Masonry and sustainable building design seem like a natural fit. Masonry – with its durability, local or regional manufacturing, and thermal mass characteristics – meets many of the goals inherent in sustainable building design. With the development of the LEED Green Building Rating System, interest in this design concept is increasing daily.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is a national voluntary program to define and measure what constitutes a “green” building. The goals of the certification process are to improve occupant well-being, environmental performance, and economic returns of facilities.