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 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: