The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) came up with the standards and guidelines for sustainability in system office furniture.
Some of the aspects about environmental considerations and putting them into perspective:
· Pollution prevention opportunities- using materials that do not harm the environment
· Recycling of scrap- using materials that could go to the landfill but using it in the furniture system
· Health and safety issues- making sure the furniture system material’s do not harm employees
Here are some other aspects to consider:
· Energy conservation
· Water conservation
· Green House Gas (GHG) reductions
· Disposal of solid and/or hazardous waste
· Community involvement
A third party that can certify the furniture system is scs which stands for scientific certification systems.
by: Katie Huddleston
source: “The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association .” SUSTAINABILITY GUIDELINES-2005 . 2005. BIFMA. 27 Jan 2009 <http://www.bifma.org/standards/index.html>.