Environmental benefits of rolled lead sheet

Lead's Green Benefits

  • BRE Green Guide rated A or A+
  • 100% recyclable and can be used repeatedly without loss of performance
  • Lowest carbon footprint of almost all roofing metals
  • Almost 100% cheaper than manmade flashing products over 65 years

Lead is the ‘new’ eco material that has been around for hundreds of years. It is used on a variety of buildings, from the flashings on domestic porches and cladding and roofing on modern commercial buildings, to the domes of heritage buildings and churches across the world.

Now in the BRE Green Guide for the first time with a rating of A or A+, depending upon the use to which it is put; lead is a contemporary building material that has a key role to play in sustainability.

Find out more about the findings of lead in the BRE Green Guide by clicking here.

Find out about lead’s excellent green credentials by watching our new film Lead – the eco story

Lead’s green credentials are clear

Rolled lead sheet to BS EN 12588 offers a number of environmental benefits.

  • It is 100% recyclable and can be used repeatedly without any loss of performance, there is no need for disposal at expensive landfill sites.
  • Lead has a relatively low melting point which means that less fuel is burned during its manufacture – it has the lowest carbon footprint of all roofing metals Lead is up to 50% cheaper than most man-made flashing products over 40 years and over 65 years it is almost 100% cheaper.
  • Lead’s long life makes it a great choice if you are considering the wider environmental impact of a building. Man-made products have a much shorter life span, often require the use of toxic adhesives to fix them in place and those made with hydrocarbons are not easily recyclable.

Lead’s long life makes it a great choice if you are considering the wider environmental impact of a building. Man-made products have a much shorter life span, often require the use of toxic adhesives to fix them in place and those made with hydrocarbons are not easily recyclable.

Lead in the BRE Green Guide

Lead has been proven to be one of the greenest building materials available. In most standard lead roofing and vertical cladding installations, lead has a significantly lower carbon footprint than comparable external wall and roofing specifications, and its Ecopoints – the degree to which a material impacts on the environmental performance of a building – measure very favourably. Read a summary of the BRE Green Guide’s ratings here > or Read the complete results here >

If you would like to find out more about the benefits of using rolled lead sheet and how it can make a difference to your project, please contact either one of our Technical Officers or your local Regional Marketing Manager.

It is 100% recyclable and can be used repeatedly without any loss of performance, there is no need for disposal at expensive landfill sites.
Lead has a relatively low melting point which means that less fuel is burned during its manufacture – it has the lowest carbon footprint of all roofing metals Lead is up to 50% cheaper than most man-made flashing products over 40 years and over 65 years it is almost 100% cheaper.
Lead’s long life makes it a great choice if you are considering the wider environmental impact of a building. Man-made products have a much shorter life span, often require the use of toxic adhesives to fix them in place and those made with hydrocarbons are not easily recyclable.
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