BIFMA Level™ Sustainability Standard Wins 2011 ASID Innovation Award

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — February 18, 2011 — The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers
Association (BIFMA) International was honored to be notified of selection by the American Society
of Interior Designers (ASID) this week as recipient of the 2011 ASID Innovation Award. The annual
ASID awards honor the achievements of individuals and companies in the field of interior design.

level™ certification is a multifaceted approach to sustainability certification. Based on the
ANSI/BIFMA e3 standard, level™ is a third-party verification program that provides manufacturers
with valuable resources for evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of
their furniture products, company and processes. Under the level™ program, products and processes
are evaluated based on criteria including: materials,use of energy, atmospheric impacts, human
& ecosystem health, and social responsibility. Certification allows a manufacturer to ensure
greater sustainability for their products and throughout their entire supply chain.

BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon stated, “We are delighted to receive this prestigious
award. There are nearly 1000 products that have been level™certified to date and the program is
transforming our industry. We hope that customers are finding level™ to be a simple interface for
grappling with the array of environmental and social impacts that need to be considered in the
process of delivering increasingly sustainable products.”

A complete list of all certified products, certification bodies involved with the program,
consultants available to assist manufacturers, and educational/training opportunities providing
more in depth knowledge of the standard are all available at ASID Award winners will be
recognized at Celebration during ASID@NeoCon, an awards ceremony being held on June 13, 2011 at the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Posted on February 22, 2011

Source: BIFMA