Making Sense of LEED's Formaldehyde Ruling
LEED Interpretation #10250 allows for the use of urea in combination with melamine formaldehyde (MF) as long as products meet California's ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resin standards.
March 1, 2013
By Brent Ehrlich
Composite wood products made with added urea formaldehyde (UF) are one of the few products that LEED has consistently banned under its longstanding IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials credit. However, LEED Interpretation #10250, issued January 1, 2013 (revised April 1, 2013), and applicable to all LEED projects, now allows for the use of urea in combination with melamine formaldehyde (MF) in certain circumstances.