LEED Certification – Good for you and the Environment

With all the interest in “green” building practices, recycling, and reuse, LEED Certification is the buzz word that ties it all together. But if you’re new to the recycling idea (and a little behind the times), you probably don’t know what LEED certification really means.

What is LEED Certification?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to set a benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.

According to everblue(TM), a training company for green industries,

When a building is LEED certified, it means an independent third-party has verified that the building meets the specified standards in such things as energy efficiency, air quality, water savings and use of materials that have been recycled or otherwise meet the LEED standards. LEED is a globally recognized label that means the building and it’s furnishings save money and energy, but still provide a high degree of functionality.

There are five basic categories of LEED certification.

  • Building Design & Construction – Includes standards for new building construction and old buildings being rehabbed.
  • Green Interior Design & Construction – Covers commercial and retail interiors being redesigned as part of a larger building.
  • Green Building Operations & Maintenance – For existing buildings to measure energy efficiency and make improvements.
  • LEED For Homes – Designed for residential use, this program is similar to the Energy Star program for home applicances.
  • LEED For Neighborhood Development – Integrates principles of green design into neighborhood planning.

RubberForm Recycled Products has built a successful business on removing millions of discarded rubber tires from landfills. It is estimated that there is one scrap tire for every person each year. This amount of waste has become impossible to manage. Designing and manufacturing useful products out of this waste material, is a win for the environment and a win for business. Contact us to discuss our full line of recycled products for industrial, commercial and residential uses. We can also custom design products per your specifications.

Outfit your school with parking lot & road safety equipment

With the school year quickly approaching, it is critical that the school addresses the safety of their students, staff and parents picking up their children within their parking lots. These lots are often hectic and stressful areas. People and cars mixed together can become a recipe for disaster if the parking lot is not outfitted with road safety equipment and proper signage.

Go green!

Green technology is very important in today’s society to protect our environment. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Schools need to incorporate recycled products into their everyday routines to teach their students the importance of utilizing recycled materials. Parking lot safety equipment, such as the Parking and Road Safety line from RubberForm, is the ideal solution to protect your students, faculty, parents, visitors and of course the environment. Our products are made of 100% recycled rubber and plastic that offer an environmentally friendly alternative to other parking lot products. We promise our products will not only last long, but serve and protect better than their standard counterparts like concrete.

Safety in your parking lot

Safety equipment utilized correctly can not only increase parking lot safety, but improve the flow of traffic and reduce pick up times. Portable sign bases are an ideal solution to mark designated pick-up areas, caution drivers of pedestrians, and post speed limits within the parking lot. Highly visible wheel stops ensure drivers do not drive into unauthorized areas or onto walkways. Speed bumps are critical to ensuring drivers to drive slowly. Delineator curb systems are the perfect solution to channel traffic, as well as separate area of the parking lot. They can also be easily collapse when not in use.

If you would like more information on which products are right for your parking lot, visit our Parking Lot Safety Page or contact us!

The Importance of Traffic Calming

RubberForm Speed Bump used at a checkpoint to slow incoming traffic

Installing devices that slow down motor vehicles or reduces the amount of cars traveling down a street is known as traffic calming. For many reasons, professionals, such as, transportation planners or traffic engineers, implement strategies that force safe driving. The most important motive being to decrease the number of automobile accidents, but also lessening pollution caused by cars.

If your community needs help combating the danger that speeding cars cause pedestrians and motorists, traffic calming is your answer. Our top of the line recycled rubber speed humps and tables force drivers to slow to a rate of 20-30 mph. The durability and easy installation of these products make them a cost friendly response to a life threatening problem.

An increase of safety is achieved with the installation of traffic calming equipment in residential areas. Using products like speed humps and speed tables forces motorists to slow down, and may stop some drivers from traveling down certain streets. More traffic safety, means residence may spend more of their time outside. An increase of pedestrian activity in neighborhoods, means a decline in motor vehicle use. This also results in less pollution for the community.

It may be impossible to stop all traffic accidents from occurring, but using our speed humps and tables will discourage reckless driving and help save lives. All of our products are made in the U.S.A and constructed with 100% recycled rubber and plastic. If you are interested in learning more about our products, or you would like to receive a quote, visit our contact us page.