• Go-Green FAQ's

    Here you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions; check back often as we'll make updates as new questions arise.

    Green products have a positive impact on human or environmental health, i.e. energy efficient or water conservation.

    According to the U.S. Green Building Council, it is the careful design, construction, operation, and reuse or removal of the build environment in an environmentally, energy-efficient and sustainable manner.

    NIBCO provides letters of certification stating the percentage of recycled content of products we make. Visit our 'Green Resources' page for details.

    NIBCO® Press System® and NIBCO® PEX Piping Systems do not require flame, flux or solder to install compared to traditional piping systems which mean zero VOC emissions. The Just Right® hot water circulating device can save the average homeowner 7,000-14,000 gallons of water annually and does not require electricity like a heat pump. NIBCO® bronze valves made in Nacogdoches, Texas, and iron valves made in Blytheville, Ark.,are made with recycled content. For a complete list, click here to request the NIBCO green product guide.

    NIBCO has products that meet certain criteria under LEED. There are different metrics used in calculating the points. Our products, combined with other manufacturer products or installed in an overall system, may help the project earn a point. Click here to request the NIBCO green product guide for more information.

    No. According to Environmental Consultant Paul Shahriari, “There are 60 green rating systems in the United States.” NAHB has partnered with the International Code Council to develop a National Green Building Standard for residential construction. Using the American National Standards Institute standards development process, the new National Green Building Standard is a consensus-based blueprint for counties to institute certifiable, regionally-appropriate residential green building programs.

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    NIBCO lead-free initiatives have a direct correlation to improving health and safety. Additionally, water is a finite natural resource which requires conservation and preservation. As a manufacturer of plumbing products, we continue to stay abreast of industry trends and to be in compliance with laws designed to safeguard drinking water.

    Yes. NIBCO copper fittings are 100% recyclable and they have a long life-span which is backed by a 50-year limited product warranty. The sustainability of copper gives it an advantage over other materials at the end of a building’s life. Copper can be recovered and recycled when a building is demolished or when a system is removed.

    Architects, real estate professionals, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, construction managers, lenders and government officials. State and local governments are adopting LEED for new construction for public-owned and public-funded buildings. Federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Energy, and State support LEED initiatives.

    This is a misconception. Projects are certified not the products.

    The LEED rating system consists of five key areas that measure the human and environmental health of a building: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Each category carries a different weight of importance and there are specific goals that have to be met in order to earn points. Innovation and Design is the 6th category and is a way to earn additional points.

    There are four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level requires a minimum number of points that must be met in order for the building to be certified. Each category carries a different weight of importance and there are specific goals in a building’s efficiency and design that have to be met. Platinum is the highest level that can be achieved.

    LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary 3rd party certification program and serves as a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
    LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.