level® Bid Spec Language

For A&D firms and customers that want to ensure they specify environmentally preferable furniture products, we offer two versions of standardized bid specification language, one mandating level® certified products and one expressing a preference.

Option #1

BIFMA level® Certified Product Requirement

Furniture and furnishings products proposed in response to this request shall be independently third-party certified as compliant with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard at level 1 or higher.  Signed documentation of level certification by a third-party certification body licensed to participate in the BIFMA level program shall be provided.

Examples of acceptable documentation include signed certificates of compliance from a licensed third-party certification body, as defined at  level® certified third-party.

In the event there are not more than two manufacturers with level certification on a required type of product at the time the responses are due, the requirement for level certification on the affected product type(s) may be waived.

Furniture and furnishings subject to level certification includes, but is not limited to, movable/full-height walls, systems furniture, desking systems, benching systems, case goods, storage cabinets, bookcases, file cabinets, desks, tables, screens, seating of all types, and related accessories.

Option #2

BIFMA level® Certified Product Preference

It is strongly desired that the furniture and furnishings products proposed in response to this request for proposal are independently third-party certified as compliant with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard at level 1 or higher.  Those products certified at level 1 or higher would receive preference over non-certified product.

Are the proposed products certified at level 1 or higher? If yes, examples of acceptable documentation include signed certificates of compliance from a licensed third-party certification body, as defined at level certified third-party.

If the products are not certified, outline your efforts towards achieving BIFMA level certification for the proposed products.

Furniture and furnishings subject to level certification includes, but is not limited to, movable/full-height walls, systems furniture, desking systems, benching systems, case goods, storage cabinets, bookcases, file cabinets, desks, tables, screens, seating of all types, and related accessories.

About BIFMA

As an ANSI accredited standards developer, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) serves North American furniture manufacturers, their suppliers and our customers by developing voluntary safety and performance standards utilizing the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) consensus process.  Following ANSI approval, standards are placed into the public domain for use by all interested stakeholders.

About level®

level® is the independent, third-party certification program created to support third party claims of conformance to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 standard.  level ensures claims have been verified by an accredited third party certification body.  First party claims of conformance to the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 standard cannot use the level mark or terminology.  Furniture and furnishings subject to level certification includes, but is not limited to, movable/full-height walls, systems furniture, desking systems, benching systems, case goods, storage cabinets, bookcases, file cabinets, desks, tables, screens, seating of all types, and related accessories.