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Developing and Building Sustainably with James Hardie

James Hardie is committed to helping you build better, more sustainable projects by working with building science experts to understand the role our products play in the building envelope. The following information will help you determine how James Hardie® products contribute toward the overall performance of the building.

While there are many green guideline programs in the building industry, all share the goal of building a more efficient, healthier building environment for those who live or work there. The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) has created national guidelines (the LEED Program) from the collective experience of leading personnel in the green building movement.

While products alone do not provide points, James Hardie® siding products may contribute to the following LEED New Construction points: MR5 (MR4 for Homes) Recycled Content and MR5 (MR4 for Homes) Regional Materials.

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James Hardie interior products may contribute to the LEED New Construction points for Low-Emitting Materials as the HardieBacker® product line is certified GREENGUARD Gold. Please view the certificates at the following page:

A project-specific cutsheet in support of recycled and regional content claims is available upon request. Please contact for more information.

While all green programs share a common goal of more efficient, healthier building, they do not always measure every way a product can contribute toward a better structure. Durability, non-combustibility, less need for paint — all of these are important factors in green building.

  • Eight manufacturing facilities support the regional economy and reduce the environmental impact caused by transportation of materials.
  • We have high quality standards for raw materials, and at least 75% of raw materials are locally sourced.
  • Raw materials that are extracted and processed near each manufacturing facility also reduces transportation.
  • Raw materials are low in toxicity — Portland cement, cellulose pulp, sand, and water.
  • Durable fiber cement materials not only require fewer resources for replacement, but help reduce maintenance and repair costs.
  • Unique ColorPlus® Technology manufacturing process bakes on paint in our factories delivering a quality, consistent finish, eliminating VOCs during exterior painting. 15-year finish warranty ensures reduced need for repainting.
  • James Hardie siding is non-combustible in accordance with ASTM E 136 and can be installed to achieve MIAMI-DADE large and small missile impact rating.
  • Our Zero to Landfill Project demonstrates our vision for making our products as efficiently as possible and is currently focused on reducing our landfilled waste by half.
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Resists Damage From Wet, Humid Climates

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Resists Damage From Cold, Climates

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Resists Damage From Impact

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Resists Damage from Insects

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Resists Flame Spread

Green Experts:

"The single most important factor in green architecture is durability. If you want something to be green it has to last a long time. It has to handle water, heat and UV radiation. Fiber-cement handles all three exceptionally well."
- Joseph Lstiburek, BASC, MENG., PHD, PENG

"Green programs are intended to provide guidelines, however, they don't account for everything — good, common sense tells you that if a product is durable, doesn't rot, it will make your building better."
- Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA

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