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08/05/2013

Sustainable Furniture Makes Headway with LEED

 

New pilot credit emphasizes ecofriendly furnishings.

Sustainable furniture can help you earn LEED points

Want to specify green furniture in your next LEED project? You can now earn a credit for environmentally friendly furnishings that have been third-party certified.

The new Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings recognizes products that have been third-party certified to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. Its purpose is to increase the use of interior products with validated multi-attribute environmental and social profiles.

The first certification included in this pilot credit is level, a BIFMA program covering business and institution furnishings. All level certified furniture products may contribute to LEED certification credits based on a sliding percentage scale for level 1, 2, or 3 product conformance tiers.

A project must also include at least five different third-party certified products that account for at least 50% of the total interior finishes and furnishing materials by cost.

While BIFMA’s level is presently the only product standard named in Pilot Credit 80, USGBC is seeking input on other third-party certified products to include.