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| v3 - LEED 2009

Low-emitting materials - systems furniture and seating

EQc4.5 | Possible 1 point


To reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.


All systems furniture1 and seating2 that was manufactured, refurbished or refinished within 1 year prior3 to occupancy must meet 1 of the options below.


Furniture and seating are Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified.



Calculated indoor air concentrations that are less than or equal to those listed in Table 1 for furniture systems and seating determined by a procedure based on ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2007and ANSI/BIFMA X7.1-2007 testing protocol conducted in an independent third-party air quality testing laboratory.

The requirement in Section 5 of ANSI/BIFMA X7.1-2007 is waived for LEED purposes. Section 5 requires that laboratories used to perform the emissions testing and/or provide analytical results must be independently accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.”

Chemical Contaminant Emission Limits Systems Furniture Emission Limits Seating
TVOC 0.5 mg/m3 0.25 mg/m3
Formaldehyde 50 parts per billion 25 parts per billion
Total Aldehydes 100 parts per billion 50 parts per billion
4 – Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH) 0.0065 mg/m3 0.00325 mg/m3

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