What is level®?

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.

Can level certified products earn LEED® points?

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.

Key Facts:

  • level is to furniture what LEED is to buildings.
  • Certification requires a serious effort by manufacturers to measure manufacturing process inputs and outputs, incorporate new material formulations, create design protocols, and formalize corporate actions around social responsibility.
  • HPFi is one of only 60 furniture manufactures worldwide with level certified products.
  • level offers IDCEC and GBCI accredited CEU training. AIA approval is pending. Currently, Tom Carrigan is accredited by ICDEC to conduct CEU training.
  • Not only the product, but also the facility and organization are all scored and can potentially earn points against as many as 40 criteria from four impact areas: Materials, Energy & Atmosphere, Human & Ecosystem Health, and Social Responsibility. Products must meet minimum requirements in each impact area.