level is the sustainability certification program for furniture. It is a multi-attribute evaluation of the environmental and social impacts of furniture products. Products are certified level 1, level 2, or level 3 (3 being the highest certification), by a third-party, independent certifying body that measures compliance with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. All HPFi® seating products have been certified to level 2 by SCS Global Services.
GSA has added a new “EPA Recommended” icon to their GSAAdvantage! online shopping and ordering service that will now identify products that conform to standards, certifications, and ecolabels such as the level Certification Program. level certified products that have attained the low emitting credit (7.6) in e3, can also contribute to the low-emitting attribute of LEED. BIFMA continues to collaborate with the USGBC and other green rating systems to secure greater recognition of furniture products in the various rating systems.