Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) established new requirements for the supply, delivery and installation of furniture. As of January 1, 2019 all products must be certified by an independent third-party as compliant with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and achieve a minimum of LEVEL®2 certification.
Products must have SCS Indoor Advantage Gold or similar certification to verify they receive one or more points under Section 7.6 of ANSI/BIFMA e3, and do not exceed office furniture emissions concentration limits when determined in accordance with the standard test method ANSI/BIFMA x7.1-2011 Standard for Formaldehyde and TVOC Emissions of Low-emitting Office Furniture and Seating.
Developed by the Business and International Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA), LEVEL® is a multi-attribute standard 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’s the leading multi-attribute sustainability standard within the furniture industry, qualifying certified products for LEED v4 credits and EPA ecolabel and GSA procurement requirements.