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The US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) has developed a series of specifications to apply to the design, construction, renovation / rehabilitation, acceptance, and operation of energy-efficient buildings.  
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification principally refers to energy and resource-efficient design. However, it has long been  recognized that improvements in energy and resource efficiency can have a significant negative impact on indoor air quality.  
For example, reducing the amount of fresh air ventilation in a building can reduce the amount of energy required to keep the interior at an acceptable temperature, but if too little fresh air is provided, contaminants from building materials and occupant activities can build up in the space. 
Re-use of older buildings after extensive refurbishment is also a common practice, but again, the impacts on occupants must be considered and quantified. Several recent cases of occupants being negatively impacted by contaminants from former building uses underscore that fact. 
The air quality testing section of LEED is quite brief, and is very simply stated. It is a performance standard, as opposed to a specification, in that the LEED standard does not specify exactly which methods are to be used, though it does mention a moribund EPA Indoor Air Sampling Compendium; 
The actual methods to be used must ultimately meet the approval of the agency that is going to be evaluating the data generated thereby. The best way to approach this is either to have the client request from the agency a list of acceptable methods, or, alternatively, to prepare a formal contract submittal for approval prior to the sampling. 
The methods we list in the LEED TESTING PDF below are, in EMSL’s opinion, acceptably accurate and valid methods to achieve compliance with LEED as currently written. However, since the whole thing ultimately turns on the acceptance of the data by the relevant agency (and there are beginning to be big dollars put behind this by many private, public, and government entities), you must stress to the client that no matter what we suggest, they alone are responsible for determining if the methods we suggest, and the data there from will be acceptable to their accepting agency.  
If they do not obtain approval prior to the start of the project, any and all sampling performed will be at their risk. 

LEED v3 2009 Testing Overview

Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0
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