I have a project looking to get LEED credit for kitchen casework. The boxes will be made of melamine-faced particleboard and the doors made of MDF.
The question is, if the particleboard and MDF are certified to comply with TSCA Title VI, does that satisfy the requirements for obtaining LEED points? It seems very confusing to me and the only guidance USGBC has given is what is on their website:
"Product meets one of the following:
- EPA TSCA Title VI or California Air Resources Board (CARB) ATCM for formaldehyde requirements for ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resins or
- EPA TSCA Title VI or CARB ATCM formaldehyde requirements for no added formaldehyde resins (NAF)."
But it is not clear to me if being TSCA Title VI certified means that you automatically also meet the CARB ATCM for ULEF or NAF; or is TSCA Title VI just a baseline requirement and ULEF and NAF require adhering to a more stringent level of emissions than TSCA? Nowhere in my online research have I been able to locate a clear answer to this.
Any advice would be appreciated.