Last July, the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) announced that it was updating its sustainability standards for office furniture.

In addition to an increased focus on user issues, these standards were also changed to emphasize sustainable principles and the impact of furniture products on the environment. Using these standards as guides, companies can see furniture industry trends and prioritize effective environmental office solutions that will have a noticeable impact on their carbon footprint.

A proper approach to furniture materials reuse can include not just the contents of the materials themselves, but their lifespan. The standards change took this factor into account, as the BIFMA says it wanted to focus on office product life cycles. The original standards date back to 2008.

“The changes are centered on a better alignment with life cycle thinking and include the introduction of new credits for establishing energy and greenhouse gas boundaries, energy management systems, Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, and allocating energy and greenhouse gas impacts to specific products,” said the BIFMA in an official statement. “In addition, the standard now incorporates internationally recognized greenhouse gas standards.”

Life cycles and the length of time a repurposed furniture item will be usable can influence how cost-effective a particular desk, table or chair will be. Businesses need to be assured that they are investing in furniture that will be worth their money and fit their long-term office plans, so they know they have made a strong and cost-effective choice.

Quality Office Liquidations helps every client find pieces with a strong life cycle that are also sourced from reused materials. When working with us, companies will be able to enjoy a tailored set of furniture that is also specially built to be environmentally-friendly.