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Certified Sustainable Fabrics

Commercial Furnishings – NSF/ANSI 336

Enhance the market value of your sustainable commercial furnishings among green building specifiers with transparent certified environmental claims. Using NSF/ANSI 336, SCS Global Services evaluates the environmental, economic and social aspects of fabrics used in commercial furniture and other furnishings. The SCS Certified mark signals your commitment to social and environmental excellence.

As a leading certifier of environmental claims, SCS has the demonstrated expertise to perform NSF/ANSI 336 assessments credibly and efficiently. We actively engage with industries in the green building sector to provide programs that create lasting value.

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Stanley Mathuram, P.E.
Managing Director, Environmental Certification Services

616.299.1073
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Program Details

Eligible Manufacturers and Distributors

A variety of fabrics can be certified to NSF/ANSI 336, including woven, non-woven, bonded and knitted fabrics used for upholstery (e.g. office and hotel furniture), as well as vertical fabrics (e.g. drapery, panel system fabrics) and decorative top-of-bed applications (e.g. bedspreads) that are commonly used in institutional, hospitality and office settings.

NSF/ANSI 336 Criteria

The NSF/ANSI 336 standard outlines several criteria that are used to measure a product's sustainability attributes under the following categories:

  • Fiber Sourcing
  • Safety of Materials
  • Water Conservation and Water Quality
  • Energy
  • Recycling Practices
  • Air Quality in Manufacturing
  • Social Accountability
Certification Tiers

Successful applicants achieve one of four levels of certification, depending on the number of points earned:

  • Compliant - Basic certification level
  • Silver - Second tier of certification
  • Gold - Third tier certification, moving toward best practices
  • Platinum - Highest level of performance recognized
Complementary Services

Our suite of multi-attribute green building certifications also include BIFMA level for furniture, NSF 140 for carpeting, and NSF 332 for resilient flooring.

Process

  1. Apply for Certification

    Complete and submit an SCS Application Form. SCS will scope the project based on information provided in the application and will prepare a proposal for your approval with suggested timeline and quote. Once you approve the proposal, you will sign a Work Order and an account manager will be assigned to guide you through the certification process.

  2. Data Collection

    A SCS technical coordinator will help you assemble preliminary data which will be submitted to SCS. SCS will review the product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, testing, etc., and assess your readiness for an audit. Once sufficient data is collected, an auditor is assigned.

  3. On-site Audit

    The auditor will conduct an on-site audit to evaluate your data. The auditor will interact with your technical staff to clarify and obtain any additional information that might prove essential to reaching an accurate supportable evaluation.

  4. Draft Assessment Report

    The auditor will write a draft assessment report that details the findings of the audit, which will include data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.

  5. Internal peer review

    Another qualified SCS auditor will review the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.

  6. Corrective Actions

    You will need to 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.

  7. Certification Decision

    SCS will conduct a final technical review of the assessment report and make the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS will issue the certificate and final report to your facility or operation. Once certified, your company is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database and SCS website.

  8. Certification Maintenance and Renewal

    Periodic audits as required under the standard are conducted to maintain your certification and support continual improvement.

Benefits

SCS Certification to the NSF/ANSI 336 Sustainabilty Standard:

  • Supports your internal sustainable management objectives
  • Assures customers and stakeholders that your certified products are held to industry-leading social, environmental and economic standards
  • Helps you meet state and federal procurement requirements
  • Establishes a path for continuous improvement.
Reinforce your brand by using the SCS Certified mark for on-product and off-product labeling applications.
 

Standard

NSF/ANSI 336 - NSF Bookstore

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