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Facebook, Other Major Firms to Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardant Chemicals

Facebook, Autodesk and Dignity Health are among the major corporations and government purchasers that have signed a pledge to preferentially purchase furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. The Center for Environmental Health organized the pledge and has also published a list of companies that sell office furniture made without … Read more »

Haworth

Haworth to Source 100% Sustainable Wood by 2015

Furniture designer and manufacturer Haworth has set a goal to source 100 percent of the wood used in Haworth casegoods, systems, tables and storage products, globally, from sustainably managed forests by the end of 2015. To verify the source of its wood materials, Haworth says it seeks third-party certifications from … Read more »

LEED v4 Launches, 122 Beta Projects Use the Green Building Rating

LEED v4 launched today at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) says the newest version of its green building program ramps up global adoption of sustainable building and development practices by creating universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. Already, 122 … Read more »

LEED v4 Tips on Building Materials

Building material suppliers have a number of options available to them, including life cycle assessments (LCAs), environmental product declarations (EPDs) and health product declarations (HPDs), to make their products attractive to companies pursuing LEED v4 certification, according to an environmental consultant and a third-party certifier. Jim Mellentine, corporate sustainability manager … Read more »

Beijing Parkview Green building

World’s First LEED v4 Certified Project: Haworth Showroom in Beijing

Haworth’s showroom in Beijing’s Parkview Green building has been recognized as the world’s first certified LEED project under the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new LEED version 4 beta program, the furniture and office space manufacturer says. The USGBC awarded LEED Gold status after the project earned 71 out … Read more »