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The state strives to procure furniture that has a reduced impact on the environment and human health. Restricting chemical additives in furniture can reduce impacts to indoor air quality. Furniture made with recycled content promote waste diversion and conservation of natural resources. Furthermore, products with third-party environmental certification may help state buildings obtain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Green Contracts

Contract Name:  Modular Systems Furniture
Contract ID/Number:  1-16-71-52

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Laws, Regulations and Policy


  • Business and Professions Code Sections 19000 - 19221 Home Furnishings
  • Health and Safety Code Sections 44300 - 44394 - Air Toxics Hot Spots Information and Assessment Act
  • Health and Safety Code Section 108920 - Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers Requirements
  • Public Contract Code Sections 12200 - 12217 - State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC)


  • California Code of Regulations, Title 4, Section 1374 - Flammability; Upholstered and Reupholstered Furniture
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 93120-93120.12 - Air Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emission from Composite Wood Products 
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601-1608 - Appliance Efficiency Regulations


  • Executive Order B-18-12 - Governor's Green Buildings Initiative
  • Management Memo 11-01 - Cost-Effective Reuse of Surplus Furniture
  • Management Memo 14-05 - Indoor Environmental Quality: New, Renovated, and Existing Buildings
  • Management Memo 14-07 - Standard Operating Procedures for Energy Management In State Buildings
  • Management Memo 15-05 - Policy and Procedures for Acquiring Modular Systems Furniture
  • State Administrative Manual 1321.17 - Modular Systems Furniture
  • State Administrative Manual 3505, 3672 - Prison Industry Authority
  • State Administrative Manual 3520 - Disposal of Surplus Personal Property

Certifications and Standards

  • American National Standard Institute / Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (ANSI/BIFMA) e3-2014e – Furniture Sustainability Standard
  • ANSI/BIFMA X7.1 - Standard for Formaldehyde and VOC Emissions of Low-emitting Office Furniture and Seating
  • Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) level® certification
  • California Department of Public Health / Environmental Health Laboratory Branch Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers Version 1.1 (CDPH/EHLB Standard Method V1.1 – 2010)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)®
  • SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold

Buying Tips

  • Consider products that are certified to BIFMA level®, GREENGUARD Gold, or SCS Indoor Advantage Gold, especially when the products will be used in a LEED certified building.
  • When purchasing certified products, ask for the certification(s) and verify the information.
  • Look for LED desk lights and include occupancy sensors when feasible.
  • Consider wood products that are FSC® certified.

DGS Purchasing Standards

DGS purchasing standards provide the minimum criteria purchases must meet to be considered environmentally preferable, aka “green” by the state of California. They establish a mechanism for incorporating performance and environmental requirements that meet the state’s environmentally preferable goals into procurement and policy. The following purchasing standard contains EPP criteria for seating.

Visit the California Prison Industry Authority Catalog to purchase modular system furniture.

References and Resources