As one of the original recycled products, terrazzo provides the ultimate in durability, low maintenance and sustainability, typically lasting the life of a building. Previously only available in flooring, Granite Designs is proud to be a fabricator and helping introduce terrazzo to the countertop market with Rinato, a line of cementation terrazzo slabs incorporating recycled glass chips.
Rinato provides an alternative to using non-renewable or petrochemical-based resources and provides a new market for recycled glass. Previously destined for the landfill, glass has been recycled or “re-born” as a raw material for Rinato.
To offer a standard to facilitate sustainable design, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a consensus-based rating which has become the national standard for green building, the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Rating System.
Under the LEED® Ratings System for New Construction v2.2, Rinato may help to contribute toward the following credits for your sustainable projects.
Material & Resource Credits 4.1 & 4.2: Recycled Content (2 points possible)•
One point is granted for 10% recycled content and a second point for an additional 10% (20% total) of the total value of the materials on the project.
When considering the recycled glass as well as the slag and fly ash incorporated in the cement matrix, approximately 80% of the composition of Rinato is recycled.
Material & Resource Credits 5.1 & 5.2: Regional Materials (2 points possible)•
One point is awarded if 10% of the project building materials is extracted, harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the project site and a second point is awarded if the total percentage of the cost of regional materials is at least 20%.
Rinato is regionally manufactured in Wisconsin.