BIFMA CEU Event — ”Attributes of Contract Furniture”
September 10, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Eastern
Qpractice Online, FREE!
Join Qpractice members for a special live-only CEU webinar with Ashley Blevins for BIFMA, and get an overview of the most critical Attributes of Contract Furniture selection and certifications.
Date & Time: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 12PM Eastern
Location: Qpractice Online
What drives furniture decisions in commercial environments?
Key attributes include:
Aesthetics, Quality, Craftsmanship, Safety, Performance, Health & Wellness, Sustainability, and Verification.
Join BIFMA and Qpractice to explore the dimensions of commercial furniture and their impact on decision-making so that interior designers can put safety, sustainability, and wellness at the forefront of the selection process.
You will learn the value of original design and how materiality is critical in product appropriateness. You will see how furniture contributes to occupants' health, safety, and wellness and impacts planetary health.
Finally, you will learn the relevant certifications and how to apply the appropriate verifications to each furniture attribute correctly.
Ashley Blevins is the Director of Sales for Ghent, a manufacturer of whiteboards and glassboards in the commercial furnishings industry. After spending over a decade in marketing, specializing in dealer relations, Ashley has been responsible for expanding the national sales footprint for the GMi family of brands. Ashley is a certified presenter of CEU’s and travels the nation providing presentations that train and educate dealers, architects, and designers on skills to educate their clients and close the sale.
Qpractice members, A&D professionals, LEED and WELL Accredited Professionals, facility managers, customers, furniture dealers, and anyone influencing furniture selection.
- Understand the importance of original design, process controls in manufacturing, construction methods, and how this impacts safety.
- Recognize how furniture contributes to the health and wellness of occupants including chemical exposure and ergonomics.
- Evaluate important dimensions of planetary health, and the sustainability attributes associated with common materials.
- Examine relevant certification schemes and how they contribute toward the safety, wellness, and sustainability of furniture products.
IDCEC – 1.0 HSW designation
AIA – 1.0 LU/HSW
GBCI – 1.0 General Education, WELL AP & LEED AP
You will also be able to earn 1 hour of CEU credit if you attend live. We will collect your reporting information by form on the webinar day at the end of the presentation.
**NOTE: There will be no replay, so you must show up live.
BIFMA is an exam topic listed explicitly on the blueprints for all three exams, and the webinar content also relates to FF&E exam topics:
VI. Technical Specifications for Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment and Lighting 15%
Demonstrate understanding of materials and technical specifications (e.g., colorfastness, abrasion resistance, cleanability, reference standards, ANSI/BIFMA)
Demonstrate understanding of sustainability and environmental impact (e.g., recyclability, cradle to cradle, embodied energy, carbon footprint, material sourcing, ratings, and certifications)
I. Project Assessment and Sustainability 15%
Demonstrate understanding of environmental and wellness attributes (e.g., energy and water, conservation, renewable resources, indoor air quality, resiliency, active design)
IV. Code Requirements, Laws, Standards, and Regulations 20%
Demonstrate understanding of environmental regulations (e.g., indoor air quality, energy conservation, material conservation, water conservation)
Demonstrate understanding of reference standards and guidelines (e.g., ADA/Accessibility, BIFMA, ASHRAE, OSHA, NFPA, IBC)
II. Code Requirements, Laws, Standards, and Regulations 30%
Ability to integrate reference standards and guidelines (e.g., BIFMA, ASHRAE, OSHA, NFPA, IBC)