Spec™ products have been level® certified by an independent, third party audit firm to conform to the BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.
level® 2 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. level® 3 takes the standard further within aforementioned categories conforming to a more stringent sustainability criteria.
BIFMA International is the recognized leader in developing standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry.HERE.
Spec product is HHI compliantHealthy Interiors goal of the Healthier Hospitals Safer Chemicals Challenge, Version 2.0 ensures that 30% of the annual volume of furnishings and furniture purchases (based on cost) eliminate the use of formaldehyde, perfluorinated compounds, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), antimicrobials*, and flame retardants**.
*Triclosan and triclocarban are explicitly prohibited. No other added or built-in chemical antimicrobials are allowed unless they are registered with the U.S. EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and have published data that show efficacy in a hospital/clinical setting measured by a reduction in healthcare associated infections (HAIs) as part of comprehensive infection control measures. Antimicrobials added to materials or products for the sole purpose of preserving the product are exempt.
**Eliminate the intentional use of all flame retardants where code permits. When flame retardant chemicals are necessary to meet code requirements, use chemicals that meet GreenScreen Benchmark 3 or 4 or their equivalent.
Spec's product is MAS Certified Green®
Certified Green is a registered trademark of Materials Analytical Services, LLC (MAS).
This “green leaf” mark was created so consumers could readily identify interior construction products, furniture and furnishings which have been thoughtfully designed and manufactured to dramatically lower chemical emissions released into the indoor environment. Reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) equals Healthier Air.
In response to US EPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission concerns over health effects stemming from increased exposures to volatile organic compound (VOC) chemical emissions inside buildings, schools and residences, regulators and industry groups worked to develop standards to dramatically reduce and in some cases eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals from construction products and furniture. As with many environmental issues, the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was one of the first groups of scientists to look at and develop a test methodology to determine what types of chemicals are released from common building products. This gave birth to Section 01350, which has since been adopted and referenced by the:
• U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Rating system
• Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS)
Other industry organizations like the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Association (BIFMA) have built on the concerns related to VOC emissions and developed additional testing protocols and standards in those industries. It's impossible today to read a paper or watch a newscast and not encounter the term “Green” as a metaphor for sustainability, environmental stewardship and improved indoor air quality.
The MAS Certified Green® program integrates the rigorous product testing requirements of the CDPH Standard Method V1.1, the BIFMAM7.1 Test Method and Formaldehyde emission testing requirements of the Cal EPA – ARB with the conservative chemical emission limits referenced by the USGBC LEED, CHPS and CARB organizations. There simply is not a more conservative or rigorous IAQ - product testing program available. The MAS Certified Green® program is ISO/TEC 17025 and 17065 compliant and recognized by LEED, CDPH,BIFMA and CHPS.