GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn.-International (BIFMA) announced formal American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval and release of the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard. BIFMA said the e3 standard represents a structured methodology to evaluate the "sustainable" attributes of furniture products and constitutes the technical criteria of the level™ product certification program.

Modeled after the LEED rating system, the e3 standard includes six prerequisites and numerous optional credit criteria. As a product is determined to conform to the various optional criteria, points are accumulated toward an ultimate score and corresponding conformance tier. A minimum of 32 points (of the 90 total available) must be achieved in order to reach the first conformance threshold.

Copies of the standard are available from BIFMA. Contact or (616) 285-3963 for information. Standards can also be ordered online at the BIFMA website,

Click here for information on a special webcast on the level™ product certification program to be held on Feb. 6.

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