

Therefore, the exact percent of recycled and post consumer recycled is proportional to the ratio of electric furnace steel to Blast furnace steel that is in any particular steel product. Our steel mix varies greatly and we can only give this as an expected range.
The Green Building Resource Guide indicates most building construction averages a 70% recycled content and almost all of that (80%), is post consumer recycled steel. They state, steel is efficient because there is very little waste, and it won’t rot or be consumed by termites. Also, steel is non-toxic, it will not off-gas, and will not contaminate indoor air quality. Steel structures have many environmental benefits and are considered very green. Steel’s only draw back is that steel can consume up to 1,450 kwh /ton (2400btu/pound) to manufacture, but its strength and long life far out weighs the energy loss of remaking alternative materials.

Our Company has a long history of compliance to all EPA rules and regulations (air, water, and waste) and has maintained pollution levels 25% to 30 % below our EPA Limits. We recycle steel, cardboard, paper, batteries, light bulbs, empty drums, scrap paint, and many other items. Although our very old manufacturing building has not been LEED’s rated, our Management are committed to do all we can to have our Plant and products environmentally safe and friendly.

GREENGUARD Gold Certification

Republic’s complete line of products achieves GREENGUARD Gold Certification

UL Environment’s GREENGUARD Certification program helps manufacturers create – and helps buyers identify and trust – interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. All certified products must meet stringent emissions standards based on established chemical exposure criteria.

UL applauds Republic Storage’s achievement of UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for their locker, shelving, and storage systems. “Achieving GREENGUARD Certification indicates a product’s compliance with strict third-party product emissions standards, and products that have lower chemical emissions can contribute to healthier indoor air quality.” said Alberto Uggetti, Vice President and General Manager, UL furniture division.

Achieving GREENGUARD Gold Certification demonstrates Republic Storage Product’s firm commitment to the health and safety of the product users, and to our environment. UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), acquired GREENGUARD in 2011, further advancing its mission of promoting global sustainability, environmental health, and safety. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world. Additionally, the GREENGUARD Product Guide serves as a free online tool for finding certified low-emitting products for offices, hospitals, schools, homes, and more.

GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.

View Republic’s GREENGUARD Certified products in the GREENGUARD Product Guide. All products have been screened for more than 10,000 chemicals.

Each certified product listing contains a certificate of compliance, which streamlines the verification and paperwork required for LEED® and other sustainable building programs.