level Certified Furniture Products to Contribute Towards LEED Points in Pilot Credit
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Brad Miller, 616-285-3963
Chicago, Illinois – Architects,
designers, facility managers, and business leaders pursuing LEED certification
may now be able to earn credit for specifying level® certified
furniture products under the USGBC’s new Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally
Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings – a credit that specifically recognizes
products that have been third-party certified to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture
Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC, made the announcement at BIFMA’s
2013 Annual Meeting during the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, Illinois.
and the office furniture industry have been at the forefront of sustainability
and transparency in product manufacturing and its willingness to engage with USGBC
has created a uniquely collaborative process that is helping to encourage
increasingly sustainable buildings,” said Horst.
Saylor, CEO & Founder, izzy+, and President, BIFMA Board of Directors,
said, "The full inclusion of level products in this LEED Pilot Credit is a huge
win for an industry that has worked tirelessly to meet market demand for increasingly
sustainable furniture products.”
Pilot Credit 80
purpose of LEED Pilot Credit 80 is to increase the use of interior finishes and
furnishings with validated multi-attribute environmental and social profiles.
While the furniture sustainability standard is presently the only product
standard named, the USGBC is seeking input on other third-party certified
products to include.
to Horst, "The LEED Pilot Credit Library allows us to expand the range of
issues LEED addresses while staying true to our mission.”
LEED Pilot is a rating system development tool designed to test new and revised
LEED credit language, alternative compliance paths, and new or innovative green
building technologies and concepts. The Pilot Credit offers a feedback loop for
both testing and comments. USGBC collects, organizes and integrates feedback to
evolve and refine pilot credits during their testing period, with a goal of
adding successful credits to the USGBC member balloted LEED rating system.
part of Pilot Credit 80, all level certified furniture products may contribute
to LEED certification credits based on a sliding percentage scale for level 1,
2, or 3 product conformance tiers. A project must include at least five
different third-party certified products that account for at least 50% of the
total interior finishes and furnishing materials by cost (Source: USGBC Pilot
Credit 80). Pilot Credit 80 was posted in the LEED Pilot Credit Library on June
is the sustainability certification program for furniture. It is a
multi-attribute evaluation of the environmental and social impacts of furniture
products. Products are certified level 1, level 2, or level 3 (3 being the
highest certification), by a third-party, independent certifying body that
measures compliance with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.
is the trade association for business and institutional furniture
manufacturers. Since 1973, BIFMAʼs 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.
About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and
energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market
transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust
educational offerings, a network of chapters and affiliates, the annualGreenbuild International
Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public
policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more
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As the most widely recognized and widely
used green building program across the globe, LEED is transforming buildings,
homes and communities in all 50 states and 147 countries and territories. LEED
guides the design, construction, operations and maintenance of more than 50,000
projects worldwide, comprising 9.8 billion square feet (836,127,360 sq meters)
of commercial and institutional construction space, and more than 134,000
additional residential units. By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money
for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute
to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
Learn more at usgbc.org/leed.