[On Demand] BIFMA Furniture Safety, Performance, and Sustainability Information Kit

BIFMA develops standards that influence the design and manufacture of commercial furniture products. Understanding standards can be a complex undertaking. BIFMA is committed to providing educational content to design professionals in need of continuing education units (CEUs). Each course we offer is unique, but leverages the organization’s significant knowledge base related to safety, performance, sustainability, and wellness of commercial furniture.

  • [On Demand] Demystifying Furniture's Role in Sustainability (BIFMA Part 2)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course clarifies the process by comparing leading programs on the market and explaining the role of sustainable furniture within each. The course overlays the LEVEL rating system and explains its application. Keywords: Sustainability, Workplace

    A mind-boggling number of environmental standards exist. This course clarifies the process by defining and comparing leading programs on the market and explaining the role of sustainable furniture within each. The course overlays the LEVEL rating system and explains its application and relevance to help demystify furniture’s role in sustainability. You will become conversant in LEVEL by BIFMA and its key role in defining sustainability for furniture. You will understand the scope and distinctions between building certifications, transparency protocols, and product certifications. You will gain understanding of the future landscape for sustainability and furniture and the market drivers behind this.

  • [On Demand] Sustainable Furniture Selection: LEVEL (BIFMA Part 3)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This continuing education course covers BIFMA’s e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, which is the basis for LEVEL certification. Learn what LEVEL measeures and how it works. Keywords: Sustainability, Workplace

    This continuing education course covers BIFMA’s e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, which is the basis for LEVEL certification. The content defines what LEVEL measures, how it works, and how it goes above and beyond other rating systems for addressing furniture’s ecological, social, and wellness impacts. Participants will understand how to find LEVEL certified products and easily include them in the furniture selection process at no added cost to those who procure the product. You will understand how to use the public LEVEL product registry to compare products and how this tool streamlines the specifying and procurement process. 

  • [On Demand] Why Furniture Standards Matter (BIFMA Part 1)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The course explains Why Standards Matter to all involved with furniture procurement to ensure decisions are informed by safety, wellness, and sustainability. Keywords: Sustainability, Workplace

    The course explains why standards matter to all involved with furniture procurement to ensure decisions are informed by safety, wellness, and sustainability. In this course, you’ll learn about the historical context that drove the need for developing industry-wide furniture performance standards and understand the impact of social, economic, and technological trends on the bottom line for business owners. You'll identify how testing procedures simulate actual use over the life of the product and you will know how to access LEVEL and BIFMA Compliant as the tools to evaluate your furniture selections. This course provides knowledge about BIFMA’s mission and work.

  • [On Demand] Attributes of Contract Furniture (BIFMA Part 4)

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Aesthetics, Quality, Craftsmanship, Safety, Performance, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, and Verification. These dimensions of commercial furniture are explored for their impact on decision-making. Keywords: Sustainability, Workplace

    Key attributes driving furniture decisions for commercial application are: Aesthetics, Quality, Craftsmanship, Safety, Performance, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, and Verification. These dimensions of commercial furniture are explored for their impact on decision-making so professionals can put safety, sustainability, and wellness at the forefront of the selection process. You will understand the value of original design and how materiality is a critical factor of product appropriateness. You will see how furniture contributes to the health, safety, and wellness of occupants and impacts planetary health. Finally, you will be conversant in the relevant certification schemes and how to correctly apply which verifications to each attribute of furniture.