Third-party certification involves an independent assessment declaring that specified requirements pertaining to a product, process or management system have been met. Gunlocke’s third party certifications include level®, SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold, FSC®, and EPDs.
level® (e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard): Download Certificates
The most comprehensive, multi-attribute standard for sustainability in the office furniture industry is the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. The standard provides direction to manufacturers in the areas of materials, energy, atmosphere, human and ecosystem health, and corporate social responsibility. Third-party certification (called level) is based on an audit of the corporation, the manufacturing site, and the specific products. Gunlocke’s products are level 2 certified.
SCS Indoor Advantage™ (IAQ / Off-gassing): Download Certificates
The SCS Indoor Advantage program certifies products for low emissions and good indoor air quality. To become certified, products undergo emissions testing at an independent, accredited laboratory. Furniture products are tested for 35 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde, in accordance with ANSI/BIFMA M7.1, X7.1, and CA 01350. Gunlocke’s products are Indoor Advantage Gold certified and can contribute to LEED and WELL projects.
FSC® Certification (Lic. FSC-C014704): Download Certificates
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable way. Gunlocke is FSC® Chain of Custody certified to provide FSC-certified furniture. FSC options are available on most products and can contribute to LEED projects. Please see price list for details.
Environmental Product Declarations: Download Certificates
Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) were created to provide an understandable report of how a product impacts natural resources, the environment, and the atmosphere. EPDs are based on Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), which are detailed analyses of a product’s environmental impacts throughout its life cycle. LCAs and EPDs report on environmental impacts from raw material extraction, processing, product assembly, distribution, use, and end-of-life. Gunlocke’s EPDs can contribute to LEED projects.
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Healthier Hospitals (HH) is a program that helps hospitals and healthcare organizations set sustainability goals and track their progress toward achievement. Voluntary challenges are available for organizations to pursue, including the “Safer Chemicals Challenge.” Part of this challenge encourages organizations to use a portion of their purchasing budget on furniture and furnishings that meet the “Healthy Interiors” goal. Gunlocke provides a list of products that meet the HH requirements. This list is not third-party certified but can be found here: Gunlocke Products for Healthier Hospitals