7 Ways MgO Panels Contribute to LEED Certification

Scott Lidberg Mar 23, 2023 mgO

As the construction industry moves towards sustainability, adopting eco-friendly building materials like magnesium oxide (MgO) panels is essential. These innovative materials not only offer numerous environmental benefits but also contribute to LEED certification, a globally recognized green building rating system.  . 

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If you are working on a building project that will have LEED certification, this blog presents seven ways MgO panels contribute credits to achieving LEED certification in construction projects.  


1.  Sustainable Resources - LEED MR Credit 6

MgO panels are manufactured using a closed-loop system that recycles all process byproducts, including water, dust, and scraps. This approach minimizes waste and promotes resource conservation, making it an excellent choice for projects aiming to achieve LEED MR Credit 6 for sustainable resources.     

2.  Packaging Efficiency - LEED MR Credits 2 and 4

The packaging of MgO panels is optimized through palletization, which reduces the quantity of packaging materials needed. The use of reusable or recycled materials in packaging is also encouraged. This packaging efficiency can contribute to LEED MR Credits 2 and 4 for projects seeking to minimize their environmental impact. 

3.  Waste Minimization - LEED MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2

Since MgO panels are generally installed as delivered, minimal waste is generated during the fabrication process. Any remaining material can be effortlessly recycled or repurposed, which can help projects achieve LEED MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2 for construction waste management. 

4.  Responsible Disposal - LEED MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2

MgO panels are fully recyclable and biodegradable, qualifying as clean and nutritional waste. Their responsible disposal aligns with LEED MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2, which emphasize waste diversion and environmentally sound disposal practices. 

5.  Clean Air Quality - LEED EQ Prerequisite 1, EQ Credit 1, 4.1 and 4.4

MgO panels do not release airborne toxins during production, installation, or maintenance. They are free from harmful substances like formaldehyde, urea, benzene, asbestos, phenolics, and resins. As a result, they contribute to LEED EQ Prerequisite 1, EQ Credit 1, and EQ Credits 4.1-4.4, which focus on maintaining healthy indoor air quality.  

6.  Reusability - LEED MR Credits 3.1 and 3.2

MgO panels can be repurposed if installed using screw fastening techniques, allowing for undamaged removal and reuse. Their reusability contributes to LEED MR Credits 3.1 and 3.2, which reward projects that incorporate reusable materials and components.  

7.  Energy Efficiency - LEED EA Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Performance

MgO panels can contribute to a 10% performance improvement for new constructions or a 5% enhancement for renovated existing buildings, as outlined by the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. Ultimately, the efficiency gains depend on the building design and the project team conducting the energy assessment, but this energy efficiency can help projects achieve LEED EA Prerequisite 2 for minimum energy performance.

A Green Future

MgO panels offer a versatile and eco-friendly solution for construction projects aiming to achieve LEED certification. By incorporating MgO panels into your building design, you can reduce your project's environmental impact, improve energy efficiency, and contribute to a more sustainable future. Embrace the potential of MgO panels to create green, high-performance buildings that benefit both people and the planet.


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