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Patron Seating

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Design Guidance

Overall Strategies

A variety of options are available for cafeteria seating - tables and chairs, booths, banquettes, and cafe-height counters with stools. Select materials that are durable and easily cleanable that allow for high wear. Look for furniture that is constructed with recycled or recyclable materials. If wood furniture is used, look for items that contain no urea formaldehyde. Fabrics should be evaluated both for cleanability and low-VOC content.

Best Practices

  • Consider how seating areas can be utilized during non-peak hours. Movable furniture, a speaker system, and wireless internet connectivity support additional space uses.
  • Use movable, re-configurable tables and chairs to maximizes functionality of space.
  • Improve indoor air quality and aesthetics by including plants.
  • Evaluate sustainable attributes such as high recycled content and rapidly renewable materials when selecting furniture cross-link GPC for the space.

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Federal Requirements

Guiding Principles

  • Material Content and Performance ( Guiding Principles [EB])
    Section: V. Reduce the Environmental Impact of Materials

    From the Guiding Principles for EB: Procure construction materials, products, and supplies that have a “lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over their life cycle when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose”, including:
    (i) “Use Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) section 6002 compliant products that meet or exceed EPA’s recycled content recommendations for building construction, modifications, operations, and maintenance.”
    (ii) “Per section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (FSRIA), for USDA-designated products, use products with the highest content level per USDA’s biobased content recommendations.”
    (iii) “Purchase products that meet Federally Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels or are on the Federal Green Procurement Compilation.”
    (iv) Eliminate, to the maximum extent practicable, “ozone depleting compounds and high global warming potential (GWP) chemicals where EPA’s SNAP has identified acceptable substitutes or where other environmentally preferable products are available” during construction, repair, or replacement at the end of life.
    Determining Compliance: “Procure products that meet the following requirements where applicable: (A) RCRA section 6002, and (B) FSRIA section 9002, and (C) Federally Recommended Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels or are on the Federal Green Procurement Compilation for other green products, as appropriate, and (D) Avoid ozone depleting compounds and high GWP chemicals.”