level® is included in the EPA’s Recommendations for federal furniture purchasing
BIFMA’s level® certification program is included on the EPA’s Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for federal furniture purchasing. level is now approved for use by federal purchasers to meet the President’s Executive Order 13693 – requiring that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services.
On March 19, 2015, EPA announced the availability of revised Draft EPA Guidelines and the launch of a pilot to test the Draft EPA Guidelines in three building product categories: furniture; flooring; and paints, coatings and paint removers. It is expected that the pilot will inform refinements to the Draft EPA Guidelines, and help develop a process by which these Guidelines can be finalized and used to assess standards and ecolabels for use in federal procurement in a wide array of product and service categories. BIFMA’s level certification program will also be included in the pilot program evaluation process.
Until the Draft EPA Guidelines are finalized and applied to key product and service categories, EPA has provided interim recommendations. Federal purchasers should utilize EPA’s Interim Recommendations to select environmentally preferable products and services in accordance with Executive Order 13693. EPA’s Interim Recommendations are based on specifications, environmental performance standards, and ecolabels evaluated and currently utilized by federal agencies to assist in their procurement of environmentally preferable products and services.
We are pleased to report this progress as a result of years of work with the EPA, GSA and other federal agencies. Please ensure that your sales teams, reps, dealer networks, government sales teams, etc. are aware of this important development regarding the specification of level certified furniture.