LEED® v4

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED® provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership. Wilsonart products can contribute to meeting credit requirements on a LEED-certified project, typically as a part of a finished article or permanently installed product, especially with High Pressure Laminates (HPL) that are certified with Recycled Content.

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES (MR)

MR CREDIT: BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION— ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS

Option 1. Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Use at least 20 different permanently installed products sourced from at least five different manufacturers that meet one of the disclosure criteria below.

REQUIREMENTS

Environmental Product Declarations which conform to ISO 14025and EN 15804 or ISO 21930 and have at least a cradle to gate scope.

  • Industry-wide (generic) EPD -- Products with third-party certification (Type III), including external verification, in which the manufacturer is explicitly recognized as a participant by the program operator are valued as one half (1/2) of a product for purposes of credit achievement calculation.
  • Product-specific Type III EPD -- Products with third-party certification (Type III), including external verification in which the manufacturer is explicitly recognized as the participant by the program operator are valued as one whole product for purposes of credit achievement calculation.

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

As stated in LEED v4: "The required scope of this credit is permanently installed building products and furniture within the project scope or work". HPL is a decorative surface which is bonded to a substrate to provide structural support before being fabricated or converted into a finished article by skilled fabricators. The final product will typically include the substrate, an adhesive and other components such as edge banding, drawer slides, door handles, or door cores, composite wood face sheets, etc. HPL does not qualify for this credit in the format produced by Wilsonart or other HPL manufacturers. For manufactures of finished articles an industry average Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and/or a Health Product Declaration ( HPD) is available for use in preparing an EPD of finished articles.


MR CREDIT: BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION – SOURCING OF RAW MATERIALS

Option 2. Leadership Extraction Practices - Wood products
Use products that meet at least one of the responsible extraction criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products in the project.

REQUIREMENTS

Wood products. Wood products must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or USGBC-approved equivalent. Products meeting wood products criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation.

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

Forest Stewardship Council Certification - Wilsonart was the first North American Laminate manufacturer to receive Forest Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification SCS-COC-002415. All standard Wilsonart Laminates use FSC certified papers (see FSC certificates), if you require FSC chain of custody documentation, it must be requested on the purchase order.


MR CREDIT: BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION – SOURCING OF RAW MATERIALS

Option 2. Leadership Extraction Practices
Use products that meet at least one of the responsible extraction criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products in the project.

REQUIREMENTS

Recycled content. Recycled content is the sum of postconsumer recycled content plus one-half the preconsumer recycled content, based on cost. Products meeting recycled content criteria are valued at 100% of their cost for the purposes of credit achievement calculation

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

Recycled content varies based upon product type.  The following Wilsonart® Laminates and backers have been certified by SCS Global Services for recycled content.

WILSONART RECYCLE CONTENT CERTIFICATES

High Pressure Laminate (Type) Recycled Content Certificate
335, 735 Minimum 34% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-02028
350, 376, 776 Minimum 22% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-03133
107, 174 Minimum 17% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-03131
362, 364, 367, 762 Minimum 32% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-06240
372, 374, 377 Minimum 21% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-06241
Laminate Backers (Type) Recycled Content Certificate
203, 207 Minimum 32% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-02027
202, 220, 230 Minimum 67% post-consumer recycled content SCS-MC-02478

MR CREDIT: BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION – MATERIAL INGREDIENTS

Option 1. Material Ingredient Reporting - Health Product Declaration
Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different manufacturers that use any of the following programs to demonstrate the chemical inventory of the product to at least 0.1% (1000 ppm).

REQUIREMENTS

Health Product Declaration. The end use product has a published, complete Health Product Declaration with full disclosure of known hazards in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open Standard.

