LEED 2009 for non-Textile Flooring Systems - EQ credit 4.3
There are VOC emission requirements for hard surface flooring in the LEED 2009 specifications.
There are two ways to show compliance.
Option 1: All hard surface flooring must be certified as compliant with the FloorScore standard by an independent third party. Flooring products covered by FloorScore include vinyl, linoleum, laminate flooring, wood flooring, ceramic flooring, rubber flooring and wall base. Eurofins Product Testing A/S is an approved testing laboratory for testing within that process.
It will also be accepted if an independent laboratory, such as Eurofins Product Testing A/S, shows compliance with the testing and product requirements of FloorScore - without certification.
Ceramic tiles, and mineral flooring without organic coating, are assumed to comply without testing.
Option 2: All flooring 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 - without FloorScore certification.
Ceramic tiles and mineral flooring without organic coating is assumed to comply without testing - see 4th bullet of low-emitting floorings credit, e.g. on page 4 of LEED for Commercial Interior.
Additionally, concrete, wood, bamboo, and cork floor finishes such as sealer, stain and finish must meet the requirements of as specified in LEED credit IEQ 4.2, paints and coatings (SCAQMD rule #1113).
And, all tile setting adhesives and grout must meet criteria as specified in LEED credit EQ 4.1, adhesives and sealants(SCAQMD rule #1168).
Other points may be achieved for recyclable and for recycled content.
A comparison between limit values of AgBB, GUT, Blue Angel and CDPH Section 01350 (as used by LEED) was made available by GUT both in English and in German. It clearly shows that requirements of CDPH Section 01350 are much weaker than European requirements.
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.
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: