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Indoor Air Quality Certification

For Furniture and Building Materials

Timothy Whatley   |  
616.443.0231   |  

Certify your interior products for low VOC emissions with the most transparent indoor air quality (IAQ) standard for furniture and building materials. The Indoor Advantage and Indoor Advantage Gold standard aligns with both ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 and X7.1, and CA 01350. It is recognized by the EPA and GSA, and qualifies for many building rating systems, including LEED v4, BREEAM, WELL Building, and Living Building Challenge.


SCS Indoor Advantage testing is done through independent laboratory partners that are accredited to the highest quality standards available, ISO 17065 and ISO 17025 respectively. Our program leverages thousands of material and furniture test results and a decade of experience in the industry to reduce unnecessary laboratory testing.

Qualifies as an EQ credit for low-emitting material under USGBC LEED, WELL Building, Living Building Challenge, CHPS, BREEAM, Green Globes, IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, NAHB National Green Building Standard, Green Star, Estidama Pearl Rating System, and other green building rating systems and programs.

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  1. Apply for Certification
    • Client completes and submits an SCS Application Form.
    • SCS scopes the project and prepares a proposal and work order with a timeline and quote.
    • Upon client approval and signing of the work order, an SCS auditor is assigned to guide client through the certification process.
  2. Data Collection and Review
    • An SCS auditor will work with client to collect product data, corporate quality documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, previous product testing, etc.
    • Once sufficient data is collected, the SCS auditor evaluates your product(s) and determines a sample plan.
  3. Product Testing
    • A product is submitted to an SCS-approved lab for testing to ANSI/BIFMA M7.1 and/or CDPH Standard Method V1.2 2017 (California Section 01350).
  4. Corrective Actions
    • The SCS auditor issues a summary report for any conformance issues found.
    • Client responds with corrective actions, and may also comment and respond to the information contained in the report and auditor’s conclusions.
  5. Reporting
    • Auditor prepares a draft Assessment Report detailing the audit findings, including data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.
  6. Certification Decision
    • An SCS reviewer conducts a final review of the Assessment Report and makes the certification decision.
    • If certification is granted, SCS issues to the client the certificate and final report.
    • Client is listed in the SCS Green Products Guide, and is granted the right to use the approved Indoor Advantage/Indoor Advantage Gold logo, consistent with SCS guidelines.
  7. Certification Maintenance and Renewal
    • Annual desk reviews of the quality system and product performance are required and are conducted to maintain certification.
    • Any renewal testing required will be confirmed by the auditor during the evaluation process.

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