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Leathership in Energy and Environmental Design

Index:

  • Scenario
  • LEED and Products
    • LEED 2009 Products
  • LEED v4  and low-emitting products
    • LEED v4 low VOC - Product Approach
    • LEED v4 low VOC - Systems Approach
    • LEED v4 low VOC - Emission requirements
    • LEED v4 low VOC - Content requirements
  • LEED for Adhesives and Sealants
    • LEED 2009 Adhesives & Sealants
  • LEED for Paints and Coatings
    • LEED 2009 Paints & Coatings
  • LEED for Flooring Systems
    • LEED 2009 Textile Flooring Systems
    • LEED 2009 non-Textile Flooring Systems
  • LEED for Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    • LEED for Ceiling and Wall Systems
    • LEED for Insulation
  • LEED for System Furniture and Seating
    • LEED 2009 System Furniture and Seating
  • LEED and products in Italy

 

 

LEED

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners in the USA, Asia, Europe and the Gulf.

The US version and the global version are operated by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non profit organization. Projects are certified by GBCI Green Building Certification Institute, founded by US GBC.

Copies and modified versions of that rating system can be found in the Gulf region, in Italy, in Australia, and in some Asian regions. Some of these regions apply modified versions of LEED.

Why use LEED?

Motivation for having LEED certification of a building is to achieve higher value of a building in the balance, or better sales or better rental price with sustainability as additional argument, or to promote public perception of the company operating a LEED certified building, or to promote environment and health. The procedure is to collect points by fulfilling "credits" for proper consideration of environmental aspects (e.g. saving of energy and of resources, recyclability, indoor air quality and more).

Motivation to show LEED compliance of a product is to show to LEED building projects that use of a specific product helps collecting points in the certification process. This may give access to LEED projects that typically are large buildings with high material consumption. Demonstrating LEED compliance of a product can be an important tool in marketing strategy.

Eurofins also offers post-construction Indoor Air Monitoring services for LEED projects.

LEED versions 2009 and v4

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition period until October 2016, building projects still can run with the present LEED version, LEED 2009. In that period, and until all such buildings are finished, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. And US GBC declared 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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

LEED and Products

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

Testing

Eurofins Product Testing laboratories offer testing for showing compliance of a product with LEED® specifications. The laboratories showed their  qualification as test labs

  • by including the relevant testing methods in the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation,
  • by being approved by SCS for BIFMA, FloorScore and CDPH Section 1350 VOC emission testing, for US based VOC emissions testing,
  • by being approved by DIBt for European AgBB VOC emissions testing .

Eurofins Product Testing is a member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to better be able to serve industry clients, both with consulting and with testing for showing such compliance with LEED® specifications.

It is important to understand that no testing laboratory can be LEED approved. If a laboratory (such as Eurofins) shows the logo of USGBC then this indicates nothing more than that the laboratory is member of U.S. Green Building Council.

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

The LEED 2009 low VOC criteria are described here:

Please note:

US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Can products be LEED labeled?

USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED® compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 

LEED v4  and low-emitting products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects can select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. New in October 2014: US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see the credit documents

VOC: Two pathways of compliance

LEED projects can follow one out of two approaches.

  • Pathway 1: Product Approach, where all products out of several product categories are evaluated.
  • Pathway 2: Systems Approach, where all products going into several systems are evaluated.

VOC requirements

Can products be LEED labeled?

USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED® compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

LEED v4 low VOC - Product Approach

Pathway 1:

Compliance with VOC emissions limits shall be shown for a number of product groups:

  • Interior paints and coatings applied on site:
    Both VOC emissions criteria and VOC content criteria shall be fulfilled
  • Interior adhesives and sealants applied on site:
    Both VOC emissions criteria and VOC content criteria shall be fulfilled
  • Flooring:
    VOC emissions criteria shall be fulfilled
  • Composite Wood:
    Special formaldehyde emissions criteria
  • Ceilings, Walls, Thermal and Acoustic Insulation:
    VOC emissions criteria shall be fulfilled
  • Freestanding furniture and movable partitions:
    Specific VOC emissions criteria shall be fulfilled
  • Exterior applied products (healthcare and schools projects only):
    Specific VOC content criteria shall be fulfilled

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see the credit documents

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED v4 low VOC - Systems Approach

Pathway 2:

VOC emissions limits are not calculated for single products, e.g. an adhesive, but for all products going into a surface, e.g. a floor or a wall ("systems approach"):

  • Each product is evaluated separately, not the whole system.
  • Percentage of conformity then is calculated per system.
  • Total number of assigned points depends on the total percentage of surfaces covered by low emitting products.

