LEED® Project Certification: Hot Mix Asphalt
Asphalt pavements can help divert waste from landfills, use regionally produced and recycled materials, reduce heat island effect and help manage stormwater. Projects can potentially earn additional credits by using asphalt with high recycled content or warm-mix asphalt.
Most asphalt pavements contain some percentage of recycled asphalt pavement, but pavements must use above 20 percent of recycled asphalt content to earn up to two LEED points. In addition to qualifying a project for LEED points, increasing the percentage of recycled material in asphalt pavement benefits our environment by conserving limited natural resources.
Hot mix asphalt (HMA) can qualify for LEED® points in several categories, depending on the individual asphalt mix chosen.