DALLAS, TX -- As an environmental leader among the flooring industry, Dal-Tile Corp.today announced its support of the latestLEED Interpretation Ruling (LIR) for recycled content set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This ruling sets the standard for recycled content claims and documentation for LEED projects looking to achieve points for MRc4 Recycled Content, and aims to bring further transparency to green building through accurate recycled content reporting. The Daltile and American Olean brands agree with the methodology specified in the new LIR, as both brands have been calculating and reporting in this manner since receiving the first request for recycled material content for a LEED project back in 2004.

“At Dal-Tile, we are committed to providing our customers with the products and resources they need to qualify for LEED certification, beginning with transparency of our product’s recycled content claims,” said Robert Hurt, Director -- Environmental, Health & Safety, Dal-Tile Corporation. “We will continue to embrace industry practices set forth by the USGBC, and work with our customers to ensure their sustainable building and design needs are met.”

The Recycled Materials Content (RMC) of each individual Daltile and American Olean tile product is calculated and reported based on the weights of the individual ingredients that are used to make the products, which vary by manufacturing plant. Products can also have varying RMC depending on the specific color of the product. RMC information for all Daltile and American Olean products can be found online, and this information is provided to customers by means of a LEED Certification Letter. Through both brand Web sites, customers have access to the post-consumer and post-industrial recycled material content of all Dal-Tile products and can even determine the exact distance from a specific products' manufacturing site to the project location.

For additional information, visit http://daltile.com/leed and http://americanolean.com/leed