The systems are defined as:

  • Flooring
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Thermal and Acoustic Insulation
  • Furniture
  • Healthcare and Schools projects only:
    • Exterior Applied Products.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see the credit documents

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED v4 low VOC - Emission requirements

General VOC emissions criteria

  • VOC emissions after 14 days shall comply with the limits as specified in the 2010 version of CDPH Standard Method "Section 01350".
  • As CDPH Section 01350 does not include any TVOC limit value, many VOCs are not covered by that assessment method. Therefore, if LEED compliance is claimed based on CDPH Section 01350, then TVOC emissions after 14 days shall be communicated in 3 ranges:
    • 0 - 0.5 mg/m³
    • 0.5 - 5 mg/m³
    • 5 mg/m³ and more.
    • The CDPH definition of TVOC applies, event though this is different from the TVOC definition in the rest of the world.
    • But there is no pass / fail criterion based on the TVOC value.

Alternative compliance path

  • For LEED projects outside North America, an alternative way of showing LEED compliance conformity with the specifications of the 2010 version of German AgBB rating, together with ISO 16000-11 for handling samples of products that have not been mentioned explicitly in AgBB documents
    • It is important to understand that, besides AgBB compliance, the product also has to comply with a very low formaldehyde emissions limit. 10 µg/m³ is the limit value to be respected for formaldehyde after 28 days, which is lower than in AgBB.
    • Please note: Unfortunatey this regulation of formaldehyde emissions is not in the credit language itself, but in the Reference Guide (which also is compulsory). But this fact can also be read from the list of compliant rating systems can be seen on the US GBC website.

Furniture VOC emissions criteria

Inherently nonemitting sources

  • No testing is needed for products that are assumed to be inherently nonemitting and therefore comply with the above VOC emissions requirements, such as
    • stone, ceramic, powder-coated metals, metal, glass, concrete, clay brick, and unfinished or untreated solidwood flooring;
    • these are considered fully compliant without any VOC emissions testing if they do not include integral organic-based surface coatings, binders, or sealants.

Composite Wood criteria

  • Composite wood shall have formaldehyde emissions complying with CARB specifications for Ultra‐Low‐Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF) resins or No‐Added Formaldehyde (NAF) based resins.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see the credit documents

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED v4 low VOC - Content requirements

VOC content criteria

  • While VOC emissions limits shall protect building occupants against long-term exposures, VOC content limits shall protect those applying these products, and they shall limit early exposure of occupants shortly after painting, sealing or gluing.
  • Products that are wet applied on-site (paints, adhesives, sealants) have to show compliance both with VOC emissions requirements (90% by volume of all applied products), and with VOC content limits (100% of all applied products):
    • The VOC content related limit values and testing methods are taken from Californian authorities (CARB/SCM, SCAQMD). But only the versions that are cited in the LEED credit documents shall be applied for this purpose.
    • As LEED 2009 refers to earlier versions of the original documents, the limits have changed which means here, they are lower now than in LEED 2009 version.
      • As these regulations do not include so-called exempt compounds (that are assumed not to contribute to urban smog formation), the addition of exempt compounds to LEED compliant products is further limited:
        • Intentional addition of more than 1% weight by mass of total exempt compounds shall be disclosed; but there is no cut-off limit except this one:
        • Methylene chloride and perchloroethylene must not be added intentionally.
    • For some building types (hospitals, schools) this applies also to exterior coatings.
    • For LEED projects outside the USA, local VOC content regulations are accepted as alternative proof, such as European Decopaint regulation, or regulations in Canada and in Hong Kong.
    • Alternative testing methods (e.g. ISO 11890) are accepted if the Californian testing protocols are not reasonably applicable.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see the credit documents

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for Adhesives and Sealants

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

Compliance

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each wet applied product category (adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings) must comply with the requirements on low VOC content, and
  • 90% (by volume) of the wet applied products must comply with the requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within each concerned system, such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credit 4.1

See our special page for the related LEED 2009 specifications.

LEED in Italy

GBC Italia has different specifications - you need to show compliance with EMICODE EC1 specifications for EQ credit 4.1 in Italian version of LEED.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED 2009 Adhesives & Sealants

There are VOC requirements for adhesives and sealants in the LEED 2009 specifications.

These go for VOC content determination, where all volatiles are determined by weight loss after drying at 110°C during 1h. Besides VOC, also water evaporates then. Therefore a water determination is added and all water is subtracted. Furthermore, all VOCs that are not relevant for ozone generation in ground-level atmosphere ("exempt compounds") are subtracted. Here you can download an illustration. Limit values are different per product group and application.

