Building Standards and Certifications

LEED v4 and v4.1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients, Option 1 & Option 2

Declare has been approved as a compliance pathway for the LEED v4 and v4.1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization Credit, Option 1. The LEED v4 and v4.1 credits call for the chemical inventory of a product to at least 1000ppm; Declare labels that achieve a declaration status of “LBC Red List Free” or “Declared” fulfill the credit disclosure requirements. Additionally, any fully disclosed “LBC Red List Approved” label and any “LBC Red List Approved” label using the RL-004b Proprietary Ingredients Exception, with a minimum disclosure threshold of 99.9%, meets the LEED v4 and v4.1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization Credit, Option 1 reporting requirements.

Declare is also a compliance pathway for LEED v4.1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization Credit, Option 2. Declare labels that achieve Third Party Verification and a declaration status of “LBC Red List Free” fulfill the credit optimization requirements.

International WELL Building Standard

Declare products that are “LBC Red List Free” or “LBC Red List Approved”, have been approved as compliance pathways for the International WELL Building Standard v1 Feature 26 for Enhanced Material Safety and WELL v2 Feature 13 Enhanced Material Precaution. These Features takes a precautionary approach to hazards by emphasizing healthy material selection to minimize risks.

In addition, all active Declare labels contribute to WELL v2 Feature 14 Material Transparency. This Feature prioritizes supply chain and ingredient transparency to offer product specifiers the tools they need to make fully informed choices when selecting healthier products.

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

Declare products, with any Declaration Status and either self-disclosed or Third Party Verified, are approved as a compliance pathway for Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (2020) in the Materials Category, Criterion 6.1 Ingredient Transparency for Material Health. Declare products that are Third Party Verified and are “LBC Red List Free”, or “LBC Red List Approved” with RL-004b Proprietary Ingredients as the only Declare Program Exception used, are approved as a compliance pathway for Criterion 6.3 Chemical Hazard Optimization. The Declare database includes a filter, which allows manufacturers to self-select whether they comply with the Mandatory and Optional requirements outlined in Criterion 6.4 Healthier Materials Selection. Declare labels additionally disclose information regarding VOC content and VOC emissions in relation to SCAQMD and CDPH requirements that correlate to the requirements of Criterion 6.4 Healthier Material Selection. Declare labels with reported embodied carbon and a publicly available EPD can qualify for Criterion 6.5 Environmentally Responsible Material Selection. Finally, the final assembly location(s) of a Declare product can help project teams pursue Criterion 6.7 Regional Materials.

Procurement Guidelines

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommendations to Federal Purchasers

Declare is recognized by the US EPA in its Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasers. The recommendations, which help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services, include Declare as a recommended standard for a range of low-emitting materials, including carpet, flooring products, furniture, and interior latex paint.

Chemicals of Concern Lists

European Union Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) List and Substitute It Now (SIN) List

Manufacturers can opt-in to an optional screening of a product’s disclosed chemicals against two chemicals of concern lists used primarily in the European Union. The REACH SVHC Candidate List represents substances deemed Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) due to meeting several criteria related to hazard and toxicity, described in REACH Article 57. When ECHA identifies a substance as an SVHC and includes it in the Candidate List, this can trigger certain legal obligations for the importers, producers and suppliers of an article that contains such a substance. The ChemSec SIN (Substitute It Now) List is a list of hazardous chemicals that are used in a wide variety of articles, products and manufacturing processes around the globe. The SIN abbreviation – Substitute It Now – implies that these chemicals should be removed as soon as possible as they pose a threat to human health and the environment. The SIN List is developed by the non-profit ChemSec in close collaboration with scientists and technical experts, as well as an advisory committee of leading environmental, health, consumer organisations.

Product Databases


A group of leading architecture firms created the mindful MATERIALS initiative to provide a simple platform for manufacturers to communicate transparency and optimization for their products, while also providing designers a single place to search for materials. Declare product information is directly entered into the mindful MATERIALS database.

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