Jasper, Ind.—Continuing Kimball Office’s long history of creating, developing and manufacturing sustainable products, the company is pleased to announce that all of its Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Indoor Air Quality-certified seating lines have received Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification and meet California specification 01350 of emissions. Additionally, 98 percent of all Kimball Office products meet Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) level™ e3 furniture sustainability standards.
“For more than 40 years, Kimball Office has been dedicated to developing safe, eco-friendly products that meet rigorous environmental standards as well as the changing workplace demands of clients,” says Steven Brewster, director of sustainability at Kimball Office. “We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our sustainability efforts through material usage, manufacturing practices and packaging.”
The SCS Indoor Advantage program applies to products used within enclosed, indoor environments—specifically within a commercial or classroom setting. To achieve Gold level certification, each product must meet IAQ requirements as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. To date, all but two of Kimball Office’s seating lines meet these standards. The SCS environmental certification process includes site audits to access documented control systems, including quality control plans, record keeping and select product samples for laboratory testing.
Indoor air quality is one of the largest contributions office furniture can make to buildings seeking LEED certification. Last year, Kimball Office announced that virtually all wood-based products were finished with Pura™, the company’s proprietary, water-based, ultraviolet finish, which includes virtually no volatile organic compounds, and meets or exceeds IAQ standards provided by LEED and BIFMA.
To help clients, architects and designers looking for more information about Kimball Office’s key environmental attributes, they can visit the ecoScorecard website and prepare documentation for all major rating systems.