US certification programme for sustainable buildings

Having been developed in 1998 by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) the LEED building classification programme has evolved to become one of the most important, voluntarily quality examinations of the world in the industry of environmentally friendly, low-pollutant, low-emission and sustainable building.

LEED is award in the classification of Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The categories of

  • Sustainable sites
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy & atmosphere
  • Materials & resources
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Innovation & design process

are considered for the different building types of

  • New construction
  • Existing buildings
  • Core and shell
  • Commercial interiors
  • Retail
  • Homes
  • Neighbourhood development
  • Schools
  • Healthcare

In November 2013 the current version LEEDv4 was published, becoming effective on November 1, 2016. veröffentlicht. It supersedes the pervious version of the building classification programme Leed (2009).

EQ Credit Low-Emitting-Materials

The requirements of the programme in the area of low-emission products (categorie: indoor air quality) are based on US standards like California Section 01350 and BIFMA for (office) furniture.

For LEED projects outside the US tests following the AgBB scheme and the value of formaldehyde of French VOC regulation A+ classification are accepted.

Since 2015 eco-INSTITUT-Label is approved as quality label in the context of LEEDv4 programmes’ EQ Credit Low-Emittung Materials.

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For the use in the context of LEED projects the following products can be tested by eco-INSTITUT:
  • Construction products
  • Furnishings

*Please note: LEED certification is not awarded by eco-INSTITUT itself. eco-INSTITUT is USGBC member andapproved to perform testing of low-emission and low-pollutant (indoor) construction products so they can be applied in LEED projects.

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