the sustainability certification program for furniture

level® was created to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. It is the third-party certification program for the furniture industry’s multi-attribute, sustainability standard.

The ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard takes into account a company’s social actions, energy usage, material selection, and human and ecosystem health impacts. The level brand identifies that a product has been vetted by an independent third party certifier and its numeric marking 1, 2, or 3 indicates what threshold of the standard it has achieved.

With level, customers can make informed choices about commercial furniture that exceed single attribute eco-certifications. Manufacturers – big and small – now have a consistent structure to communicate environmental and social characteristics in a clear, easily understood manner to the marketplace.

BIFMA’s level® certification program is included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for federal furniture purchasing.

Certified Products
This searchable database allows the identification of all products currently level certified and includes information pertaining to each certification.

Recognizable Mark
Only products carrying the level® name have been assessed by an independent third-party auditing firm accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

As with the continuous improvement process in place for the standard, the level Certification Program is always improving as well but cannot do so without the active engagement of all interested parties. Credit Usage Surveys are conducted periodically to determine what impact areas have been addressed most frequently by manufacturers of certified products. Those survey results are available upon request.

We welcome and encourage all recommendations and/or complaints so that we can continue to keep level® a leadership program. Send any questions or concerns directly to Brad Miller of BIFMA by email at bmiller@bifma.org or telephone at 616-285-3963.