LEED Introduces New Office Furniture Pilot Credit


Projects pursuing LEED certification may now be able to earn credit for specifying furniture products certified under a new designation developed in partnership with the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association.  The announcement was made at BIFMA’s 2013 Annual Meeting during the NeoCon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, Illinois.

Products certified with the “level” designation can earn the new LEED Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings

Pilot Credit 80 was specifically designed to recognize products that have been third-party certified to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. The goal of LEED Pilot Credit 80 is to increase the use of interior finishes and furnishings with validated multi-attribute environmental and social profiles.  Currently the USGBC is seeking third-party products to include in the list which at the moment is exclusively comprised of furniture sustainability standard products.

Under the criteria of Pilot Credit 80 all furnishings can contribute to the LEED certification credits. The rating is based on a sliding percentage scale for level 1, 2, or 3 products that fit the conformance tiers established by the credit. In order to be eligible for the credit projects must contain at least five different third-party products and must make up at least 50% of the total interior finishes and furnishings material cost according to USGBC Pilot Credit 80.

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