Some examples of limit values (Volatiles minus water minus exempt compounds):

  • Flooring adhesives 50 g/l
  • Rubber floor adhesives 60 g/l
  • Wood floor adhesives 100 g/l
  • Indoor sealants 250 g/l

The data can be determined by calculation or by testing. References methods include SCAQMD rule 1168, SCAQMD methods 304 and 303, ASTM D2369 and D3960, EPA method 24. Also ISO 11890-1 is equivalent to ASTM D2369.

For testing, the laboratory needs to know what type of adhesive or sealant the test is about. Please see a table with the different product groups and respective limit values. And please use our LEED specific order form.

Other points may be achieved for recyclable and for recycled content.

Please note:

US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for Paints and Coatings

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

Compliance

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each wet applied product category (adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings) must comply with the requirements on low VOC content, and
  • 90% (by volume) of the wet applied products must comply with the requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within each concerned system, such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credit 4.2

See our special page for the related LEED 2009 specifications.

LEED in Italy

GBC Italia has different specifications - you need to show compliance with EU Decopaint Directive Phase 2 limit values for EQ credit 4.2 in Italian version of LEED.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED 2009 Paints & Coatings

There are VOC requirements for paints and coatings in the LEED 2009 specifications.

These go for VOC content determination, where all volatiles are determined by weight loss after drying at 110°C during 1h. Besides VOC, also water evaporates then. Therefore a water determination is added and all water is subtracted. Furthermore, all VOCs that are not relevant for ozone generation in ground-level atmosphere ("exempt compounds") are subtracted. Here you can download an illustration. Limit values are different per product group and application.

Some examples of limit values (Volatiles minus water minus exempt compounds):

  • Interior wall and ceiling coatings 50 / 150 g/l
  • Wood coating 350 - 550 g/l
  • Floor coatings 100 g/l

The data can be determined by calculation or by testing. References methods include SCAQMD rule 1113, SCAQMD methods 304 and 303, ASTM D2369 and D3960, EPA method 24. Also ISO 11890-1 is equivalent to ASTM D2369.

For testing, the laboratory needs to know what type of paint or coating the test is about. Please see a table with the different product groups and respective limit values.

Other points may be achieved for recyclable and for recycled content.

Please note:

US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for Flooring Systems

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each the installed products and furniture category must comply with the new requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within different systems such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credit 4.3

See our special page for the related LEED 2009 specifications.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED 2009 Textile Flooring Systems

There are VOC requirements for textile floorings in the LEED 2009 specifications.

There are these ways to show compliance:

Option 1a:

All carpet and all carpet cushion must meet the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus program.

Option 1b:

Maximum VOC concentrations are less than or equal to those specified in the CDPH California Department of Health Services Standard Practice for the Testing of Volatile Organic Emissions from Various Sources Using Small-Scale Environmental Chambers, including 2004 Addenda, using the office scenario as defined in Table 7.5 within the practice. The additional VOC concentration limits listed in Section 9.1a must also be met.

This can be shown either by CRI Green Label Plus certification, or by emission chamber testing in a qualified independent laboratory, such as Eurofins Product Testing A/S or Eurofins Product Testing NA - without CRI certification, and without the expensive testing laboratory used by CRI.

US Green Building Council clearly states that certification by CRI is not necessary, it is just one option. CRI certification must not be required by LEED reviewers as the only option.

Option 2:

All flooring products must meet the testing and product requirements of the CDPH 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 CRI certification, and without using the expensive testing laboratory used by CRI.

Earlier LEED versions (before 2009) had the same requirement, but only for carpets and not for other types of flooring.

Additionally, all carpet adhesive must have less than 50 g/L VOC, determined 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.

US GBC: Carpets do not need CRI certification for LEED 2009 compliance

The EQ Technical Advisory Group (TAG) discussed some misunderstanding occurring in the field. In its call minutes of January 11, 2011, it was stated under item 4.a.:

The TAG discussed a question regarding the documentation section of EQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials- Flooring Systems as it pertains to carpets. Project teams have sometimes interpreted this credit to read that carpets must have Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Plus (GLP) certification to capture the credit. The TAG confirmed that all carpet installed in the building interior must meet the testing and product requirements of the program, however, this does not preclude products that meet these requirements but are tested by a means other than GLP.

A comparison between limit values of AgBB, GUT, Blue Angel and CDPH Section 01350 was made available by GUT both in English and in German. It clearly shows that requirements of CRI are much weaker than European requirements.

Please note:

US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED 2009 non-Textile Flooring Systems

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.

