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1/10/2014

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KI Earns Indoor Air Quality Certification



EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- SCS Global Services (SCS) has issued its Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification for indoor air quality to a majority of KI's line of furniture products, including moveable walls, desk and panel systems, storage, tables, and seating. SCS' certification of KI products makes them eligible for LEED credits and other international green building rating systems.


"As a furniture innovator, KI places a high emphasis on design and functionality while simultaneously addressing important environmental attributes," said Stowe Beam, Managing Director of SCS Environmental Certification Services division. "We are pleased that KI has earned SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certification to further demonstrate its success in minimizing indoor environmental impacts while providing great products."

KI manufactures innovative furniture and movable wall systems for education, healthcare, government, and corporate markets. The global company embraces a high commitment to safeguard human health, preserve natural resources, and promote sustainability. By meeting the requirements of SCS Indoor Advantage Gold certification, KI can provide independent assurance that covered products meet the environmental performance requirements of the industries it serves.

"Environmental performance is at the forefront of our manufacturing practices," said Norman Nance, Vice President, Environmental Initiatives at KI. "With the Indoor Advantage Gold across many of our products, we are confident that we are meeting our twin goals of minimizing impacts while providing transparency about our products."

SCS Indoor Advantage Gold for indoor air quality certifies products that are low in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, thereby supporting healthy and safe indoor environments. The standard mandates an auditing process and testing regimen to verify that products meet consensus-based VOC emission parameters, and that manufacturing is guided by an adherence to internationally recognized quality management principles. The certification qualifies products for LEED low-emitting materials credits for furniture, complies with ANSI/BIFMA X7.1/M7.1, meets CA 01350, and sets up products to achieve the highest possible PHAROS score under the Healthy Building Network.

By selecting KI's certified products, specifiers can be assured that the products have been thoroughly vetted by an ISO accredited, third-party certification body and tested by an industry-independent laboratory.

SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for 3 decades. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. SCS provides services under a wide range of internationally recognized certification programs, and is a chartered benefit corporation and Certified B Corp™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education, healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates sales offices and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy.

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