This page is a guide of what to look for when selecting and submitting low-emitting products for LEED v4/v4.1 projects EQc2 credit. LEED v4 combined the v3 credits into one credit with multiple categories. To earn points, projects must comply with at least 2 categories and may earn an extra point for each extra category. EBE recommends always trading up to v4.1 for this credit.

  • Paints and Coatings
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Flooring 
  • Ceilings, Walls, Thermal and Acoustic Insulation
  • Composite Wood
  • Furniture
  • Wall Panels
  • Ceilings

 

 


EQC2 PAINTS AND COATINGS

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Paints and Coatings Requirements:

  • At least 75% of all paints and coatings, by volume, or surface area, meets the VOC emissions evaluation, and 100% meet the VOC content evaluation. 
  • It is recommended to strive for 100% meeting both the emissions evaluation and VOC content evaluation. 
  • The paints and coatings product category includes all interior paints and coatings applied on site within the weather barrier.

Below are examples of what to look for on product cut sheets and SDS sheets:

  • Must submit backup documentation of CDPH and VOC content.
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GreenGuard Gold is one example of a third-party certification that verifies CDPH compliance. However, third party certificates are not required to meet the criteria.

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EQC2 ADHESIVES AND SEALANTS

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Adhesives and Sealants Requirements:

  • At least 75% of all adhesives and sealants, by volume, or surface area, meets the VOC emissions evaluation, and 100% meet the VOC content evaluation. 
  • The adhesives and sealants product category includes all interior adhesives and sealants applied on site within the weather barrier.

Below are examples of what to look for on product cut sheets and SDS sheets:

  • Must submit backup documentation of CDPH and VOC content.
  • GreenGuard Gold certifications and Health Product Declarations are able to provide confirmation if applicable.
  • Berkeley Analytical also provides documentation for some products.
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EQC2 FLOORING

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Flooring Requirements: 

  • At least 90% of flooring, by cost, or surface area, must meet the VOC emissions evaluation, or inherently non-emitting sources criteria, or salvaged and reused materials criteria.
  • The flooring product category includes all types of hard and soft surface flooring (carpet, ceramic, vinyl, rubber, engineered, solid wood, laminates), wall base, under interior paints and coatings applied on site.
  • Subflooring is excluded.

Below are examples of what to look for on product cut sheets and SDS sheets: 

  • Third-party certifications such as Indoor Advantage Gold, GreenGuard Gold, FloorScore, and CRI Green Label Plus all adhere to CDPH emissions testing requirements. 
  • Confirmation on manufacturer documentation of CDPH Standard Method.
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EQC2 CEILINGS, WALLS, THERMAL AND ACOUSTIC INSULATION

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Insulation Requirements: 

  • At least 75% of all insulation material, by cost, or surface area, meets the VOC emissions evaluation. 
  • The insulation material category includes all thermal and acoustic boards, batts, rolls, blankets, sound attenuation fire blankets, foamed-in-place, loose-fill, blown, and sprayed insulation. 
  • Insulation for HVAC ducts and plumbing piping are excluded.

Below are examples of what to look for on product cut sheets and SDS sheets: 

  • Confirmation on manufacturer documentation of CDPH Standard Method.
  • GreenGuard Gold certifications are a common example of CDPH compliance for insulation.
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EQC2 COMPOSITE WOOD

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Composite Wood Requirements: 

  • At least 75% of all composite wood, by cost, or surface area, meets the Formaldehyde emissions evaluation, or salvaged and reused materials criteria.
  • The composite wood product category includes all particleboard, medium density fiberboard, hardwood veneer plywood, and structural composite wood not included in the flooring, ceiling, wall panels, or furniture material categories.

Below are examples of what to look for on product cut sheets and SDS sheets: 

  • Most commonly looking for ULEF or NAF under TSCA Title VI, ULEF or NAF under CARB ATCM.
  • Other options for structural wood and other purposes include: plywood PS 1-09 or PS 2-10, OSB Exposure 1 or Exterior bond classifications per PS 2-10, structural composite lumber- ASTM D 5456-13, glued laminated timber- ANSI A190.1-2012, I-joists ASTM D 5055-13, cross-laminated timber PRG 320-15.

 

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EQC2 FURNITURE

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Furniture Requirements:

  • At least 75% of all furniture in the project scope of work, by cost, meets the furniture emissions evaluation, or inherently non-emitting sources criteria, or salvaged and reused materials criteria.
  • The furniture product category includes all stand-alone furniture items purchased for the project.

 

Wall Panels Requirements:

  • At least 75% of all wall panels, by cost, or surface area, meets the VOC emissions evaluation, or inherently non-emitting sources criteria, or salvaged and reused materials criteria.
  • The wall panels product category includes all finish wall treatments (wall coverings, wall paneling, wall tile), surface wall structures such as gypsum or plaster, cubicle/curtain/partition walls, trim, doors, frames, windows, and window treatments. 
  • Removable/interchangeable fabric panels, built-in cabinetry, and vertical structural elements are excluded.

Ceilings Requirements: 

  • At least 90% of all ceilings, by cost, or surface area, meets the VOC emissions evaluation, or inherently non-emitting sources criteria, or salvaged and reused materials criteria. 
  • The ceiling product category includes all ceiling panels, ceiling tile, surface ceiling structures such as gypsum or plaster, suspended systems (including canopies and clouds), and glazed skylights. 
  • Overhead structural elements (exposed, finished, and unfinished) are excluded.