UL is proud to be an approved certification body for the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association’s (BIFMA) Level® certification which provides manufacturers with third-party certification of their sustainable products, giving them an edge in an increasingly competitive green marketplace.
level certification is a voluntary standard for business and institutional furniture manufacturers. The standard establishes measurable criteria for multiple levels of achievement and performance for manufacturers at different stages of their sustainability journey. Manufacturers that achieve level certification demonstrate to the marketplace that their products, manufacturing facilities and company policies have met stringent third-party sustainability requirements.
level certification applicants can pursue credits in four categories: Materials, Energy and Atmosphere, Human and Ecosystem Health, and Social Responsibility. Each category features prerequisites as well as credits related to products, manufacturing facilities and the organization as a whole.
Based on the points accumulated, manufacturers can earn one of three possible levels of certification:
- level 1 - 32-44 points
- level 2 - 45-62 points
- level 3 - 63-100 points
level certification can only be granted by an approved certification body such as UL.
UL is an approved testing body for level certification. UL’s deep expertise in sustainable certification programs and eco-labels, in addition to a dedicated furniture industry team, delivers exceptional customer service that provides a distinct advantage for customers.
Once a manufacturer has achieved certification, they receive the level certification mark, which can be used to promote their certification to the marketplace. This mark is an invaluable marketing tool that reassures buyers of a company’s credibility, while serving as a key differentiator. level certified products can also contribute to LEED credits through LEED Pilot Credit 80.