Building Products and Furnishings
Manufacturers in the building products and furnishings sector face ever-increasing requests from customers to provide information on performance aspects like water and energy use, air quality and recycling practices, social accountability, and human health and safety.
NSF's sustainability standards for building products and furnishings cover multiple attributes across the life cycle of a product.
Certification levels (silver, gold and platinum) are earned by meeting prerequisite and optional criteria in categories such as material use and management, manufacturing processes, corporate governance, end-of-product-life management and innovation.
Certification can contribute toward sustainable building ratings such as LEED, WELL and the Living Building Challenge.
Four of NSF International’s standards are included in the U.S. EPA’s federal purchasing recommendations, which help federal purchasers identify and procure environmentally sustainable products and services.
We certify to the following standards:
ANSI/NSC 373: Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone establishes criteria to measure the extent to which natural stone is produced sustainably using a life cycle approach. The standard is applicable to quarriers and processors of natural dimension stone.
NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet provides a market-based definition and path to more sustainable carpet through performance requirements for the individual product and the manufacturing organization. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) requires all broadloom and carpet tile purchased by the U.S. government to be certified to NSF/ANSI 140 at the gold certification level. Certification is based on point totals to achieve a silver, gold or platinum level.
NSF/ANSI 342: Sustainability Assessment for Wallcovering Products allows companies to evaluate and certify the sustainability of wallcovering products across their entire life cycle to certification levels conformant, silver, gold or platinum. The standard covers materials such as textiles, vinyl, alternative polymer (or vinyl- or alternative polymer-coated), paper and other natural fiber products.
LEVEL® offers an open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment. The LEVEL program has three performance tiers: LEVEL 1, 2 and 3. The higher the number, the more criteria are met.
NSF also offers sustainability certifications for resilient flooring (NSF/ANSI 332) and single-ply roofing (NSF/ ANSI 347).
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News and Events
Assurance Program for Sustainable Assessment of Professional Services – Call for Pilot Participants
June 1, 2020
NSF International is calling for participants in a new assurance program for the NSF/ANSI 391.1 standard, the first American National Standard for sustainability in the professional services industry. The pilot will include professional service organizations, purchasers of professional services and approved certification bodies (CBs).
NSF and E-Reuse Services Collaborate to Make Electronics Reuse Conference Waste-Free for Second Year
September 19, 2019
Every year, tradeshows and conferences generate thousands of tons of waste in the form of flyers, hand-outs, packaging, coffee cups and more. A closer look reveals an estimated 60 million people attend tradeshows each year—with each attendee generating up to 20 pounds of waste. Not surprisingly, this has a significant impact on the environment.
Natural Stone Council Updates Sustainability Requirements for the Production of Natural Stone
September 3, 2019
In response to industry advances, new technology and best practices, The Natural Stone Council (NSC) has updated ANSI/NSC 373-2019: Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone. NSF International’s National Center for Sustainability Standards, which helped to facilitate the development of ANSI/NSC 373-2019, recently published the updates. The standard establishes criteria and methods for tracking, measuring and improving sustainability in the production of natural stone. ANSI/NSC 373-2019 applies to all processors of natural stone, from quarry operations to final stone fabricators.
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