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Stronger U.S. focus on chemicals in office furniture

The U.S. Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative have formed a partnership to develop a standardized chemical identification, assessment and disclosure protocol for the office furniture industry that also aligns with the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and level® Certification Program. “We need to unite the programs […] Read more

New Product Category Rule PCR for office storage products

Global public health organisation NSF International, and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association BIFMA have released a new Product Category Rule PCR for office storage products that will help managers and specifiers meet green procurement goals and green building rating systems such as LEED. The PCR defines the science-based and internationally recognized method for […] Read more

LEED introduces new office furniture pilot credit

Projects pursuing LEED certification may now be able to earn credit for specifying furniture products certified under a new designation developed in partnership with the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA). Products certified with the “level” designation can earn the new LEED Pilot Credit 80: Environmentally Preferable Interior Finishes and Furnishings Pilot Credit 80 […] Read more

U.S. office furniture market forecast 2013/2014

The American Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, BIFMA, has updated its forecast of the U.S. office furniture market. See also: Update on the U.S. contract furniture market 2012 – 2013 outlook for the U.S. office furniture industry US office furniture market slows down US office furniture market expectations 2012/2013 U.S. projections office furniture market […] Read more

Update on the U.S. contract furniture market

The U.S. Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) released its market statistics for December 2012. BIFMA estimates December orders decreased 2% year-over-year, worsening compared with November’s 2% increase. According to BIFMA, December shipments increased 3% year-over-year, a slight deceleration versus November’s 4% increase. Looking ahead, the 20-year median change in orders from December to […] Read more

2012 – 2013 outlook for the U.S. office furniture industry

An updated outlook has the office furniture industry now finishing 2012 down slightly and returning to growth in 2013. The outlook from the Grand Rapids-based Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA), prepared by IHS Global Insight and adjusted quarterly based on economic conditions and reported sales volumes, projects a small 0.9 percent decline in […] Read more

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