Grand Rapids, MI - BIFMA Intl, the trade association for the
commercial furniture industry, has announced the premier of the product certification program, "level."

Level will verify conformance to the a fully transparent, multi-attribute furniture sustainability
standard addressing material utilization, energy and atmosphere impacts, human and
ecosystem health and social responsibility, according to a release from BIFMA. Manufacturers evaluating products to the BIFMA e3
sustainability standard who undergo an independent, third-party certification process can
achieve the level conformance mark. NSF International and Scientific Certification Systems
(SCS) are the first third-party certification bodies to be recognized under the level certification
program. The standard is modeled after LEED with specific prerequisites, optional credits, and
three conformance levels, with level 3 certification being the highest.

“For the past three years we have been following the ANSI process, working with stakeholders
and experts from inside and outside the industry to create a standard that can be used by all furniture producers,” said Tom Reardon, BIFMA executive director. “We also understand the
importance of an independent evaluation and conformance verification process and invite
additional certification bodies to participate in the program. We have to give our customers a
simple and comprehensive way to understand how products contribute to green buildings and
sustainability as a whole.”

FMA member firms Allsteel, Gunlocke, HON Company, Herman Miller, Kimball Office,
National Office Furniture and Steelcase have products that meet the standard’s requirements
and have received third party certification by either NSF or SCS. Each firm will be showcasing
their level certified products at NeoCon 2009, according to the release.

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