LEED for Schools FAQ’s for Customers
1. What is LEED for Schools?
The LEED for Schools Green Building Rating system provides a set of performance
standards for certifying the design and construction phases of school buildings. The intent of
LEED for Schools is to assist in the creation of healthy, high performance, environmentally
sound school buildings
2. Is LEED for Schools different than other LEED Rating Systems?
Yes. Some of the project requirements are different in the LEED for Schools Rating System
than in the other rating systems.
3. Is the project registered under the LEED for Schools Rating System?
Not all projects with school names are registered under LEED for Schools. It is important to
know which rating system the project is registered under, to ensure that you are quoting the
correct product for the desired credits.
4. How do I find out what rating system the project is registered under?
The architect or contractor should be able to provide you with the rating system the project
was registered under. You may also be able to locate the project in the USGBC Registered
Project List at the following link;
5. What should I look for if bidding a LEED for Schools project?
LEED for Schools includes a Prerequisite #3 Minimum Acoustical Performance requirement.
The prerequisite refers to the minimum acoustic performance of a given area, not specific to
doors. ANSI Standard S12-60-2002 Acoustical Performance Criteria is noted as a reference
for additional guidance. You may want to ask if acoustic doors are required for any of the
The Low-Emitting Materials credit Option 4 for Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products notes
that “All composite wood and agrifiber products installed in the building interior shall meet the
testing and product requirements of the California Department of Health Services Standard
Practice for The Testing Of Volatile Organic Emissions From Various Sources Using Small-
Scale Environmental Chambers, including 2004 Addenda.” This is different than all other
rating systems, as it requires independent testing of finished products. It does not require
those products to be made with No Added Urea Formaldehyde. Projects registered as LEED
for Schools may choose to adopt the EQ 4 credits from LEED New Construction if they are
finding it difficult to find products that meet the LEED for Schools standard. This would then
require the composite wood and agrifiber products to be manufactured with No Added Urea
Formaldehyde. Manufacturing products with No Added Urea Formaldehyde will add
additional cost to the project.
NOTE: Doors manufactured in Marshfield, WI that are factory finished, primed, or laminate
are 3 party certified through Scientific Certification Systems Indoor Advantage Gold
Certification and meet the LEED for Schools Low-Emitting Materials requirements. This
certification includes products manufactured with Urea Formaldehyde and those manufactured
with No Added Urea Formaldehyde.