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Office Furniture Components

Last Updated: 09/25/17

Materials used in office furniture manufacturing include polyethylene terephthalate (PET) in fabrics; plastic, which is integrated in components such as laminated work surfaces and arm rests; aluminum; particle board; and medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which is thicker than particle board. Recovered steel, aluminum, wood, agricultural fiber and plastic are used to make office furniture.

Product Details
  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
Product Type

Procurement Info

Where to Buy

Cellulose Loose-Fill and Spray-On
Furniture Structure
Particleboard/Fiberboard Component
  • Schedule 71
Plastic Furniture Component
Remanufactured or Refurbished Furniture
Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

For products such as office furniture, the applicable Guiding Principle for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings depends on what characteristics are included in the product.  If it has recycled content it would be GP 5, if it is low-emitting it would be GP 4, if it's both, it would be included in both. "Low emitting" would be any product that has a low emissions or low VOC standard.

Beginning in July of 2017, composite wood products must meet Environmental Protection Agency limits on emissions of formaldehyde. Composite wood product means hardwood plywood made with a veneer or composite core, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard.

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