 

WILSONART HPD v2.2 DOCUMENTATION

Wilsonart® HPL STANDARD
Wilsonart® HD® & Premium HPL
High Wear
Markerboard
Chalkboard
Virtual Design Library (VDL)
Wilsonart By You (WXY)
Solid Surface
Quartz

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

As stated in LEED v4: "Use at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different suppliers…". HPL is a decorative surface which is bonded to a substrate to provide structural support before being fabricated or converted into a finished article by skilled fabricators. The final product will typically include the substrate, an adhesive and other components such as edge banding, drawer slides, door handles, or door cores, composite wood face sheets, etc. HPL does not qualify for this credit in the format produced by Wilsonart or other HPL manufacturers. A Health Prodcut Declaration (HPD) is one option for reporting material ingredients under this LEED v4 credit. For Manufacturers of finished articles an industry average Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and/or a Health Product Declaration (HPD) is available for use in preparing an EPD of finished articles. Wilsonart supports numerous green certification initiatives by working directly with our building industry customers such as office furniture, architectural doors, wall panels, countertops, cabinets, etc.

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (EQ)

EQ CREDIT: LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS

Emissions and Content Requirements -
General emissions evaluation

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

UL GREENGUARD low chemical emissions testing - Wilsonart Laminate exceeds the industry's highest standards for Indoor Air Quality, with UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification for low chemical emissions on all laminate types. 

WILSONART CERTIFICATES


EQ CREDIT: LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS

Emissions and Content Requirements -
Additional VOC content requirements for wet-applied products.
Additional VOC content requirements for wet-applied products. In addition to meeting the general requirements for VOC emissions (above), on-site wet-applied products must not contain excessive levels of VOCs, for the health of the installers and other tradesworkers who are exposed to these products. To demonstrate compliance, a product or layer must meet the following requirements, as applicable. Disclosure of VOC content must be made by the manufacturer. Any testing must follow the test method specified in the applicable regulation.

REQUIREMENTS

All adhesives and sealants wet-applied on site must meet the applicable chemical content requirements of SCAQMD Rule 1168, July 1, 2005, Adhesive and Sealant Applications, as analyzed by the methods specified in Rule 1168. The provisions of SCAQMD Rule 1168 do not apply to adhesives and sealants subject to state or federal consumer product VOC regulations.

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

An adhesive or sealant must contain less than 80 grams/liter VOC's in order to comply with SCAQMD Rule 1168. Wilsonart has 21 different adhesives (both PVA's and Contact Adhesive) which comply with SCAQMD rule 1168.  Please see “Wilsonart California Compliant Adhesives” link below for a complete list.


EQ CREDIT: LOW-EMITTING MATERIALS

Emissions and Content Requirements -
Composite Wood Evaluation.

REQUIREMENTS

Composite Wood Evaluation. Composite wood, as defined by the California Air Resources Board, Airborne Toxic Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulation, must be documented to have low formaldehyde emissions that meet the California Air Resources Board ATCM for formaldehyde requirements for ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resins or no added formaldehyde resins.

 

WILSONART DOCUMENTATION

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WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

The LEED v4 requirement for composite wood panels is that they meet California Air Resources Board Ultra Low Emitting (CARB ULEF) or No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) resin requirements. HPL is NOT a composite wood panel, even though it does contain paper which is derived from wood. Unfortunately, this is a common misunderstanding concerning HPL. Since HPL has low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and is NOT a Composite Wood Panel, it is EXEMPT from both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the EPA Composite Wood Rule. Most HPL product types may qualify as an individual component in a system or part of finished product or furniture; depending upon the LEED credit approach used. As a laminate Wilsonart HPL is exempt from reporting NAUF content. NAUF certification needs to be requested from the manufacturer of the finished article who will include the substrate (wood panel), adhesive, HPL decorative surface, backer, edge banding and other components into a certification for the finished product.

Wilsonart TFL panels are available with a ULEF or NAUF substrate and certifications are available upon request. Please contact a Wilsonart Sales Representative, Customer Service Representative or call the Wilsonart Customer Service Hotline at 800-433-3222.


EQ CREDIT: INTERIOR LIGHTING

Option 2. Lighting Quality - Subpart "F"

REQUIREMENTS

F. If furniture is included in the scope of work, select furniture finishes to meet or exceed the following thresholds for area-weighted average surface reflectance: 45% for work surfaces, and 50% for movable partitions.

WILSONART CONTRIBUTION

Light reflectance values (LRV) are pattern dependent. Please contact a Wilsonart Sales Representative, Customer Service Representative or call the Wilsonart Customer Service Hotline at 800-433-3222.