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New LEED pilot credit includes level®

Published by Candis Green, June 26, 2013.

BIFMA (Business + International Furniture Manufacturers Association)  is pleased to announce that architects, designers, facility managers and business leaders pursuing LEED certification may now be able to earn credit for specifying level® certified furniture products under the USGBC's (U.S. Green Building Council) new LEED Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings - a credit that specifically recognizes products that have been third-party certified to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.

The purpose of LEED Pilot Credit 80 is to increase the use of interior finishes and furnishings with validated multi-attribute environmental and social profiles. While the furniture sustainability standard is presently the only product standard named, USGBC is seeking input on other third-party certified products to include.

The LEED Pilot is a rating system development tool designed to test new and revised LEED credit language, alternative compliance paths, and new or innovative green building technologies and concepts. The Pilot Credit offers a feedback loop for both testing and comments. USGBC collects, organizes and integrates feedback to evolve and refine pilot credits during their testing period, with a goal of adding successful credits to the USGBC member balloted LEED rating system.

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Reardon, Executive Director, BIFMA.

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