level® is an environmental certification program designed by the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) for the commercial furniture industry. In establishing a standard by which products can be measured for their sustainability, BIFMA seeks to reduce confusion in the marketplace with the proliferation of environmental claims and create a "level" playing field for all manufacturers.
The level standard applies to products, not companies or facilities. Sustainability is addressed from multiple perspectives, including the materials in the product; the energy, water use and toxicity of the processes used in manufacturing; the health and safety of the employees; and the social responsibility of the company. A third party certifier reviews all documentation and conducts an audit of the facilities before certification is granted.
Bernhardt Design has Level 1 certification of wood guest seating and lounge seating, multipurpose and conference tables and all casegoods. For level certification, please go to the level certified section of the appropriate product page or visit levelcertified.org.