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BIFMA X5.4-2020 Standard for Seating in Public Spaces Recently Approved by ANSI

The Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) X5.4-2020 standard is the first of three furniture standards under review to be approved by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). As a result, products must be tested to the new requirements at your earliest convenience. [...]

UL is Now an Accredited Third-Party Certification Body for FEMB level Certification to Help European Manufacturers Demonstrate Product Sustainability

New Program Provides An Umbrella Certification Scheme While Also Accounting for Country-Specific SchemesCabiate (CO), Italy, November 28, 2018 — today UL announced it is an accredited independent third-party certification body in accordance to FEMB level, the European program for sustainability certification of office and contract furniture in interiors. Through FEMB level, UL can now help European manufacturers demonstrate product sustainability while enabling end-users to make more informed sustainable product selections. Similar to the BIFMA LEVEL Certification program, Europe’s level Certification evaluates the environmental and social sustainability of office furniture products, but is tailored to the European market. [...]

Have You Heard About The Newly Released Standard By BIFMA For Occasional-Use Seating?

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) has recently released a new safety and performance standard, BIFMA X6.4-2018 for Occasional Use Seating. The BIFMA Board of Directors observed the need for this new standard to align with market expectations for seating products designed for less frequent use. [...]

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. [...]

UL GREENGUARD Certification Now Included in EPA Standards for US Federal Government

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that UL GREENGUARD Certification is now included in the EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for US federal government procurement. These recommendations are the result of a multi-year stakeholder process, jointly led by the EPA and General Services Administration (GSA), and are designed to put a more formal and rigorous process around identifying standards and certifications that comply with the federal government’s sustainable purchasing requirements. As we have previously mentioned, the president’s Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. [...]

UL Furniture & Bedding Division Hosts Event and Lab Tour for BIFMA X5.1 Meeting Attendees

During the BIFMA X5.1 Chair Meeting, held from May 13th – 14th at Kimball International in Jasper, Indiana, UL welcomed meeting attendees to an event and lab tour of UL’s nearby testing facility. It was a pleasure to host the BIFMA meeting's attendees and show them our testing technologoy and capabilities. [...]

UL International Italia S.R.L. — The First and Only Lab in Italy with BIFMA X5.1, X5.11, and X5.4 Standard Accreditations

UL Furniture & Bedding’s European Center of Excellence, UL International Italia S.R.L. [...]

UL to Provide Safety Mark for Furniture in Michigan

We are now approved to provide UL Safety Certification services in our Holland, Mich. facility! Our facility provides comprehensive performance and mechanical testing services, and the UL Safety Certification to manufacturers and suppliers who want to demonstrate the safety of their furniture products and comply with local requirements. Our lab will have UL engineers on location to improve the speed of service, and be closer to furniture manufacturers. [...]