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® Information
While USGBC does not certify products, the use of any of more than 100 of Custom's products will contribute to LEED certification of the project.

Potential Credit Contributions towards LEED Projects:

  • Recycled Content (Credits MR 4)
  • Regional Manufacturing (Credits MR 5)
  • Low Emitting Materials - Adhesives and Sealants (Credit IEQ 4.1)
  • Low Emitting Materials - Paints and Coatings (Credit IEQ 4.2)

LEED is a Registered Trademark of United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Emerald System

"Don't just go green...go Emerald"

Emeral Systems

Custom Building Products' Emerald System of products takes environmental responsibility beyond the current standard. The Emerald System is Custom's complete system of environmentally responsible 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 are guaranteed to comply with all 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.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Addresses the issue of CO2 production from installation product manufacturing; Emerald System products are the first to offer Carbon Offset Credits.

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 where 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 all leading agencies sustainability (green) standards. Products in the Emerald System comply with the requirements of ANSI A138.1, and can assist in obtaining LEED certification.

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 it lasting centuries. It is just as important that the installation products last as long as the tile itself.

Custom Building Products understands the importance of durability and we design products that meet this demand. Sometimes, there are concerns that the use of low VOC or recycled material may compromise the performance of the product. Custom makes sure that all products meet and exceed the requirements established for tile installation products. Custom backs the performance of products in the Emerald System; when a complete Emerald System of products is used in an installation, we support it with up to a Lifetime Warranty.

Details of Custom's System Warranty
Ceramic Tile Installation and Global Warming
Many Scientists believe that the main contributor to global warming is the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Although there are several gases that are classified as greenhouse gases, the largest contributor is Carbon Dioxide (CO2).

What has caused the increase in CO2 in our Atmosphere?

  • The primary cause is industrialization.
  • 30 billion tons of CO2 is released into our atmosphere every year. Most of this comes from burning fuel for transportation and to produce energy.

The production of Portland cement is one of the largest contributors to CO2 in the industrial sector, emitting 600 million tons annually.

How does installing tile or stone release CO2 into the atmosphere?

  • Most Portland cement is used to construct buildings and roadways. Traditional thin-set mortars and grouts contain Portland cement.

What is Custom Building Products doing to reduce CO2 emissions?

  • We are researching alternatives to Portland cement that will not affect the performance or the way you install tile.
  • We are working with our Portland cement suppliers to find alternative manufacturing processes.
  • We are purchasing Carbon Offset Credits. To learn more about our offset program, click here.

What are Carbon Credits and how are they used?

  • In 2005 the Kyoto Protocol was established to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide, and has been adopted by many countries throughout the world. Part of the Kyoto Protocol was the establishment of international trading of Carbon Credits.
  • Purchases of these Carbon Credits support the construction and operation of tangible greenhouse gas reduction projects.
    • Establishment of wind energy farms to replace the burning of fossil fuels
    • Construction of facilities to capture methane from landfills and dairy farms to convert the gas to usable energy.
    • Reforestation to replace CO2-absorbing trees that were cut for lumber.

Carbon Offset Credits
TerrapassThe Emerald System is the first installation system to contribute to a long-term solution to the emission of CO2 resulting from Portland Cement production by offering Carbon Offset Credits.

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Custom Building Products has partnered with TerraPass, a leading Carbon Management Service, to obtain Carbon Offset Credits.

    By utilizing a full Emerald System of underlayment, thin-set mortar, and grout, Custom will obtain Carbon Offset Credits from TerraPass. TerraPass then uses the funds to support current and future projects two or more years out that reduce CO2 emissions.
    Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions around the world helps stop global warming and its affect on our environment.

Here's how it works:
When a warranty is registered with Emerald System products, Custom will issue Carbon Offset Credits to the project owner.

LEED Information

Build Green® Contributes to "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" certification
Over 100 CUSTOM® products help contribute to LEED® certification in at least one of three categories.

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for CUSTOM’s Mortars and Grouts
Custom Building Products has worked with TCNA to develop EPDs for cement based mortar and grout.

Mortar EPD

Grout EPD

Products with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's)
Low VOC emitting materials contribute to better indoor environmental quality. EQc4.1 & 4.2 Low VOC Emitting Materials.

Recycled Materials
Custom Building Products uses post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled materials whenever possible in manufacturing our tile and stone installation products. Utilizing recycled materials helps conserve natural resources and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. The use of lightweight recycled glass in our CustomLite® products helps to conserve energy because these products require less fuel for transport. MRc4 Recycled Content.

Regional Product Manufacturing
Local manufacturing and locally-sourced raw materials helps CUSTOM® to be within 500 miles of many project sites. Eleven locations throughout the country means that many projects may qualify for this LEED® credit. MRc5 Regional Materials.

Request LEED® Product Data
While USGBC does not certify products, the use of any or more than 100 CUSTOM® products will contribute to LEED® certification of the project.

CUSTOM®products contribute towards LEED® in:

  • Recycled Content (Credits MR 4)
  • Regional Manufacturing (Credits MR 5)
  • Low Emitting Materials - Adhesives & Sealants (Credit IEQ 4.1)
  • Low Emitting Materials - Paints & Coatings (Credit IEQ 4.2)

Want more information on how CUSTOM® products can help your project qualify for LEED® certification? Simply complete the Product Data Request Form below and a customized LEED® Product Information letter (pdf) will be generated for each product at the top of this screen.

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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