LEED Information

Build Green

Recycled Materials

CUSTOM® Building Products uses post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled materials whenever possible in manufacturing products. Look for our Build Green® logo to find products made with recycled materials. Utilizing recycled materials helps conserve natural resources and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. The use of lightweight recycled materials in our CustomLite® products helps to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.


Ceramic tile is known for its durability and long life over other floor covering options. CUSTOM Building Products designs highly durable products with up to Lifetime Warranties that reduce the need for frequent replacement and provide the installation with a long life cycle.

LEED® Credit Contribution

While the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) does not certify products, the use of any of more than 100 of CUSTOM products will contribute to LEED certification of the project.

Potential Credit Contributions towards LEED Projects:

  • MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
    • CUSTOM Building Products partnered with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to develop Industry-wide (Type III) EPDs, which apply to CUSTOM cement mortars and grouts
  • MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials
  • MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients – Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting using Health Product Declarations (HPDs)
  • EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings
  • EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants

FloorScore certificates and Green Label Plus Certificates are available for CUSTOM Flooring Adhesives.

 Build Green Brochure Emerald LEED

Emerald System

“Don’t just go green…go Emerald”

CUSTOM® Building Products Emerald System takes environmental responsibility beyond the current standard. The Emerald System is the complete system of environmentally responsible CUSTOM products for all surface preparation, setting solutions, and grout products. It expands our Build Green® program by addressing some key issues related to the practice of green building products:

Agency Compliance

Eliminates the confusion around green Agency Compliance;
Emerald System products have been formulated to comply with leading environmental agency certifications.

System Warranty

Assures quality warranty programs for products used; The Emerald System can be eligible for our Lifetime Installations Systems Warranty.

Our Emerald System takes environmental responsibility to a whole new level

It is difficult to sort through the various building industry agency regulations and determine what is required to be “green”. There are voluntary and mandatory standards; some communities have adopted one standard, while neighboring communities may have adopted others. Many of these standards are still in development, and many communities are trying to decide which is appropriate for their local needs.



CUSTOM Building Products continually monitors the developing regulations for sustainable building practices, making sure our products meet these requirements wherever possible. The Emerald System eliminates any concern over meeting the regulation for a particular project. Products in the Emerald System have been formulated to meet the requirements of leading agencies’ sustainability (green) standards. (removed the word “all.”)

Lifetime Installation Warranty

It is known fact that ceramic tile and natural stone are amongst the most durable surfacing materials. Ceramic tile is rated to last 60 years, and there are many examples of tile installations lasting centuries.

CUSTOM Building Products understands the importance of durability, and we design products that meet this demand, and provide architects, and owners, peace of mind. Sometimes, there are concerns that the use of low VOC or recycled material may compromise the performance of a product. CUSTOM ensures that all products meet and exceed the applicable industry standard requirements established for tile and stone installation material. In fact, CUSTOM is so confident in the performance of Emerald System products that when a complete Emerald System of products is used for the installation system, it is supported with up to a Lifetime Warranty.

CUSTOM® Building Products Build Green® program contributes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Project certification

Over 100 CUSTOM® products can help to contribute to LEED® credits in any of the following three categories:

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients – Option 1: Material Ingredient Reporting using Health Product Declarations (HPDs)

CUSTOM products have over 100 HPDs demonstrating our commitment to transparency.

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for CUSTOM® Cement Mortars and Grouts

CUSTOM® Building Products is partnered with the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in efforts to develop and maintain industry-wide EPDs for cement based mortars and grouts for tile and stone installation materials.

Mortar EPD

Grout EPD

EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings and EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants

Low volatile organic compound (VOC) emitting materials contribute to better indoor air quality for building constructors, as well as building occupants. In fact, CUSTOM GreenGuard Gold certified products have even lower emissions than industry standard requirements. Even more, once cured, CUSTOM products are inert and will not emit harmful chemical emissions into the indoor environment for the entire lifetime that the CUSTOM installation system is in place.

Additionally, there is one significant change, in LEED v4, that took place in the following category:

MR Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials

With eleven manufacturing facilities through North America, CUSTOM consistently strives to locally source, and manufacture, our products whenever possible. However, in LEED v4, projects no longer achieve separate points for regional materials, and the qualifying radius has shrunk significantly, from 500 miles, to 100 miles from the Project site. Also, no longer given their own credit, as was the case in LEED 2009 and earlier, locally-sourced building materials are recognized in LEED v4 as a multiplier. That means that regional credits apply only when products meet the basic credit requirements, such as FSC certification or recycled content.

Request LEED® Product Data

Want more information on how specific CUSTOM products can help contribute to LEED project certification? Simply complete the Product Data Request Form below, and a customized LEED Product Information letter (pdf) will be generated for each product used, or being considered for use, on your LEED projects.

GreenGuard Gold Certification

We are pleased to announce GREENGUARD Gold Certification (which includes California Department of Public Health compliance) for the majority of our products. Both programs have strict volatile organic compounds (VOCs) criteria for the safety of children and other sensitive individuals. These approvals mean that the products contribute to LEED 4 credits under Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).


