American Seating

Introduction to LEED, FCS and UF


LEED – Leaders in Energy & Environmental Design

FSC – Forestry Stewardship Council

UF – Urea Formaldehyde

Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design LEED

LEED is the process for having buildings (not products) rated for their energy and environmental design which can achieve LEED Certification for the building.

LEED Certification is broken down into several building categories

  • NC – New Construction & Major Remodeling
    • Multiple Building Campuses
    • Schools
    • Healthcare
    • Retail
    • Laboratories
  • EB – Existing Buildings
  • CI – Commercial Interiors
    • Retail
  • CS –Core & Shell
  • H – Homes
  • ND – Neighborhood Development

LEED Certification is available in four levels of achievement depending on the total points the building achieves (Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum)

Fixed seating can be considered in portions of the LEED Certification process for New Construction

  • Materials & Resources
    • MR 4.1 Recycled Content 10%
    • MR 4.2 Recycled Content 20%
    • MR 5.1 Regional Materials (500 Miles) 10%
    • MR 5.2 Regional Materials (500 Miles) 20%
    • MR 6 Rapidly Renewal Materials (10 Years)
    • MR 7 Certified Wood (FSC)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • EQ 4.4 Low Emitting Materials: Composite Wood & Agrifiber (No added Urea Formaldehyde)

Office Systems furniture may be considered in section MR 3 through MR 7 if they are considered consistently in all of these sections.

  • MR 3.1 Materials Reuse 5%
  • MR 3.2 Materials Reuse 10%
  • All other section are listed above with Fixed Seating

LEED projects requesting MR 7 Certified Wood and/or EQ 4.4 Low Emitting Materials MUST be sent to corporate for special pricing.

LEED projects requesting MR 4.1 and 4.2 Recycled Content are requesting documentation of our standard products. This information is available on our web site.

MR 5.1 and 5.2 Regional Materials is relevant if the project site is within a 500 mile diameter circle drawn around Grand Rapids, Michigan.

MR 6 Rapidly Renewal Materials – these are materials which are renewed/re-grown in 10 years or less. Examples are bamboo, wheat board, wool, cork, linoleum, etc. We are investigating these materials, but at this time we do not utilize rapidly renewable materials.

Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)

Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) is an organization which has set guidelines for managing forests and harvesting wood. Some of the requirements within this guideline are:

  • Management of the cutting of trees
  • Handling of the wood
  • Certifications of Chain of Custody – paperwork following the wood through cutting, saw mill, drying, shipping and manufacturing

The Chain of Custody can make this wood expensive, especially veneers for our plywood chair backs. American Seating is please to offer this as a special product option quoted through our Special Product Pricing Request procedure.

Urea Formaldehyde (UF)

Urea Formaldehyde (UF) has been documented to cause health problems including cancer and is therefore being fazed out of materials. UF is naturally occurring in wood, therefore the correct terminology in limiting the use of this material is “No Added Urea Formaldehyde”.

UF is an inexpensive additive to glues and adhesives to increase their strength. We are currently looking for sources of no added UF particle board and plywood. We currently are utilizing tablet arm plywood cores with no added UF.

Particle board work surface cores for office and fixed lecture room tables with no added UF is available as a special product option quoted through our Special Product Pricing Request procedure.