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With the recent changes in LEED v4, what credits can HPL qualify for?

LEED v4 credits applicable to HPL are shown below:

  • Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Environment Product Declaration (EPD)
    • As stated in LEED v4: "The required scope of this credit is permanently installed building products and furniture within the project scope of work."
    • HPL does not qualify for this credit in the format produced by Wilsonart or other HPL manufacturers.
    • HPL is a decorative surface, which is bonded to a substrate, to provide structural support before being fabricated into a converted into a finished article by skilled fabricators. The final product will typically include other accessories such as edgebanding, drawer slides, door handles, or door cores, composite wood face sheets, etc.
    • For manufacturers of finished articles, an industry average Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is available for use in preparing an EPD of finished articles.
  • Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Sourcing of Raw Materials
    • FSC Certification
    • Recycled Content Certification
    • HPL provides both of these certifications for use by the fabricators of finished products.
  • Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients
    • According to LEED v4: "Using at least 20 different permanently installed products from at least five different suppliers..."
    • HPL does not qualify for this credit in the format produced by Wilsonart or other HPL manufacturers.
    • 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 other accessories such as edgebanding, drawer slides, door handles, or door cores, composite wood face sheets, etc.
    • A Health Product Declaration (HPD) is one option for reporting material ingredients under this LEED v4 credit.
    • For manufacturers of finished articles, a Health Product Declaration (HPD) is available for use in preparing an HPD 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 Air Quality - Low-Emitting Materials
    • HPL is exempt from CARB and EPA Composite Wood Rule
    • HPL has UL GREENGUARD Certifications as a Low-Emitting Material and is available on www.wilsonart.com/laminate-certificates
    • HPL may qualify for credits as an individual component in a system or part of a finished product or furniture; depending on the LEED credit approach used.


What is LEED?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a suite of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Wilsonart products can earn credits on a LEED-certified project, typically as part of a finished article or permanently installed product.


Are the Wilsonart® Spectrum designs available in Chemsurf®?

Our Spectrum designs pair subtle, layered design with a vast range of colors.  If interested in this type of application, please contact your local Wilsonart Representative or email us healthcare@wilsonart.com.


Does Wilsonart have any case studies that illustrate the value of our products in healthcare applications?

Yes! Examples of Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces in healthcare applications can be found by visiting our case study page.


Are Wilsonart surfaces repairable if damage occurs?

HPL, Quartz and TFL are all considered non-repairable surfaces. There are some commercial products available to mask or fill defects for HPL and TFL, but they usually wear off after some general cleaning. The best option to repair a damaged laminate surface is to use RE-COVER™. For Quartz, there are some commercial fabricators that will use commercially available fillers to mask the damage. The success of these techniques is highly dependent on the pattern, color variation and fabricator skill.

Solid Surface and EOScu are considered completely repairable and renewable surfaces.  A quality certified Solid Surface or EOScu fabricator can repair or refinish heavily damaged areas back to an original condition while masking the appearance of seams that might have been required to repair the damage. Retention of color-matched materials obtained from the original job is recommended for a precise color match of the repair area.


Do you have ASTM E84 testing data for your products?

Yes. ASTM E84 test method rated class 1 and class A performance is available for Fire-Rated Laminate and Fire-Rated Compact Laminate, Solid Surface, EOScu, Quartz and TFL. TFL is available provided the fire-retardant substrates are used to assemble the TFL panel. More information can be found on the Technical Resources page of our website.  For EOScu, more information can be found in the EOScu CSI document, Section 2.3.H.


Where can I find out more information on the chemical resistance data of each product?

Chemical resistance data, if available, can be found in the Technical Data Sheet for each product.  Please visit our Resources page to locate the Tech Data Sheet for the product you are interested in.  


Does Wilsonart have Care and Maintenance information for its engineered surfaces?

Yes! Wilsonart has Care and Maintenance documents for most of our product categories. More information can be found on the Technical Resources page of our website.  Learn more about the EOScu Care and Maintenance documentation.


What are the results of UV disinfection exposure on Wilsonart materials?

Wilsonart qualifies all laminate (HPL/Chemsurf®/TFL) designs using the Xenon fade test (ISO4586-3) during the development stage. Solid Surface shows a significant resistance to fade upon exposure to UV exposure determined by the Xenon fade testing using NEMA LD3-2005 Method 3.3 (no-effect observed).  We are currently working on a method to test the UV performance metrics of our other engineered surfaces more frequently used in standard healthcare facilities.


What is your process for removing stains on Wilsonart® Solid Surface?

Stains that remain on Wilsonart’s solid surfacing can be easily removed with water and/or commercial cleaner. The removal process may require extra refinishing steps depending on the duration of contact time, frequency and concentration of the staining agent. For more information and a more extensive list of chemicals used, please view our Solid Surface Tech Data – Chemical Resistance Sheet.


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