BIFMA is proud of the work that
our industry has done to become more environmentally responsible and we are
humbled by the magnitude of the challenges that the society as a whole faces as
we work toward a sustainable way of living on our planet.
The Guidance Manual for the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014 Furniture Sustainability Standard is now available at the BIFMA website store. You can find it at: https://www.bifma.org/store/ListProducts.aspx?catid=185078
In June 2009, BIFMA introduced level®, the sustainability certification program for furniture. The level mark attests that the product, the manufacturing facility, and the company responsible for the product brand, have been evaluated against the multi-attribute criteria of the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard by independent, third-party auditors.
Life Cycle Assessment/Product Category Rule Development
BIFMA is actively creating product category rules (PCRs) for the furniture industry through an open development process engaging stakeholders from around the globe. These are the rules by which life cycle assessments (LCAs) should be performed in the office furniture industry and the resultant LCAs can be used to create environmental product declarations (EPDs) for publication and sharing with customers. Additional members of the committee are being sought to participate in this important work. Let us know if you are interested by contacting Brad Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information.
Disclaimer: Environmental product declarations made from different product manufacturers may not be directly comparable. Specific studies conducted on a product or group of products by the manufacturer are not intended to make comparative assertions against another manufacturer(s) product(s). The results presented in an EPD are made by a specific manufacturer in compliance with the guiding Product Category Rules (PCR), and reflect the specific data sources, data quality and potential additional product attributes for that product only. These results and assumptions may not align with another manufacturer’s study to a degree that would support direct comparisons. When reviewing results presented in an EPD, it is of utmost importance to fully review the attributes, assumptions and data used in the study; thus allowing for a clearer understanding of the results and how one manufacturer’s study may not be directly comparable to another’s study even for a similar product.
Our work on furniture emissions dates back to 1994, and resulted in a credible, open, balanced, consensus-based standard (ANSI/BIFMA X7.1-2011) and testing methods that provide a reasonable and cost-effective path for companies seeking to develop increasingly low emitting products. For more information on the standard or to order click here.
Our Sustainability Guidelines, first published in 2005, provide a roadmap for businesses of all sizes as they establish or expand their environmental management system (EMS) and address the "Triple Bottom Line” of economy, environment, and social equity in their operations. For more information on the standard or to order click here.