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LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors | 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

Credit substitution available

You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.

1 Systems furniture is defined as either a panel-based workstation comprised of modular interconnecting panels, hang-on components and
drawer/filing components, or a freestanding grouping of furniture items and their components that have been designed to work in concert.
Furniture other than systems furniture and task and guest chairs used with systems furniture is defined as occasional furniture and is excluded
from the credit requirements.

2 Seating is defined as task and guest chairs used with systems furniture

3 Salvaged and used furniture that is more than 1-year-old at time of occupancy is excluded from the credit requirements.

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