Today's installment of Deborah Fuller's Eco-Labels and Certifications series focuses on Wood Forestry Certifications.
GreenGuard Certification–VOC levels in Furniture
GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified®: Product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings, and finish systems. All GREENGUARD Certified Products have been tested for their chemical emissions performance and can be found in the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide.
GREENGUARD for Children & SchoolsSM:Product certification program for low emitting interior building materials, furnishings,and finish systems used in educational, office and other sensitive environments. All GREENGUARD Children & Schools products have been tested for their chemical emissions performance according to CA 1350 and can be found in the GREENGUARD Online Product Guide.
Contributes to: USGBC - LEED credits MRc4.5 Sys. Furn & Seating, ID 1.1-1.4 , EB MRc 2.2 Furniture
Green Guard is a for profit organization
SCS Certified -Furniture brings a new level of verified environmental performance to furniture certification. Based on both environmental and social criteria set forth in the
BIFMA Sustainability Standard (BIFMA SS), a product’s entire supply chain is assessed to insure that the product meets measurable milestones of environmental performance at every step of development. SCS Sustainable Choice Certification includes an evaluation of specific corporate policies and guidelines and an assessment of associated company manufacturing facilities. Products must meet rigorous, quantitative criteria in four categories: materials, energy and atmosphere, human and ecosystem health, and social responsibility.
Certification verifies a manufacturer’s commitment to environmentally and socially responsible products and business practices.
Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits MRc4.1 –Recycled Content, MRc4.2 –Recycled Content, MRc6 –Rapid Renewable, MRc7 –Certified Wood, EQc4.5 –Furniture, ID 1.1-4 Innovation In Design
SCS is a for profit organization
BIFMA Level Certification
level is a multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It has been created to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. Products are evaluated and rated based on the following:
- Climate Neutral Products
- Life Cycle Analysis
- Effective Use of Materials
- Rapidly Renewable Materials
- Recycled & Biodegradable Materials
- Bio based Materials/Sustainable Wood
- Buy Back/Take Back Policy
- Water Management
- Human and Ecosystem Health
- Socially Responsible
Contributes to:USGBC –LEED credits MRc4.1 –Recycled Content, MRc4.2 –Recycled Content, MRc6 –Rapid Renewable, MRc7 –Certified Wood, EQc4.5 –Furniture, ID 1.1-4 Innovation In Design
BIFMA is a for profit organization
SCS Indoor Advantage Gold
The emphasis on individual VOCs rather than on total VOC concentration is one of the features that distinguish the SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold program. The health risks associated with individual VOCs vary, making some more of a concern than others. Likewise, this emphasis on individual VOCs encourages manufacturers to identify and address the sources of chemical contaminants in their manufacturing process and enables them to establish specifications for the materials and components they purchase.
Contributes to: USGBC –LEED credits EQ 4.5 Furniture, ID 1.1-1.4
SCS is a for profit organization
Check back soon for the next installment: Energy Performance Certifications