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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 projects may contribute to the following LEED NC points: MR 5.1 and 5.2 (Regional Materials) and MR 4.1 and 4.2 (Recycled Content).

For programs requiring documentation of Recycled Content or Regional Materials, call James Hardie Technical Services at 1-866-4HARDIE. Provide the project zip code and materials specified and you will be provided a letter documenting James Hardie's contributions.

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.

  • Nine manufacturing facilities support the regional economy and reduce the environmental impact caused by transportation of materials.
  • Raw materials that are extracted and processed near each manufacturing facility also reduces transportation.
  • Raw materials are low in toxicity — wood pulp, cement, sand and water (recycled up to 4 times).
  • Longer lasting materials not only require fewer resources for replacement but also 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.
  • Manufacturing processes focus on quality, first-run materials. Zero to Landfill project aimed at reducing amount of raw materials waste sent to the landfills by half.
James Hardie and Green

Resists Damage From Wet, Humid Climates

James Hardie and Green

Resists Damage From Cold, Climates

James Hardie and Green

Resists Damage From Impact

James Hardie and Green

Resists Damage from Insects

James Hardie and Green

Resists Flame Spread

Green Experts:

Member of the Green Council

"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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