Seven HVAC tapes manufactured by Shurtape Technologies can now help earn points under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program.

Shurtape says it is the first HVAC tape producer to introduce tapes that help earn green building points.

Many municipal, state and national building codes now require building materials that qualify for green credits. Products that are eligible for LEED credits are routinely specified by mechanical engineers in construction plans to reduce harmful air pollutants and volatile organic compounds, as well as cut energy usage and save water.

Shurtape’s manufacturing process predominately uses water-based adhesives that do not produce VOCs. In the rare instances where Shurtape uses solvent-based adhesives, the company said its manufacturing process recaptures and destroys airborne toxins through regenerative thermal oxidization, greatly reducing emissions.

“Since we began manufacturing tape in 1955, we have had a commitment to reducing the impact of our processes and products on the environment,” said Stephen Shuford, Shurtape’s executive vice president. “Our qualification for LEED credits is important for us and our customers, who will benefit from the credits, as well as from affiliation with suppliers who demonstrate environmental stewardship.”