Using Just the Right Amount of Laminate

Oct 2011

Spec has launched a new highly efficient system for estimating and ordering laminate. Drawings are created to maximize the laminate yield and allow us to order exactly what is needed. These drawings are also used to show employees how to cut the laminate, further minimizing waste. Cut-offs of a usable size are tagged and returned to inventory. We expect to reduce waste going to landfill by using this system.

Spec Teams Improve with 5S

Aug 2011

Spec is committed to continuous improvement and eliminating waste, whether it is material, space or time. 5S is one of our key tools in reaching these goals and stands for Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.

Spec audits both factory and office teams on their "Top 5S". Each team works on a list of 5S goals that contribute to organizing and standardizing their workspace, which in turn increases efficiency and reduces waste. When five items are completed, the team is recognized for their achievements.

Level Recognized by LEED

Aug 2011

The USGBC (US Green Building Council) recently announced that a new Pilot Credit recognizes the level certification program under LEED Pilot Credit 43: MR - Certified Products.
 
 LEED Pilot Credits facilitate the introduction of new and innovative credits to LEED. According to USGBC, the intent of Pilot Credit 43 is to increase the use of products and materials with life cycles, ingredients, and attributes understood and optimized to improve overall environmental, economic and social performance. Level is one of several non-structural product and materials certifications outlined in Pilot Credit 43. The weighted value (cost) of the qualified certified products must be at least 10% of the total value of all non-structural materials and products to earn the one credit point that is available under Pilot Credit 43.

As of August 11, 2006 the BIFMA FES (Furniture Emissions Standard) is recognized by LEED as equivalent to
GREENGUARD. Spec has chosen to test its products
to BIFMA FES standards.

Or to learn more go to: levelcertified.org/news

International Wonder

Jul 2011

waste2wonder has delivered on their promise, making a difference to hundreds of Peruvian children! Their clients have made this possible! Follow their journey, from the site of the removal, across the ocean to the school high up in the Andes Mountains.
 
Together we can do more!
Check out waste2wonder the next time you are looking to get rid of no longer needed items, such as furniture, computers and office supplies.You can divert these items from landfill, help others in need and receive a tax deductable donation receipt!

New Snowball Seat Pan

Jul 2011

A new 2 piece seat pan has been developed for standard width Snowball chairs. The new pan has a smooth surface, is easier to install and gives the chair a more finished look. Made from the same 100% recycled plastic (55% post-consumer) as the old pan, it is free of toxic byproducts and any manufacturing waste is returned to the process. Spec’s recycled plastic seat pan enables us to divert over 60 tons of waste from landfill every year and it further aligns standard width Snowballs with LEED and BIFMA “level ®” standards.

 

2MM Bio Edge

Jul 2011

At NeoCon 2011, Spec introduced its new bio polymer edge.
This 2mm edge has a bio-based content of 88% that is made from rapidly renewable corn. The portion of the corn used is a waste bi-product and therefore not taken from food stock. Contains no hazardous chemicals and emits no toxic VOC's and is recyclable.

This new 2MM edge may contribute to LEED credit MR-CR6 Rapidly Renewable Materials. 2mm edge has the impact durability of PVC with a profile similar to self edge.

Level® Certified

Jun 2011

Spec products have been level® certified by an independent, third party audit firm to conform to the BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.

level® goes far beyond indoor air quality and takes into account how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives, such as a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection and human and ecosystem impacts.

BIFMA International is the recognized leader in developing standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry.

If we can be of assistance in any manner, our LEED certified Design/Engineering Team is ready to help. Call us! We can even come to you with a level® CEU course!

 

Fabric Ordering Reduction

May 2011

In November of 2010, a special team was created to reduce the amount of fabric Spec orders. Although most of the usable scrap fabric is diverted from landfill, it was identified as a huge cost savings. From January to the end of April, Spec has saved over $30,000.00.

Earth Day at Spec

Apr 2011

On April 21st, employees took time to help clean up the property at 165 City View Drive. Teams were split into recyclable, wood scrap and garbage details. As a result, teams have been put in place to do regular cleanups through out the year.

Energy Retrofit of the Paintline

Mar 2011

The retrofit of the Powder Coating Paintline was finished at the end of March. Spec expects to see a dramatic reduction in heat loss and in natural gas consumption in the range of 40%.