• LEED Certification, Recycled, Terra Cotta, Red, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Sustainability


Boston Valley utilizes recycled materials in its manufacturing process as part of its commitment to sustainability.

The below list of credits are those that may apply when using one of Boston Valley’s products. The credits apply to the USGBC’s LEED® Rating System v.3 for New Construction (LEED-NC) and LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB). Please contact Boston Valley directly for specific LEED credit information as it relates to your project.

Energy & Atmosphere

EA Credit 1

Optimize Energy Performance

INTENT: Achieve increasing levels of energy performance above the prerequisite standard to reduce environmental impacts associated with excessive energy use.

REQUIREMENT: Reduce design energy cost compared to the energy cost budget for energy systems regulated by ASHREA 90.1-2004 and Appendix G, as demonstrated by a whole building simulation using Energy Cost Budget Method described in Section 11 of the Standard. Boston Valley Terra Cotta’s TerraClad® rain screen system incorporates a ventilated cavity and opportunity for insulation between the exterior terra cotta wall cladding and the structural wall system. This air space and insulation increase the thermal performance of the exterior wall system which positively effects the energy efficiency of the building envelope.

LEED Certification, Recycled, Terra Cotta, Red, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, Sustainability

Material & Resource

MRCredit 2.1, 2.2

Construction Waste Management Divert 50% & 75% from Landfill

INTENT: Divert construction, demolition and land clearing debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites.

REQUIREMENT: Recycle and/or salvage at least 50% or 75% of construction and demolition debris (by weight or volume). Boston Valley Terra Cotta will accept recovered terra cotta pieces from the project site to reuse in the manufacturing process. We will also receive back crates from the product shipment that are in good condition. These crates will be used to ship additional materials produced at our facility. Both the terra cotta product and the crates would need to be sent with the cooperation of the installation contractor.

MRCredit 4.1, 4.2

Recycled Content

INTENT: Increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, therefore reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of new virgin materials.

REQUIREMENT: Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the post-industrial content constitutes at least 10% or 20% of the total value of the materials in the project. Boston Valley Terra Cotta uses 12%–20% by weight recycled content in the manufacture of its terra cotta products.

MRCredit 5.1, 5.2

Regional Materials 10% Extracted, Processed & Manufactured Regionally

INTENT: Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

REQUIREMENT: Use building products that have been extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site for minimum of 10% of the total materials value (based on cost). If only a fraction of the product is extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured locally, then only that percentage (by weight) shall contribute to the regional value. Approximately 45% of the raw materials Boston Valley uses in the manufacture of our terra cotta products are harvested within 500 miles of our manufacturing facility in Orchard Park, NY.