Presentation on theme: "The BIFMA Sustainability Standard &. Introduction to the Standard and level Purpose and Scope of the BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard The Standard."— Presentation transcript:
Introduction to the Standard and level Purpose and Scope of the BIFMA Furniture Sustainability Standard The Standard vs level certification Projected impact of the standard
Purpose of the BIFMA e3 2008 Furniture Sustainability Standard The purpose of this voluntary standard is to provide measurable market-based definitions of progressively more sustainable furniture by establishing performance criteria that address environmental and social aspects throughout the supply chain
Scope of the Standard The standard provides a pathway towards sustainability by establishing measurable criteria for multiple levels of achievement and/or performance This standard is applicable to all business and institutional furniture; this includes but is not limited to: – Moveable walls, Systems furniture, desking systems, casegoods, tables, seating and accessories The standard is also applicable to materials and components manufactured by suppliers to furniture manufactures
Scope of the Standard This standard is applicable to business & institutional furniture manufactured in one facility or multiple facilities, one country or multiple countries. It addresses product-based characteristics in the general areas of: – Materials – Use of energy – Human and ecosystem health – Social responsibility impacts
The Standard vs level certification The standard is the structure of the evaluation Level certification is a third party validation of the products characteristics and score E3 Standard – Evaluate & Report Score level – Validate & Certify Score
The Standard Manufactures and suppliers can self report their data based on the e3 standard Self reporting the score is not level certified E3 Standard – Evaluate & Report Score level – Validate & Certify Score
Level certified Manufactures and suppliers are required to get approved 3 rd party verification of their scores to become level certified. The listing of approved 3 rd parties for level will be found on the level website. E3 Standard – Evaluate & Report Score level – Validate & Certify Score
Need for Industry supported standard The marketplace is filled with green product ratings and evaluation metrics. Architects, Designers, and Specifiers are having a tough time keeping track of all the rating systems and product attributes.
Projected impact of level level will provide a holistic evaluation of a product’s impact rather than single attribute values such as recycled content, rapidly renewable or certified wood. Specifiers will have a more streamlined process of evaluating a product’s sustainable benefits. The furniture industry can help elevate the sustainability conversation.
Elements addressed in the Standard The standard is divided into four basic elements consisting of various prerequisites and credits that are potentially available to organizations seeking product conformance to the standard. – Materials – Energy & Atmosphere – Human and Ecosystem Health – Social Responsibility
Structure of the Program Prerequisites Each element has one or more prerequisites that are required as the minimum performance against the standard. Once all the prerequisites are met; products may achieve additional credits toward multiple levels of achievement in each element by meeting the specified performance requirements.
Frequency of Evaluation Products must be reevaluated if significant changes to materials, processes or the facility occur that affect the eligibility for any credit within the scope of conformance at the time of change. Regardless, the frequency of conformance evaluation shall not exceed three years.
The beauty of level level showcases a holistic view of sustainability level provides a transparent review of: – An organization that is utilizing sustainable principles in the operations of its facilities that produce green products, for customers looking for a higher level of sustainability from its suppliers.
Contact Information Brad Miller Director of Communications and Government Affairs Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) International 678 Front Ave. NW, Suite 150 Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Telephone Number:616-285-3963 E-mail Address:email@example.com@bifma.org Internet Site:http://www.bifma.orghttp://www.bifma.org