Purchasers of office and institutional furniture now recognize level® certification under the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard as the benchmark of sustainability performance. Certification to the BIFMA level® program assures your customers that you are committed to environmental and social leadership practices throughout the product life cycle, including your own operations and your supply chain.
SCS Global Services is the certifier of choice for furniture under BIFMA level®, and a trusted third-party auditor of environmental claims throughout the green building industry. The SCS Certified brand will reinforce your market position and strengthen your message to customers.
Examples of furniture products eligible for level® certification include case goods, seating, storage, systems furniture, tables and work surfaces.
Qualification for level® certification under the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard requires conformance with criteria under four specific categories:
Points earned under each of these categories determine the level of certification earned:
SCS can walk you through a pre-assessment process as a preparation tool to improve your performance to the BIFMA level® program. Pre-assessment is a non-scored mock audit designed to reveal potential non-conformities to the BIFMA level® standard. Prioritize with us what you will correct and how. Ask about combining a pre-assessment with your initial audit for efficiency.
Apply for Certification
Complete and submit an SCS Application Form. SCS scopes the project based on information provided in the application and prepares a proposal for your approval with a suggested timeline and quote. Once you approve the proposal, you sign a Work Order. An SCS account manager is be assigned to guide you through the certification process.
An SCS technical coordinator helps you assemble preliminary data that will be submitted to SCS. SCS reviews the product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, testing, etc., and assesses your readiness for an audit. Once sufficient data is collected, an auditor is assigned.
The auditor conducts an on-site audit to evaluate your data. The auditor interacts with your technical staff to clarify and obtain any additional information that might prove essential to reaching an accurate supportable evaluation.
Draft Assessment Report
The auditor writes a draft assessment report that details the findings of the audit, which includes data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.
Internal peer review
A qualified SCS representative reviews the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.
You respond to any non-conformities with a Corrective Action Plan. You may also make comments and responses to the information contained in the report and the conclusions drawn by the auditor.
SCS conducts a final technical review of the assessment report and makes the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues the certificate and final report to your facility or operation. Once certified, your company is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database on the SCS website.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
Periodic audits as required under the standard are conducted to maintain your certification and support continual improvement.
Depending on the credits earned in the level assessment process, the following points may be available through the LEED program:
For ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011e Credit 5.5, Rapidly Renewable Materials:
For ANSI/BIFMA e3-2011e Credit 7.6, Low Emitting Furniture:
Certification to level® under the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard: