Spec™ employees were proud to join over one billion people around the world by taking part in the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day. The best form of leadership is by example, so we gave the area surrounding our headquarters and manufacturing facility a thorough environmental cleanup.
Supporting Earth Day
Gas Saving Update
Spec™ has achieved an 18% reduction our gas bill since the retrofit of our Powder Coating Paintline.
Using Just the Right Amount of Laminate
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
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
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.
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New Snowball Seat Pan
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
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.
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
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.