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BIFMA will host a UL’s webinar on: SPOT App for Revit® – Increasing LEVEL Certified Product Visibility to A&D

When it comes to selecting BIFMA LEVEL certified products, architects and designers (A&D) need credible sources to find this information in a way that fits into their current work flow. To make product selection less challenging and less time consuming, UL is developing new tools that will plug LEVEL data directly into BIM platforms. The first application UL developed is SPOT for Revit®, and it will allow A&D to add LEVEL certified furniture directly into the tool straight from the SPOT for Revit® database. [...]

A.R.T. Furniture First to Receive UL Stability Verification for Artiste Line of Products

UL Stability Verification offers furniture manufactures the opportunity to verify their marketing claims of safety and stability backed by safety science. And UL has just recently delivered the first of this type of claim to A.R. [...]

VARIDESK Standing Desk Receives First BIFMA performance Certification from UL

VARIDESK Products Also Receive GREENGUARD Certification VARIDESK, a height adjustable desk manufacturer, recently received the first UL BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacture Association) Performance Certification mark for their Quick Pro Corner standing desk. The UL BIFMA performance mark is the first and only program that certifies that products meet BIFMA standards and provides a basis for evaluating the performance and durability of products.  While much of the office furniture on the market is tested to these standards, UL’s program is the first to certify products to the applicable BIFMA standards and demonstrate continued compliance with routine testing. [...]

Just Launched – Wellness Certification Program for Products

In an effort to continue providing programs to aid architects and designers in the facilitation of healthier products for their green building projects, UL Environment has launched a Wellness Certification program for products designed to help demonstrate a product’s contribution to requirements in the WELL Building Standard. The Wellness Certification can apply to products such as furniture, interior paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, insulation and lighting. UL’s Wellness Certification requires each product to meet the applicable requirements listed in the WELL Building Standard, and can evaluate additional criteria as requested. [...]

UL Safety Component Acceptance Program: Certifying Furniture End Products is NOW Easier than Ever

UL wants to share some exciting news on how we are evolving and transforming our processes to meet our customers’ needs. Today UL will accept components certified by other certification organizations in your furnishings & retail displays for our safety standards (some additional evaluation in the end product is required). UL has over 120 years of evaluating products for safety and it is important to our customers and us that we maintain our high level of integrity and quality. [...]

Global Flavor for UL first time at China International Furniture Expo 2017

UL participated for the first time in the 23rd China international Furniture Expo at Shanghai New International Expo recently, which is the most influential and professional furniture Expo in China. As the global leading furniture testing and certification service provider, we brought our Safety certification, Environmental certifications, Mechanical and Performance testing services to the exhibition. From furniture manufacturers to architects and designers, our vast furniture solutions were showcased through productive conversations, informative marketing collateral and a unique booth presence. [...]

EPA Extends Compliance Dates for the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule

The dates for compliance to the EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products rule have been extended. EPA has made a prepublication of this rule available here. The final rule extends: The December 12, 2017 date for emission standards, recordkeeping, and labeling provisions until December 12, 2018; The December 12, 2018 date for import certification provisions until March 22, 2019; and The December 12, 2023 date for provisions applicable to producers of laminated products until March 22, 2024. [...]

August Update to EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products

On August 8th, EPA announced a direct final rule allowing manufacturers of TSCA Title VI compliant composite wood products to begin labeling products as compliant starting on August 25, 2017.  The rule provides flexibility to manufacturers of composite wood panels, and products utilizing these panels, to begin following the labeling guidelines of TSCA Title VI voluntarily before the December 12, 2017 compliance date, if they are in compliance with the regulation. As a reminder, a separate amendment, that would have extended compliance dates by 90 days, was withdrawn on July 6, 2017. [...]

NeoCon 2017 Wrap-Up

This year’s NeoCon, held June 12-14 during a beautiful, mostly sunny week in Chicago, was packed with attendees. From furniture manufacturers to architects and designers, our vast furniture solutions were showcased through productive conversations, informative marketing collateral and a unique booth presence. Here’s some highlights: If sustainability was top of mind, we discussed how to promote your sustainability and transparency achievements with UL GREENGUARD Certification and Product Lens™ program. [...]

UL Environment is now certified as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier by US EPA

As a global authority on indoor air quality and product emissions testing, it’s fitting that UL Environment has been officially recognized as a TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifier (TPC) under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products final rule. [...]