The LEED standard contains special provisions for projects that include reused materials and resources. Used office seating can play a part in this process, as offices select previously owned chairs and have them adjusted to meet their standards and preferences. However, locally sourced furniture also has to be strong enough to withstand long periods of use.

While the phrase “extreme use,” might sound intense, it refers to chairs that have to support a worker for long periods of time. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene lists several different situations that qualify as “extreme”: a multi-shift company that requires 24-hour use can also necessitate a chair strong enough to handle the strain. Similarly, seating needs to be strong enough to match the needs of workers regardless of their weight, height and general body shape.

Locally reclaimed materials can reduce a company’s carbon footprint while providing enduring additions to your furnishings. LEED qualification may be just one way to measure “green” construction, but it offers numerous ways to check whether a chair successfully accounts for materials reuse credits.

Some of these seem redundant but refer to different specifications. MR Credit 2.2, for instance, includes purchases that include both 50 percent rapidly renewable material and “material harvested and processed or extracted and processed with in 500 miles of the project.”

Quality Office Liquidations supplies its customers with both new and used examples of great furniture from local businesses. By consulting experts, companies can find furniture that is durable and sustainable.