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LA Testing Demystifies LEED Testing


LEED testing for indoor air quality is made simple by California’s dedicated environmental laboratory network.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) established criteria that became a primary tool in rating and certifying new and existing building structures. An official LEED certification increases the value of the property as operational costs of the facilities are usually much lower. Additionally, it has been determined that the average return on the certification investment is typically just 12-24 months.

With the impending transition to ‘Green Technology’, the construction industry has taken strides to produce buildings that make use of sustainable building materials, energy conservation, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing waste.

What exactly is LEED Testing and how can LA Testing help?

An important component to LEED testing involves ensuring good indoor air quality. While there are two schools of thought on sample collection, there are benefits to utilizing canisters versus sampling tubes or badges. For instance, the use of a canister allows for the collection of 4-Phenylcyclohexene, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) and Formaldehyde all in a single canister. This minimizes the risk of sampling error and saves time and money during an investigation with superior relative limits of detection.

The basic IAQ testing requirements for LEED testing include:

• 4-Phenylcyclohexene
• Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC)
• Formaldehyde
• Particulates (PM10)
• Carbon Monoxide (CO)

All of these are included in the standard LEED profile at LA Testing. While it is ideal to utilize an independent 3rd party laboratory for the analysis of your samples, particulates and carbon monoxide can each also be quantified utilizing real-time monitoring equipment which LA Testing can also supply.

LA Testing and parent company, EMSL Analytical, have numerous years in the environmental industry and have the requisite experience and credentials to properly analyze your samples. The laboratory is staffed with knowledgeable, helpful and professional ready to help you through your next project.

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.

To learn more about LA Testing or EMSL Analytical please visit: or, contact or call (800)755-1794.


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