Kimball Office has earned level™ certification for nearly all of its products. A LEED-like program for the contract furniture market, level verifies conformance to BIFMA‘s e3 sustainability standard through a recognized third-party certifier (For Kimball Office, it is Scientific Certification Systems). With the exception of Bingo seating and Aspire tables, all of Kimball Office’s current products are certified to level 1.
Products can be awarded a level 1, level 2, or level 3 compliance mark based on their contribution and points achieved. level 3 is the highest award a product can achieve and is similar to a platinum ranking in the LEED rating system.
In addition to achieving certification, Kimball Office played a leading role within the diverse group involved in developing e3 with BIFMA. The e3 standard ensures a comprehensive and impartial assessment of a product’s environmental and social impact. It also serves as a tool for end users to understand how products contribute to their organization’s sustainability goals.
The new standard applies to all business and institutional furniture, including movable walls, systems furniture, desking systems, casegoods, tables, seating and accessories, and materials and components manufactured by suppliers to furniture manufacturers.
“No other sustainability standard is as all encompassing for office furniture as e3 is,” said Jeff Fenwick, vice president/general manager, Kimball Office. “Unlike many standards, e3 assesses the entire manufacturing process from beginning to end and across a broad spectrum of attributes, both internally and with our suppliers. That’s a real breakthrough for our customers, their workplace environments and the natural environment.”
As part of its organization-wide sustainability commitment, Kimball Office is dedicated to eliminating pollution generated at the source, use of renewable materials, and reclamation and recycling of materials to minimize adverse impact on the environment. The company’s environmental accomplishments include developing PURA™, a proprietary UV wood finishing process; registering its manufacturing facilities to ISO 14001:2004 standards achieving SmartWay certification for its transport/shipping fleet; and certifying its showrooms and corporate offices to LEED-CI standards.