Mendota meets and surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for air quality. This includes limits of the amount of particulate matter (microscopic particles) emitted by fireplaces and stoves.
The U.S. Green Building Counsel, through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), has developed a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Mendota Fireplaces appear in the LEED system under the category of indoor environmental quality (EQ). The intent of section EQ2 is to "minimize the leakage of combustion gases into the occupied spaces of the home."
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has developed model green home building guidelines to help the green design and construction of new homes and home additions. Fireplaces are covered under Section 5.1.3 Minimize Potential Sources of Pollutants. The intent of this section is "to minimize the risk of smoke and combustion byproducts back-drafting into the home. Outdoor air is supplied directly to the combustion chamber so indoor air is not required for combustion."
Mendota’s environmentally friendly, sealed combustion, direct vent fireplaces with the BurnGreen™ system are designed to meet exacting governmental EPA standards, as well as national LEED® and NAHB guidelines for high efficiency and low emissions.
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