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 email@bifma.org or (616) 285-3963 for information. Standards can also be ordered online at the BIFMA website, bifma.org/secure/orderform.html.

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


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