LEED Criteria

LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, established by the U.S. Green Building Council. As the world’s leading green building project and performance management system, LEED delivers a comprehensive framework for green building design, construction, operations, and performance.

Because LEED rates projects, not products, a product cannot carry its own LEED rating. All building types and building phases, such as new construction, interior fit-outs, operations and maintenance, and core and shell are included in LEED. The LEED rating systems that pertain to interior products are "Building Design + Construction" (BD+C) and "Interior Design + Construction" (ID+C). These products can contribute to the following credits:

Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) Credits—The product must meet VOC content evaluation in accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.2–2017. Projects may choose from any of the following credits:

  • EQ Credit 4.2: Paints and Coatings
  • EQ Credit 4.4: Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
  • EQ Credit 4.6: Ceiling and Wall Systems

Materials and Resources (MR) Credits—Manufacturers must report the contents of their product by chemical name and CASRN, and by ingredient hazard properties.

  • MR Credit, Option 1: Environmental Product Declarations—Select products verified to have improved environmental lifecycle impacts.
  • MR Credit: Sourcing of Raw Materials—Select products verified to have been extracted or sourced in a responsible manner.
  • MR Credit 4.1: A minimum of 25% of building materials must contain a minimum weighted average of 20% post-consumer recycled content or 40% post-industrial recycled content.
  • MR Credit 4.2: An additional 25% of building materials must contain the same minimums of recycled content as MR Credit 4.1.