We recognize the importance of designing LEED-certified projects, so we’re happy to support you in any way we can.
By specifying our products, we can help you secure points toward LEED certification in several categories, including:
- Energy and Atmosphere
- Materials and Resources
- Indoor Environmental Quality
LEED is the pinnacle of green building practices and buildings certified by this highly regarded third party are energy efficient, use non-toxic building materials, are water-smart and respect the environment in which they’re constructed.
From offices to schools to hospitals and to government buildings, the need to achieve LEED certification is more important than ever before. This is because LEED-certified facilities use resources more efficiently than ones built to code. As a result, LEED-certified buildings provide healthier environments—conducive to higher productivity, improved health and comfort. Learn more at www.usgbc.org.
SCS INDOOR ADVANTAGE
KI designs and manufactures low-emission products to help improve indoor air quality for both our customers and employees, as well as for interiors catering to sensitive environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. We do not use any chemicals that exceed any known federal, state or municipal government indoor air quality measurement, and we use materials that meet and exceed the requirements for indoor air quality standards.
SCS Indoor Advantage is dedicated to air quality standards and provides unbiased testing and certification through its Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). We rely on this program to ensure our products meet the most stringent third-party standards for indoor air quality – thus providing a better quality of life for the people using our products, because they are breathing cleaner indoor air.
Most KI products are SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certified. To see if a KI product you’re interested in meets these certifications, search for a KI product here.
SCS Indoor Advantage certification is imperative for those looking to achieve LEED Certification – especially in educational institutions and healthcare facilities where improved air quality is becoming a requirement rather than optional. To see how SCS Indoor Advantage certification can positively impact LEED ratings, search for KI's certified products here.
Poor indoor air quality has been identified as a cause of illness, which leads to employee sick days and loss of productivity. The quality of air in educational institutions, healthcare facilities and offices can be directly affected by harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are common in indoor environments and are emitted from sources such as cleaning compounds, wood products, waxes, paints and other coatings. These compounds easily volatize (vaporize from a solid or liquid into a gas) into the air people breathe and are considered contributing factors of allergies, asthma and potentially cancer over long periods of exposure. To learn more, go to www.osha.gov/SLTC/indoorairquality.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is widely regarded as one of the most important initiatives of the last decade to promote responsible forest management worldwide – and we agree. We partner with many vendors who can provide wood components sourced from FSC-managed forests, which may contribute toward the use of certified wood. All of our wood products can be produced using FSC-certified wood materials. Plus, all of our factories are FSC-certified and carry their own Chain of Custody (CoC) number.
Contact a KI representative to learn more about specifying KI products with FSC certification.
Specifying FSC-certified furniture can contribute toward LEED ratings.
KI has level® certification for 177 products under the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association’s (BIFMA) level Sustainability Program. As a result of this certification, interior designers, architects, facility managers and others across all industries can easily identify and confidently specify increasingly sustainable furniture manufactured by KI.
Developed in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures, level is the label awarded to office furniture products that meet multiple criteria of the stringent, multi-attribute ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. Earning the level mark requires validation by an approved third-party certification body.
Level establishes measurable performance criteria to address environmental and social aspects of product manufacturing throughout the supply chain, including the areas of Materials, Energy and Atmosphere, Human and Ecosystem Health, and Social Responsibility. Choosing level-certified products assures that the product is produced in an environmentally and socially conscious manner and comes from a responsible manufacturer.
View a complete list of certified KI products
BIFMA's level Certification Program is the multi-attribute sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the commercial furniture industry. BIFMA developed level to deliver an open and holistic means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. Taking into account a company's social actions, energy usage, material selection, human and ecosystem health, along with numerous other impacts, level addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives. Learn more at http://levelcertified.org.
HEALTHIER HOSPITALS INITIATIVE
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a coalition of major health systems across the U.S. that have come together to improve sustainability and safety in health care. Those organizations involved share ideas and best practices to create new strategies for reduction of resource consumption.
A few specific areas of focus include:
- Reduction of energy consumption
- Reduction of chemical use in the hospital environment
- Increase in environmentally preferable purchasing
This initiative encourages manufacturers to provide information on furniture that meets the Healthy Interiors goals of the Safer Chemicals Challenge. The furniture listed here meets the criteria outlined in the HHI Healthy Interiors challenge, according to KI.
To make certain that your product selections meet the HHI guidance, please refer to page two of this document for details and clarification. Please note that individual customer choices may impact the overall product content as well.
To learn more about the Healthier Hospitals Initiative, visit healthierhospitals.org.