New Version of Furniture Sustainability Standard Adds Point for Lower Formaldehyde Emissions
Thursday, November 8, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The
ANSI/BIFMA e3-2012 Furniture Sustainability Standard now includes an additional
point for furniture products that meet a new, lower formaldehyde emissions
limit. The e3 Standard represents a structured methodology to holistically
evaluate the environmental and social attributes of furniture products and
constitutes the technical criteria of the level® product certification program.
"This new revision further
strengthens the health basis of e3 by incorporating the most stringent formaldehyde
emissions limit established by the State of California Department of Public Health,”
said Randy Carter, Manager, Global Codes & Approvals at Steelcase and Chair
of the BIFMA Furniture Emissions Sub-Committee.
Modeled after the LEED
rating system, the e3 standard includes six prerequisites and numerous optional
credit criteria. As a product is determined to conform to the various optional
criteria, points are accumulated toward an ultimate score and corresponding
conformance tier. A minimum of 32 points (of the 91 total now available) must
be achieved in order to reach the first conformance threshold. The updated
standard is the result of an extraordinary amount of collaboration on the part
of numerous stakeholders representing a broad cross section of disciplines,
backgrounds, and perspectives.
The ANSI/BIFMA e3 Standard may be ordered online.
BIFMA is the not-for-profit
trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since
1973, BIFMAʼs role has been to sponsor the development and refining of current
and future standards, educate on their importance and application, and
translate their necessary complexity into more easily understood and
implemented formats. BIFMA also monitors the state of the industry, serves as a
forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interacts with international
counterparts, and advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and