The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) produces a suite of product safety and performance standards that should of interest to the education facilities industry. After academic and administrative staff, interior cleaning and maintenance staffs employ the largest number of people.
Recent action in the development of furniture design, manufacture of safe and sustainable furniture in healthcare settings and for heavier occupants is noteworthy. Accordingly, BIFMA has released a redline of its standard BIFMA General-Purpose Large Occupant Office Chairs for public review.
Comments due March 30th
You may obtain an electronic copies for in-process standards from David Panning, (616) 285-3963, firstname.lastname@example.org You are encouraged to send comments directly to BIFMA (with copy to email@example.com).
We find a great deal of interest in sustainable furniture climbing up the value chain and dwelling on material selection and manufacture. We encourage end-users in the education industry — specifiers, department facility managers, interior design consultants, housekeeping staff and even occupants — to participate in BIFMA standards setting. We keep the BIFMA suite on the standing agenda of our monthly “Interior Stuff” teleconference. See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.
Contacts: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer, Jack Janveja, Dave Panning
Category: Architectural, Facility Asset Management