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 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, 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 Everform™ Solid Surface 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

To download any of the following EPD certificates, visit www.FormicaDocs.info

  • Formica Corporation HPL EPD
  •  Formica Corporation Compact EPD

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.
  • Recycled Content: Formica® Laminate and Formica® Renew Series Solid Surface contain recycled content.

Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients
Option 1 – Material Ingredient Reporting 

To download any of the following HPD certificates, visit www.FormicaDocs.info

  • Health Product Declaration (HPD) v2.2 Grades 10, 12, 20, A-7
  • Health Product Declaration (HPD) v2.2 ColorCore®2 Laminate
  • Health Product Declaration (HPD) v2.2 Compact
  • Health Product Declaration (HPD) v2.2 HardStop™ Decorative Protection Panels
  • Health Product Declaration (HPD) v2.2 Backing Sheets
    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.

    Interior Lighting

    • Option 2 – Lighting Quality
      • Subpart F– Worksurface Reflectance

      To download our Formica® Brand LRV Reference Document, which details which patterns meet or exceed the average surface reflectance of 45%, visit www.FormicaDocs.info 

      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 Everform™ Solid Surface 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 Everform™ Solid Surface 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. To download our FSC documentation, visit www.FormicaDocs.info

    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, Compact, Formica Envision™, Fire Rated, Cabinet Liners, Backers, DecoMetal® Metal Laminates and Everform™ Solid Surface products. 

    LEED® specification sheets

    To download any of the LEED® specification sheets listed below, visit www.FormicaDocs.info

    LEED Specifications Sheet—Everform™ Solid Surface (Renew Series)
    LEED Specifications Sheet—Compact
    LEED Specifications Sheet—Grades 10, 12 & 20
    LEED Specifications Sheet—DecoMetal®
    LEED Specifications Sheet—ColorCore®2
    LEED Specifications Sheet—Access Flooring

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    At Formica Corporation, we continually strive to create innovative products that promote a healthier environment to support sustainable design.

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