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ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard Product Image

ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard

  • Published: November 2010
  • 61 pages
  • BIFMA

This Standard was developed by the Joint Committee on BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability using the consensus process described by the American National Standards Institute. The Committee was created by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and NSF International.

NSF and BIFMA developed this Standard in order to provide the marketplace with a meaningful standard that would harmonize sustainability standards for the office furniture industry and help to distinguish environmentally preferable business and institutional furniture. The Standard was designed to allow for multiple levels of achievement, to provide an open alternative to proprietary protocols.

1. General
1.1 Purpose
1.2 Scope

2. Normative References

3. Definitions

4. Assessing Conformance, Evaluation, and Assessment Criteria
4.1 Elements
4.2 Prerequisites
4.3 Credits
4.4 Points
4.5 Baseline and Normalization Values
4.6 Frequency of Evaluation

5. Materials
5.1 Prerequisite
5.2 Climate Neutral Materials
5.3 Life Cycle Assessment
5.4 Efficient Use of Materials
5.5 Rapidly Renewable Materials
5.6 Bio-based Renewable Materials - Sustainable Wood
5.7 Recycled Content
5.8 Recyclable and Biodegradable Materials
5.9 Extended Product Responsibility
5.10 Solid Waste Management
5.11 Water Management

6. Energy and Atmosphere
6.1 Prerequisite
6.2 Building Energy Performance Baseline
6.3 Building Energy Performance Rating
6.4 LEED Certified Facility Building Rating System Certification
6.5 Embodied Energy
6.6 Finished Product Energy Consumption
6.7 Transportation
6.8 On-site and Off-site Renewable Energy
6.9 Greenhouse Gases

7. Human and Ecosystem Health
7.1 Prerequisites
7.2 ISO 14001 or Equivalent
7.3 Chemical Management Plan (CMP) – Facility
7.4 Effects of Product, Process and Maintenance Chemicals
7.5 Reduction/Elimination of Chemicals of Concern
7.6 Low Emitting Furniture

8. Social Responsibility
8.1 Prerequisites
8.2 Policy on Social Responsibility
8.3 External Health and Safety Management Standard
8.4 Inclusiveness
8.5 Engage in Community Outreach and Involvement
8.6 Social Responsibility Reporting
8.7 Supply chain

Annex A - Map of EPA Regions
Annex B - Chemicals of Concern List
Annex C - Individual Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) Concentration Limits
Annex D - Scorecard (Normative)

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