LEED 2009 for Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products - EQ credit 4.4
There are requirements on formaldehyde emitted from composite wood and agrifiber products in the LEED2009 specifications.
Composite wood and agrifiber products are defined as: Particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, wheatboard, strawboard, panel substrates and door cores.
These products must contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins when used on the interior of the building. The same applies to laminate adhesives used to fabricate on-site and shop-applied composite wood and agrifiber assemblies.Testing is not required.
Materials considered fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FF&E) are not included. The same applies to products covered by LEED EQ Credit 4.5 dealing with system furniture and seating.
All products must meet the testing and product requirements of the California Department of Public Health Standard Practice for the Testing of Volatile Organic Emissions from Various Sources Using Small-Scale Environmental Chambers, including 2004 Addenda - also called Section 01350 specification. This is shown by emission chamber testing in an independent laboratory, such as Eurofins Product Testing A/S.
Other points may be achieved for recyclable and for recycled content.
US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.
US GBC operates a list of common low VOC rating systems that allow showing product compliance. Some of them are directly compliant, such as the Indoor Air Comfort GOLD program; other ones are compliant only if the test report shows low formaldehyde emissions of max. 10 µg/m³ after 28 days the reference room, in line with the French A+ class. The French A+ class alone is sufficient only for Composite Wood products, not in general. The list of compliant rating systems can be seen on the US GBC website.
Further information regarding LEED:
- USGBC Contact page
- List of LEED compliant VOC rating systems
- LEED User with tips, help and discussion forum
- GBC Italia
Eurofins VOC related services
Eurofins offers documentation of compliance with the specifications on emissions of VOC and aldehydes by independent and ISO 17025 accredited testing, and if relevant also with external surveillance (inspections, re-testing), and certification, e.g. in combination with the Eurofins operated certification programme Indoor Air Comfort - certified products.
Eurofins operates both an accredited and notified test house and an approved ÜZ certification body. VOC emissions testing for any program or regulation can be easily combined with tests for other regulations or labels such as Belgian VOC regulation, French VOC regulations, German VOC regulations, EMICODE, German Blue Angel, Finnish M1 and US tests. Such combinations allow to save money compared with separate testing for each of these purposes. One example is the Eurofins Pan-European test package.
Certification and testing services for Ü mark, CE mark and the Eurofins certification program Indoor Air Comfort - certified products can be ordered in parallel for use on different market segments - there will be significant costs saving when compared to ordering these services separately.
Contact to VOC Testing Laboratories
Please see here contact information of Eurofins VOC testing laboratories in Europe, China and Japan: