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Contract Furniture Industry Achieves Major Milestone - Over 1,600 Products Certified Under level

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) has reported that more than 1,600 furniture products have been level® program certified. As a result, interior designers, architects, facility managers and others across all industries can easily identify and confidently specify increasingly sustainable products from over 36 manufacturers providing solutions in casegoods, filing, storage, systems, tables and seating.

Developed in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures, level is the label awarded to office furniture products that meet multiple criteria of the stringent, multi-attribute ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. Earning the level mark requires validation by an approved third-party certification body.

level establishes measurable performance criteria to address environmental and social aspects of product manufacturing throughout the supply chain, including the areas of Materials, Energy and Atmosphere, Human and Ecosystem Health, and Social Responsibility. Choosing level certified products assures that the product is produced in an environmentally and socially conscious manner and comes from a responsible manufacturer.

Presently the program includes three conformance tiers, level 1, 2, and 3, each requiring specific prerequisites and conformance to optional credits. level 3 is the highest conformance tier under the current ANSI/BIFMA program. The level certification program allows facility managers, architects and designers to evaluate products using a ‘level' playing field, based upon the product and manufacturer's environmental and social impact.

"In today's saturated green standard marketplace, we felt that it was important to establish a single, comparative sustainability standard that can be used by everyone; one that is transparent and holistic in addressing environmental and social responsibility issues. Independent 3rd party certification is key to the credibility and consistency of the level program. level provides a easy method to identify increasingly sustainable products,” said Tom Reardon, BIFMA Executive Director.

A complete list of certified products can be found at www.levelcertified.org.

About BIFMA's level Certification Program

BIFMA's level is the multi-attribute sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the commercial furniture industry. BIFMA developed level to deliver an open and holistic means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. Taking into account a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection, human and ecosystem health, along with numerous other impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives.

About BIFMA
BIFMA is the not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA's 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. We also monitor the state of the industry, serve as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, interact with international counterparts, and advocate for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation.
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