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industry BIFMA, ANSI Announce Furniture Sustainability Standard New program to better evaluate eco-friendly qualities of products via technical criteria The A&D market is continuing its drive in 2011 toward a more cohesive sustainability front. BIFMA International, a not-for-profit organization that works toward the development of voluntary product and industry standards, announced on January 3 the implementation of formal American National Standards institute (ANSI) approval on the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard. “The primary objective of creating this standard was to develop a consensus American National Standard that the industry and our customers could turn to as an effective and consistent evaluation tool for determining the sustainable attributes of furniture products,” says Tom Reardon, executive director, Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA). He continues, “The definition of sustainability and how our society evaluates it will continue to evolve. The standard must also evolve to keep ahead of these developments.” The program—modeled after the LEED rating system with six prerequisites and optional credit criteria—contributes to the level™ product certification program’s technical criteria and aims to serve as a structured method to evaluate the sustainable qualities of furniture products. A minimum of 32 points out of a total 90 points is required to meet the first level of conformance. Copies of the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard are available from BIFMA International for $128 for members and $160 fro non-members. Orders can be placed with Roxanne DeBoer at or by calling 616285-3963. Standards also can be ordered online at the BIFMA Web site, ANSI/BIFMA Safety and Performance Standards, which are developed by the BIFMA Engineering Committee, are reviewed every five years for conformance to ANSI guidelines. Standards outline the specific tests, laboratory equipment, test conditions, and minimum acceptance levels in product evaluation. Currently, BIFMA forecasts the 2011 U.S. Office Furniture market production to $8.9 billion at a growth rate of 8.3 percent, with consumption totaling $10.8 billion at a growth rate of 10 percent.—SS Cevisama 2011 Outlook The annual international fair for ceramic tile, natural stone, and bathrooms aims its latest campaign on future interior design trends With the turning of the New Year, architects and interior designers can look forward to the approach of Cevisama 2011, an international fair for ceramic tile, natural stone, and bathrooms. Being held February 8–11 at the Feria Valencia in Valencia, Spain, the trade show, managed in part by ASCER (Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association) and ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade), remains the Spanish ceramic tile industry’s major annual exhibition event. Cevisama 2011 turns its focus to the evolution of cuttingedge designs, adopting the “Come and you will see the future” tagline, which builds upon the 2010 theme of “Home Skin” and encompasses the trade show’s mostly international audience (86 percent of attendees), as well as reinforce a more emotional bond to the function of design. 14 contract january/february 2011

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Editor’s Note
Exhibition: Orgatec
Corporate Philanthropy
The 32nd Annual Interiors Awards
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
Large Office
Public Space
Historic Restoration
Adaptive Reuse
Environmental Design
Designers Rate
Ad Index

Contract - January/February 2011