How PID Floors Products Can Contribute Towards Achieving LEED® v4 Credits

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) does not certify, endorse, or promote specific products, or companies. LEED® is a green building certification system which basis is its certification level awarded on the whole system life cycle of a building. Many credit points are granted on the use of building materials that meet specific performance standards. Projects must prove that all building materials work in harmony to achieve performance standards. Therefore, one product by itself cannot contribute towards achieving a credit for a LEED® category credit, but it can contribute towards meeting set performance standards that achieve category credits.

PID Floors is well versed in the standards set by the LEED® rating system, and are in a vigorous research phase of different product certifications our products can attain. Please check back periodically, as our product line will be receiving an eco-overhaul.


MR Credit – Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials 

Requirement:    Option 2. Leadership Extraction Practices (1 point)

Use products that meet at least one of the responsible extraction criteria below for at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products.

  1. Wood products must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® or USGBC-approved equivalent.
  2. Extended producer responsibility.
  3. Bio-based materials. Bio-based raw materials must be tested using ASTM Test Method D6866 and be legally harvested.
  4. Materials reuse. Includes salvaged, refurbished, or reused products.
  5. Recycled content.

PID Floors Can Contribute:

  1. We offer FSC® certified wood floors through our Chain of Custody license. Please ask about our FSC® certified materials.
  2. We offer reclaimed wood floors that are sourced from factories, and weathered barns. Options include antique oak, hickory, beech, maple, douglas fir, heart pine, and wormy chestnut.


EQ Credit – Indoor Environmental Quality – Low-Emitting Materials

Standards are set for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the indoor air and the VOC content of materials, as well as the testing methods by which indoor VOC emissions are determined.

Requirement:    Flooring must meet 100% compliance with the requirements set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method v1.1–2010, which states that VOC emissions are tested using a small-chamber method.

Wet applied on site finishes, shall meet or exceed the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2007, Suggested Control Measure (SCM) for Architectural Coatings, or the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Rule 1113. Wet applied on site finishes and adhesives must meet or exceed the SCAQMD Rule 1168 standards.

Flooring materials made of composite wood shall adhere to the California Air Resources Board ATCM for formaldehyde requirements for ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resins or no added formaldehyde resins.

Unfinished solid wood floor is compliant with this credit. Salvaged wood more than a year old adheres to the credit requirements as long as the finish, adhesives, and sealants comply.

PID Floors Can Contribute:

We have products available that have either been tested per the CDPH Standard Method v1.1-2010, and/or are currently in the process of testing for compliance.

We have engineered products that have composite wood cores that comply with the CARB Phase 2 standard.

We have finishes and adhesives available with No-Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF), No-Added Formaldehyde (NAF), Ultra-Low Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF), low VOC content, water-based solution instead of solvent-based, all which contribute towards the low emitting indoor materials category credit.


Innovation Credit

Requirement:    Teams can use innovation, pilot, and exemplary performance strategies.

Option 3. additional strategies (1–2 points)

Exemplary performance may be achieved in an existing prerequisite or credit that allows exemplary performance, as outlined in the LEED® v4 Reference Guide. An exemplary performance point is awarded for achieving double the credit requirements or the next incremental percentage threshold.

PID Floors Can Contribute:

PID Floors products can show exemplary performance for the credits mentioned above through additional testing and certifications which we are in the process of establishing. Please check back periodically as we continuously add certifications, transparency documents, and test results to our line.


To the best of our knowledge, the information contained herein is accurate and reliable as of the date of publication; however, we do not assume any liability whatsoever for the accuracy and completeness of the above information.