Surface Prep



Health Product Declarations

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Aqua Mix® Sulfamic Acid Crystals
RedGard® Fabric Membrane – Health Product Declaration
Wood HP4–4-In-1 Hybrid Polymer Wood Adhesive
WonderBoard® Lite BackerBoard
Vinyl VCT–Vinyl Composition Tile Adhesive
Vinyl PSA–Pressure Sensitive Adhesive
VersaSet® Economical Thin-Set Mortar
VersaBond®-LFT Professional Large Format Tile Mortar
VersaBond® Professional Thin-Set Mortar
VersaBond Flex® Professional Thin-Set Mortar
TileLab® SurfaceGard® Sealer
TileLab® Grout Sealer
TileLab® Grout Sealer (Aerosol)
TileLab® Grout & Tile Sealer
Tile Repair Professional Thin-Set Mortar
Thin-Set & Mortar Admix
Thick Bed Bedding Mortar
TechPrime A Acrylic Primer
TechPatch™ RP Ramping Patch
TechPatch™ MP Multipurpose Rapid Setting Skim Coat & Patch
TechLevel-WSF Fiber Reinforced Self-Leveling Underlayment For Wood Subfloors
TechLevel™ XP-1® Self-Leveling Underlayment
TechLevel™ 150 Self-Leveling Underlayment
TechLevel™ 125 Deep Pour Self-Leveling Underlayment
TechLevel™ 100 Self-Leveling Underlayment
TechLevel-HPT High Performance Topping
T1-60™ Economical Tile Adhesive
SureBond Unsanded Thin-Set Mortar
SpeedSet™ Fortified Thin-Set Mortar
SpeedFinish™ Patching & Finishing Compound
Spec Mix® Thin Veneer Adhesion Mortar XP500
Spec Mix® Setting Bed Mortar (SBM)
Spec Mix® Polymer Modified Setting Bed Mortar (PMSBM)
Skim Coat & Patch Cement Underlayment
SimpleGrout® Pre-Mixed Grout
Silk™ Patching Finishing Compound
Scratch Coat Mortar
Saltillo Grout Mix
ReliaBond® Professional Tile Adhesive
RedGard® Waterproofing And Crack Prevention Membrane
RedGard® Uncoupling Mat
RedGard® SpeedCoat® Waterproofing Membrane
Quikrete® Floor Mud
Quikrete® Deck Mud
ProLite® RS Premium Rapid Setting Large Format Tile Mortar
ProLite® Premium Large Format Tile Mortar
Prism® Ultimate Performance Grout
PremiumPlus® Premium Non-Modified Thin-Set Mortar
Porcelain Tile Professional Thin-Set Mortar
Polyblend® Sanded Grout
Polyblend® Plus Sanded Grout
Polyblend® Plus Non-Sanded Grout
Polyblend® Non-Sanded Grout
Peel & Stick Primer
Patching & Leveling Latex Additive
OmniGrip® Premium Lightweight Tile Adhesive
Natural Stone & Large Tile Premium Mortar
MultiSet Economical Thin-Set Mortar
MultiSet – LFT Economical Large Format Tile Mortar
MegaLite® Ultimate Crack Prevention Large Format Tile Mortar
MegaLite® RS Ultimate Rapid Setting Crack Prevention Large Format Tile Mortar
MBP – Multi-Surface Bonding Primer
LevelQuik® Advance™ Fiber Reinforced Self-Leveling Underlayment For Wood Subfloors
LevelQuik® Advanced Acrylic Primer
LevelQuik RS® (Rapid Setting) Self Leveling Underlayment
LevelQuik ES® (Extended Setting) Self Leveling Underlayment
LevelLite® Self-Leveling Underlayment
Grout Renew
Glass Tile Premium Thin-Set Mortar
GenPatch™ General Purpose Patch
Fusion Pro® Single Component® Grout
FractureFree® Crack Prevention Membrane
FlexBond® Premium Crack Prevention Thin-Set Mortar
Fast Setting Thick Bed Mortar
EBM-Lite™ Premium Epoxy Bonding Mortar — 100% Solids
CustomFloat® Bedding Mortar
CustomBlend® Economical Non-Modified Thin-Set Mortar
CUSTOM® SpeedSlope® – Rapid Setting Sloping Mortar
Custom® 9240 Waterproofing And Anti-Fracture Membrane
Crack Buster® Pro Crack Prevention Mat Underlayment
Complete Contact™ RS Fortified Mortar
Complete Contact™ Fortified Mortar
Complete Contact-LFT Premium Rapid Setting Large Format Tile Mortar
Commercial 100% Silicone Sealant
Ceramic Tile Caulk (Sanded)
Ceramic Tile Caulk (Non-Sanded)
CEG-Lite™ 100% Solids Commercial Epoxy Grout
CEG-IG 100% Solids Industrial Grade Epoxy Grout
C-Cure CureCrete® 936 (Mix)
C-Cure CureCrete® 936 (Liquid)
CBP 232 Waterproof & Anti-Fracture Membrane
Aqua Mix® Ultra-Solv®
Aqua Mix® Sealer’s Choice® Gold
Aqua Mix® Sealer’s Choice® Gold (Canada)
Aqua Mix® SameDay™ Grout Sealer
Aqua Mix® Penetrating Sealer
Aqua Mix® Grout Release
Aqua Mix® Grout Colorant
Aqua Mix® Enrich ‘N’ Seal™
AcrylPro® Professional Tile Adhesive
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