LEED® Certification

Formica® Brand products support conservation and green building practices and may contribute toward achieving LEED building certification.


LEED Green Building Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) created the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, which quantifies the measures taken toward constructing a greener building through sustainable design. The LEED Rating System (Link this term to the USGBC LEED home page) takes into consideration practices relevant to the natural environment such as the use of sustainable resources, conservation of non-sustainable resources and reduction of pollutants.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has created LEED Canada (Link this term to the CaGBC LEED home page), an adaptation of the LEED Rating System used in the United States tailored to Canadian climates, construction practices and regulations. While the prerequisites and intent are aligned, consult regional LEED documentation for specific requirements

LEED v4 Credit Contribution

Formica® Laminate and Formica® Solid Surfacing are applied as a decorative surface to countertops, cabinets, furniture and fixtures and partitions, among other applications.

As a component material, they may contribute toward LEED credits for building certification in the following categories:

Materials and Resources

-Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental product declarations
-Option 1 – environmental product declaration (EPD)
Industry Wide EPD (generic) (link to EPD certificate) 

-Building product disclosure and optimization-Sourcing of Raw Materials
- Option 2 – Leadership extraction practices 
-Wood Products: Formica® Laminate contains FSC Certified Wood and can be incorporated into the manufacture of FSC certified assembled products, such as furniture and furnishings. Formica Corporation holds an FSC Chain of Custody Certificate. (Link to FSC certificate). 

-Recycled Content: Formica® Laminate and Formica® Renew Series Solid Surface contain recycled content. (Links to recycled content certificates).

-Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients
- Option 1 – Material Ingredient Reporting 
Health Product Declaration (HPD) (Link to HPD).

Indoor Environmental Quality

-Low-emitting Materials
- General emissions evaluation
- GREENGUARD low chemical emissions testing- Formica Corporation exceeds the industry’s highest standards for Indoor Air Quality, with GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold for laminate and solid surfacing. (Link to certificates or to Emissions & Greenguard page). 

-Interior Lighting
- Option 2 – Lighting Quality
Subpart F- Worksurface Reflectance
The following patterns meet or exceed the average surface reflectance of 45%: 

5344 Seed, 9309 Star Dune, 692 Folkstone Celesta, 6322 Natural Grasscloth, 6699 Sand Flow, 7265 Sand Stone, 3546 River Gold, 3453 Parquet Latte, 8825 Platinum Drops, 6362 Concrete Formwood, 8910 Raw Birchply, 8956 Bubble Science, 929 Oyster Gray, 9478 Marfil Antico, 7022 Natural Canvas, 9155 Lichen, 6930 Natural Cane, 800 Artichoke, 9237 Sand Maple, 3458 Travertine Silver, 8839 Ashen Ribbonwood, 9476 White Ice Granite, 85851 Aruba Tan, 8958 Bubble Art, 1816 Fogdust, 9238 Chelsea Maple, 6218 Crème Quarstone, 6325 Gray Josef Linen, 7708 Flax Gauze, 9243 Zen Grey, 9151 Knoll Folkstone, 91847 Natural Maple, 9161 Knoll Willow Gray, 8957 Bubble Organic, 7494 Carrara Envision, 6925 Maple Woodline, 507 Folkstone Grafix, 3452 Santa Cecilia Gold, 3422 Crema Mascarello, 927 Folkstone, 464 Graystone, 86992 Hard Rock, 7264 Lime Stone, 8843 Natural Ash, 85978 Soft Grey,8168 Gray Splatter, 756 Natural Maple, 899 Desert Beige, 9281 Ash Riftwood, 6729 Paloma Bisque, 9306 White Bardiglio, 9488 Crème Lacquered Linen, 8826 Neutral Twill, 7735 Portico Marble, 3209 Sol, 3460 Calacatta Marble, 9175 Micro Grey, 6920 Mineral Spa, 858 Pumice, 8858 Just Rose, 6314 Neo Cloud, 9477 Marfil Cream, 303 Antique White Oxide, 8905 Waxed Maple, 9285 White Twill, 6696 Carrara Bianco, 132 Classic Onyx, 5270 Geo White, 9159 Sand, 827 White Onyx, 9174 Micro Sand, 5875 Neutral Weft, 923 Surf, 9176 Brushed Sand, 5281 Dogbone White, 1485 Chrome Yellow, 8841 White Ash, 920 Almond, 9310 White Marble Herringbone, 6698 Paloma Polar, 300 Sail White Oxide, 463 Sail White, 2007 Dali, 934 Pearl, 8902 White Painted Wood, 9499 White Malachite, 7182 Dunewood, 8824 White Drops, 7882 Pale Gold, 9314 Lovewords, 918 Neutral White, 7197 Dover White, 9164 Snow, 459 Britewhite, 9315 Colorbook, 9244 Classic White, 9498 White Greek Key, 9313 Imagigrid, 932 Antique White, 933 Mission White, 949 White, 7223 New White


Visit our Product Certifications page to view certificates for Formica® Brand products. 

 

LEED 2009 Credit Contribution

Registration Close: October 31, 2016
Certification Sunset: June 30, 2021 

Formica® Laminate and Formica® Solid Surfacing are applied as a decorative surface to countertops, cabinets, furniture and fixtures and partitions, among other applications.

As a component material, they may contribute toward LEED credits for building certification in the following categories:

MR 4 Recycled Content

Determined in accordance with ISO Standard 14021. Formica® Laminate and Formica® Renew Series Solid Surface contain recycled content. 

MR 5 Regional Materials

–Formica® Laminate is manufactured in Cincinnati, OH or St.Jean, Quebec plants. 
-Acrylic-based Formica® Solid Surfacing is produced in Florence, Kentucky. (A select few polyester-based colors are produced in China). See the solid surfacing documents section for manufacturing location of specific colorways.

MR 6 Rapidly Renewable Materials

Decometal® products contain a weighted average of 6.5% rapidly renewable eucalyptus wood.

MR 7 Certified Wood

Formica® Laminate contains FSC Certified Wood and can be incorporated into the manufacture of FSC certified assembled products, such as furniture and furnishings. Formica Corporation holds an FSC Chain of Custody Certificate. 

IEQ 4.5 Low-Emitting Materials – Systems Furniture and Seating

We exceed the industry’s highest standards for Indoor Air Quality with GREENGUARD certification on Formica® Laminate (ColorCore®2, Formica Infiniti™, Chemtop®, Compact, Formica Envision™, Fire Rated, Cabinet Liners, Backers, Decometal® Metal Laminates and Formica® Solid Surfacing products. 

LEED® specification sheets

LEED Specifications Sheet—Renew Series
LEED Specifications Sheet—Compact
LEED Specifications Sheet—Grades 10, 12 & 20
LEED Specifications Sheet—DecoMetal
LEED Specifications Sheet—Colorcore2
LEED Specifications Sheet—Chemtop
LEED Specifications Sheet—Access Flooring