e3 Standard Support Tools

The ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard was developed by stakeholders using a consensus process approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

The purpose of this voluntary standard is to provide measurable market-based definitions of progressively more sustainable furniture by establishing performance criteria addressing environmental and social impacts throughout the supply chain. It addresses product-based characteristics in the general areas of environmental, health and wellness, and social impacts. The standard was designed to allow for multiple levels of achievement and to provide an open alternative to proprietary protocols.

ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard Tools (updated to the 2019 version of the standard)

BIFMA offers e3 implementation support tools for the e3 Standard: 

  1. Guidance Manual (includes the full text of the e3 Standard) 
    Similar to a LEED Reference Guide, the Guidance Manual provides helpful suggestions, potential strategies, references, resources and other guidance information that can assist a manufacturer toward specific credit compliance.
    Member price - $400 - Non/Member price - $800 - order here

  2. TRACI Look-Up Tool (applies to Section 7 of e3)
    An Excel file useful for pursuing credits in Section 7 of the e3 Standard. The TRACI Look-Up Tool provides a quick way to check to see if a chemical is listed in e3 Annex B and/or USEPA’s Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and other Environmental Impacts (TRACI) 2012 dataset.  
    Member price - $100 - Non/Member price - $200 - order here

Interpretation Requests for the 2019 version of the standard that have been addressed through the ANSI process by the e3 Joint Committee on BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability are listed below with links to the interpretations.

  1. Approved - Credit 6.2.1 Product Safety and Performance Standards
  2. Approved - Section 4 - Worst-case Sample Selection
  3. Approved - Credit 6.3.5 Responsible Packaging
  4. Approved - Credit Solid Waste Diversion
  5. Pending - Multiple Sections, Water Consumption (As of 4/24/20, submitted by NSF International)
  6. Approved - Credit 6.6.2 Energy Optimization
  7. Approved - Credit 6.7.6 Demonstrating Impact Reduction 
  8. Pending - Credit 6.3.3 Bio-based Renewable Materials – Sustainable Wood
  9. Pending - Credit, Transportation Energy Inventory and Primary/Secondary Data Submittal (Received 5/4/20)