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Pilot program added for LEED certification

Woodworkers pursuing LEED certification can earn credit for specifying level-certified furniture products under the U.S. Green Building Council Pilot Credit 80.

The credit for environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings specifically recognizes products that have been third-party certified to the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard.

The purpose of LEED Pilot Credit 80 is to increase the use of interior finishes and furnishings with validated multi-attribute environmental and social profiles.

As part of Pilot Credit 80, all level-certified furniture products will contribute to LEED certification credits based on a sliding percentage scale for Level 1, 2, or 3 product conformance tiers. A project must include at least five different third-party certified products that account for at least 50 percent of the total interior finishes and furnishing materials by cost.

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