UL Environment to Help NAHB, Furniture Group with Certifications

UL Environment to Help NAHB, Furniture Group with Certifications

UL Environment Inc. has become an official certification body for the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association and will help makers of building materials attain the NAHB Research Center Green Approved product seal.

UL Environment worked with BIFMA and other organizations to help develop the furniture sustainability standard that underlies BIFMA's new level certification program.

Introduced in June, the BIFMA level certification program calls for products to be reviewed for material utilization, energy and atmosphere impacts, human and ecosystem health and social responsibility. The program for third-party product review can result in certification at one of three rankings ranging from level 1 to level 3, the highest.

Products that successfully undergo the process through UL Environment, would receive the BIFMA's level certification mark alongside the UL Environment company logo to indicate the certifying body. NSF International and Scientific Certification Systems also are certification bodies for the level program. UL Environment announced its participation in the program last week.

News of UL Environment's work with the NAHB Research Center emerged today.

{related_content}Under that arrangement, building products and materials whose eco claims are validated by UL Environment -- recognition that entitles the product to bear ULE's Environmental Claims Validated mark -- are, in effect, expedited through the NAHB Research Center's review process for the research center's Green Approved seal.

"We make the path easier for the manufacturer," Chris Nelson, the director of Global Commercial Development for UL Environment, told GreenerBuildings.com today.

The NAHB Research Center created the Green Approved program to identify products and materials that can be used by builders and designers to obtain points toward certification under the National Green Building Standard. NAHB rolled out the standard earlier this year.

Backed by the 115-year history of corporate parent Underwriters Laboratories, UL Environment launched in January. UL Environment serves as an independent third-party organization that tests and validates eco claims through its Environmental Claims Validation program -- Serious Materials' EcoRock drywall was the first product whose claims were validated.

UL Environment also provides testing and certification of products to industry standards, in addition helping to develop standards, as illustrated by the company's work with BIFMA.

Image courtesy of BIFMA level certification program.