Please note:

US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each the installed products and furniture category must comply with the new requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within different systems such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credit 4.3

See our special page for the related LEED LEED 2009 specifications.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for Ceiling and Wall Systems

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each the installed products and furniture category must comply with the new requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within different systems such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credits

There are no specific VOC emission requirements for ceiling and wall systems in the LEED 2009 specifications.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for Insulation

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each the installed products and furniture category must comply with the new requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within different systems such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credits

There are no specific VOC emission requirements for insulation systems in the LEED 2009 specifications.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED for System Furniture and Seating

LEED, the US originated rating system for sustainable buildings, is requested by more and more building planners across the Globe.

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED and interior products

The new version LEED v4 is available since November 2013. The new version brings substantial changes and improvements. During a transition phase until October 2016, projects could select either LEED 2009 or LEED v4. In that period, and until all LEED 2009 building projects have been completed, manufacturers of products will face requests whether their products comply with LEED both with respect to the old and the new version. US GBC declared that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Between one and three points can be earned if the specifications on low VOC emissions are fulfilled partly or completely. For details please see these exemplary credit documents

LEED projects can follow different approaches. If following the product approach, then

  • 100% of each the installed products and furniture category must comply with the new requirements on low VOC emissions 

to collect credit points. If following the systems approach, then VOC compliance is evaluated for all products within different systems such as floors and walls.

LEED version 2009 and EQ credit 4.5

See our special page for the related LEED 2009 specifications.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED 2009 System Furniture and Seating

There are VOC emission requirements for system furniture and seating in the LEED 2009 specifications.

Limit values to be respected in a model office room:

System furniture
(furniture made of several elements, e.g. in offices, class rooms, hotels)

  • TVOC - 0.5 mg/m³
  • Formaldehyde - 50 ppb
  • Total aldehydes - 100 ppb
  • 4-Phenylcyclohexene - 0.0065 mg/m³

Seating:

  • Half the values of system furniture

There are three ways to show compliance.

Option 1: Testing and calculation of test results into a typical model office shows indoor air concentrations that are less than or equal to those listed above for furniture systems and seating, based on ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2007 and ANSI/BIFMA X7.1-2007 testing protocol, and tested in an independent third party air quality testing laboratory - such as Eurofins Product Testing A/S.

This can be shown either by just testing in a qualified laboratory, or by certification byan independent third party. Eurofins Product Testing A/S is an approved testing laboratory for testing within that process.

Option 2: Furniture and seating are Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified.

Option 3: Same as option 1, but testing follows a 1999 EPA Large Chamber Test Protocol, tested in an independent air quality testing laboratory. Option 3 is not used any longer in reality, and therefore it was skipped from the credit in a recent agenda.

The option with best costs / benefit ratio clearly is option 1.

Other points may be achieved for recyclable and for recycled content.

Please note:

US GBC declared in October 2014 that projects that run under LEED 2009 may decide to apply the low VOC credit of LEED v4.

Documentation

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.

 LEED and products in Italy

Why and when it can be meaningful to show LEED compliance of a product, and which LEED credits can support use of sustainable products in LEED projects, is explained on our page www.eurofins.com/leed-products.

Can products be LEED labeled?

Products cannot be LEED certified. Only buildings can. USGBC does not foresee any type of "LEED compliance" attestation of a product. LEED related labels "may not be placed on product packaging under any circumstances", as stated in the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines on page 13 (as in the version valid in 2014).

LEED Italy

GBC Italia has some different specifications, compared with other countries.

LEED for adhesives and sealants

GBC Italia has some different specifications - you need to show compliance with EMICODE EC1 specifications for credit QI 4.1 in LEED 2009 Italia NC (New Constructions) and in LEED GBC Historic Building, and for credit QI 3 in LEED Italia GBC Home V2.

LEED for paints and coatings

GBC Italia has some different specifications - you need to show compliance with some VOC content limits as specified in credit QI 4.1 in LEED 2009 Italia NC (New Constructions) and in LEED GBC Historic Building, and in credit QI 3 in LEED Italia GBC Home V2.

LEED for textile and resilient floorings

For LEED 2009 Italia NC (New Constructions) and for LEED GBC Historic Building,credit QI 4.1, you need to show compliance with CRI Green Label or Green Label Plus or FloorScore or CDPH - like in US LEED 2009, and without allowing a European alternative pathway.

For LEED Italia GBC Home V2, credit QI 3, you need to show compliance with either French class A+, OR with German AgBB. Please note that this is the weakest requirement of any LEED program across the world. A flooring compatible with LEED Italia GBC Home V2 credit QI 3, based on the French class A+, can have much higher VOC emissions than accepted for any other LEED program at any place in the world. LEED compliance is only given for LEED Italia GBC Home V2 in that case.

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

Further information regarding LEED:

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 regulationFrench VOC regulationsGerman VOC regulationsEMICODE, 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 markCE 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:
www.eurofins.com/voc-contacts.