Design for the Environment

HBF is committed to protecting the environment for future generations.  We understand the potential impact of our products and have integrated life cycle principles into our design and manufacturing systems driving continuous improvement in products, workspace environments and our community.

We strive to meet the most stringent environmental standards, including BIFMA level®, BIFMA’s sustainability certification program for furniture, and SCS Global Services’ (SCS’) Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for indoor air quality. We provide environmental datasheets to help our clients calculate the environmental benefits of using HBF products in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ® projects.


ANSI/BIFMA e3-2014e Furniture Sustainability Standard - LEVEL ®

HBF’s production facilities, organizational policies and component materials of the products themselves have met all the necessary qualifications to comply with the industry’s most comprehensive furniture sustainability standard.

LEVEL® is the multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It has been created to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment.

Taking into account a company’s social actions, energy usage, material selection and human and ecosystem health impacts, LEVEL® addresses how a product is sustainable from multiple perspectives. With LEVEL®, customers can make informed choices about commercial furniture that exceed single attribute eco-certifications. The LEVEL® brand identifies that a product has been vetted by an independent third party certifier and its numeric marking 1, 2 or 3 which indicates the threshold of certification it has achieved.

A majority of HBF's seating, tables and storage lines are level® 2 certified. Please download the individual certificates from our product pages for the complete details. 
For more information about the ANSI/BIFMA LEVEL® standard, please visit:


Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)

HBF holds Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC-C014704) Chain-of-Custody Certification® (SCS-COC-002143). This certification allows HBF to offer Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified wood products on a project specific basis. 

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain-of-Custody certification tracks certified wood from the forest to final production to ensure that responsible forestry practices were maintained at every level and to preserve this natural resource for generations to come. 

For more information regarding Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), please visit:


Healthier Hospitals

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. HBF provides a list of products that meet the HH requirements. This list is not third-party certified but can be found here:


HBF Products for Healthier Hospitals


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is transforming the way we think about how our buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies.

At its core, LEED is a program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project. Learn more about LEED, the facts, and the LEED rating systems.

A Product Environmental Data Sheet is available for each product line that will provide the details on how each product can contribute to your LEED project. Contact your Client Services Representative for more information.


View LEED Product Contributions


SCS Indoor Advantage™ Certified

All HBF seating, select tables and select storage products are SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold Certified.

SCS Global Services (SCS), a reputable third-party certification and assessment body of environmental, sustainability and safety claims since 1984, has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs to assist businesses with improving their environmental efforts, social accountability and product performance. 

The advantages of holding SCS Indoor Air Quality certification are substantial: in addition to improving indoor working environments and meeting qualifications for the LEED-CI EQ 4.5 credit for office furniture as well as the BIFMA Standard for Low-Emitting Office Furniture Systems & Seating M-7.1, there is the added assurance of knowing that the company’s entire breadth of products is held to such rigorous standards.

For more information regarding SCS Indoor Advantage™, please visit:


WELL Building Standard™ Contributions

The WELL Building Standard™ is the first standard to integrate human health and wellness into the design, construction, maintenance and operations of buildings. WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.

Learn more at

A Product Environmental Data Sheet is available for each product line that will provide the details on how each product can contribute to your WELL project.  Please contact your Client Relations Representative for more information.

The following WELL V1 features are supported by HBF:

WELL Building Standard® (V1) Contributions

1. Air 4 - VOC Reduction, Part 5: Furniture & Furnishings (contributions based on SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certified products)

2. Air 25 - Toxic Material Reduction (contributions based on customer choice of PFC-free / stain resistant free upholstery options, flame retardant free upholstery options, PVC-free upholstery and product offerings)

3. Comfort 73 - Ergonomics: Visual & Physical (contributions based on height adjustable configurations)

4. Mind 87 & 99 - Beauty & Design, I and II (contributions based on HBF’s ability to assist design teams in integrating the beauty of our furniture and upholstery into their functional spaces).

5. Mind 88 - Biophilia I Qualitative (contributions on incorporating nature’s patterns and environmental elements like natural veneer or cork upholstery fabric)

6. Mind 89 - Adaptable Spaces, Part 3: Space Management Many of HBF’s storage products meet the minimum storage volume requirements.

7. Mind 97 - Material Transparency (contributions based on ANSI /BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard, compliance through material ingredient credit


View WELL Product Contributions


Design for durability

HBF products are designed and rigorously tested to ensure they meet industry durability standards. We build products that have a long useful life and can withstand repeated service, repair and handling; and have standardized product parts and components available to facilitate maintenance, servicing and reassembly. 

In commercial office environments, the demands of the furniture include heavy use, limited maintenance and maximum flexibility. Each design is carefully considered for structure, strength, and durability to exceed client expectations. Several HBF products are designed to be remanufactured in order to facilitate the replacement of components. These elements are critical to a long product lifecycle and reduced landfill waste.


Design for recycling

HBF’s response to the environment does not end after producing our product. We understand that the day may come when you want to replace your furniture. 

For information and instructions regarding disassembly of HBF products for recycling, please visit: HBF disassembly drawings. To request a specific product drawing, please contact our Client Relations Department at 855.HBF.2020 or

For information on recycling office furniture components and other assembled products, please contact the USEPA office of Waste and Recycling in your region at


Materials for the environment

HBF is committed to using renewable materials whenever possible. By integrating recycled, rapidly renewable and natural materials, into our processes whenever possible we support our mission to serve our clients’ needs while not harming the environment.


Recycled materials

Many HBF seating, tables, and storage products have high recycled content. The percent recycled content is indicated on each product series environmental data sheet.



HBF uses 60%-70% post-consumer content recycled corrugated and 100% recyclable stretch wrapping and/or plastic bags. 


HBF lumber

HBF uses lumber sourced from woodlands in the Northern Appalachian and Alleghany Mountains. All lumber is harvested under strict government supervision, adhering to sound forestry practices. HBF consciously partners with vendors that adhere to environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable standards. Some HBF styles are available with FSC® certified materials.


Upholstery options

HBF offers a wide array of upholstery options with sustainable attributes and fewer chemical treatments, including:

  • Fabrics made from, or including rapidly renewable materials like wool, cotton, linen, cork and jute. 
  • Up to 100% post-consumer recycled content
  • 100% Eco-Intelligent® polyester
  • PFOA-Free Finishes and Low Fluorocarbon Finishes
  • Treatment-free (no added flame retardants, stain repellants, or antimicrobials)
  • Facts-NSF 336 certified


Upholstery poly foam

All HBF seating products utilize poly foam that is chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) free. 

Preserve® HR foam products are also incorporated into many HBF products. Preserve® HR is a soy bio-based high-resilience foam with bio-base content and recycled polyester. 


Lean manufacturing for the environment

Lean manufacturing is an integral part of the HBF process for eliminating waste and minimizing our environmental impact. Lean seeks to eliminate waste from every business process. Lean drives continuous improvement and provides ongoing opportunities to implement new environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional methods. 


Wood finishing emissions

HBF monitors and maintains low emissions of hazardous air pollutants. 

HBF has achieved “small source” status for air emissions as well as SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for the majority of its products.


Disposal of wood finishing waste and wood waste

Liquid waste from our wood finishing process is sent offsite to be fuel blended and used by cement kilns. Solid waste is also sent offsite to generate electricity. Most sawdust and some wood waste are used as industrial boiler fuel by third parties.