NSF International and BIFMA Release New Product Category Rule for Office Storage Products
Monday, July 1, 2013
LEED v4 recognizes the value of PCRs and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
Contact: Brad Miller
Grand Rapids, Mich. – NSF International, a global public
health organization, and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers
Association (BIFMA) have released a new Product Category Rule (PCR) for office
storage products. The PCR defines the science-based and internationally
recognized method for reporting the environmental impact of office storage
products such as casegoods, files, cabinets and other related products
throughout their entire life cycle.
The PCR for
office storage products explains how to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA)
for office storage products and what to include in the resulting Environmental
Product Declaration (EPD). LCAs measure inputs, outputs and environmental
impacts of a storage product across its lifespan, from cradle to grave. The EPD
is the third-party-verified report that explains the data generated from a life
storage PCR was developed in accordance with international environmental
management guidelines (ISO 14025) through the NSF National Center for
Sustainability Standards, part of NSF International’s Sustainability Division.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) v4 recognizes the value of PCRs/EPDs and the current draft includes LEED
credit language that recognizes EPDs specifically.
of Product Category Rules for storage products helps meet the increasing demand
for transparency in environmental claims,” explained Tom Bruursema, General
Manager of NSF International’s Sustainability Division. "PCRs, LCAs and EPDs
provide crucial information to help businesses and government agencies meet
their greener purchasing goals and be ready for LEED.”
"We are pleased
to partner with NSF International on behalf of our members to develop PCRs for
the storage industry so that they may report on their cutting-edge sustainability
efforts. PCRs will help move the contract furniture industry toward a more
sustainable future,” said Thomas Reardon, Executive Director of BIFMA. "This
PCR for office storage products is our second PCR as we previously developed
one for office seating.”
Background on NSF International’s PCR
The NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS) utilized an open
consultative process to develop the storage PCR with participation from an
expert panel of storage manufacturers, suppliers, regulatory agencies,
environmental organizations and end users. NCSS has developed PCRs and American
national sustainability standards for multiple product categories in addition
to flooring and storage products such as commercial furnishings, building
products and materials, and water treatment and distribution systems.
BIFMA is the
not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture
manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMA’s role has been to monitor the state of the
industry, serve as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration, 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. Learn more: www.bifma.org.
About NSF InternationalNSF International is a global independent organization that writes
standards, and tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water,
health science and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects
and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to
protecting human health and safety worldwide.
NSF Sustainability draws
upon this expertise in standards development, product assessment and
certification, testing advisory services and quality management systems to help
companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains.
information on NSF’s Sustainability Division, visit nsfsustainability.org or contact Dennis
Gillan at 734-476-2543 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF
Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema, contact Greta Houlahan at email@example.com or 734-913-5723.