The HI certification is an ISO 14024 type 1 eco-label. This means, among other things, that it is verified by an independent third party, ensuring high credibility. The HI certification has been developed in a collaborative project with over 30 stakeholders from across the industry value chain.

Together, they have developed the environmental criteria on which the certification is based. The broad support ensures the relevance of the HI certification in the market.

Reusing furniture and interior products undoubtedly brings environmental and climate benefits. However, until now, there hasn’t been an opportunity to certify an interior with reused furnishings.

HI certification provides:

  • Increased property value and marketing opportunities.
  • Assistance in achieving sustainable goals.
  • Reduced climate and environmental impact.
  • Cost savings within the organization/company.
  • The ability to assess and prioritize spaces and goods using the Hint tool.
  • Increased economic and social value.
  • Support for information and reporting requirements.
  • Credibility through third-party verification.

With the HI certification, you gain long-term control over your inventory management and increased knowledge about maximizing resource and space utilization.

HI certification aims to:

  • Create energy-efficient spaces with reduced energy consumption.
  • Use renewable energy.
  • Reduce transportation and use low-emission transport and public transportation.
  • Reduce emissions and increase biodiversity.
  • Use renewable materials.
  • Produce environments and products that are demountable and repairable.
  • Promote circular work – ensuring resources stay in the system for as long as possible.

Three Main Points:

HI certification provides long-term control over inventory management and increased knowledge of maximum resource and space utilization. It focuses on reuse and circular economy, consisting of three main areas: Scope, Space-Organization, and Inventory.

  • Scope describes the size, age, and energy supply of the space(s), as well as inventories in storage.
  • Space and Organization are verified through 18 environmental criteria covering the organization’s planning and utilization of the space, operation, procurement of goods and services, fixed furnishings, and surface areas.
  • The space’s inventories are evaluated and classified according to four principles.

Environmental Criteria:

To achieve HI certification, the applicant needs to fulfill 7 out of the 18 environmental criteria for Space and Organization. Of the remaining 11 environmental criteria in this category, 80% need to be fulfilled.

Additionally, inventories in the spaces (measured in kg) are assessed based on four principles. To be approved for HI certification, 80% of the inventories need to meet one of the four principles listed below. Moreover, at least 60% should meet principle 1 or 2.

The principles are:

  1. Long-lived or reused furniture from the tenant’s own stock. The tenant’s own inventories that are at least 5 years old.
  2. Reused furniture not from internal stock. The furniture should have been used by at least one previous user.
  3. New furniture that is environmentally certified. Approved certifications include Swan, EU Ecolabel, Cradle to Cradle, Möbelfakta, Good Environmental Choice, or other type 1 certification (ISO 14024).
  4. Specially developed HI requirements for inventories that are not environmentally certified.

You can also download the official Criteria Document for Hållbar Interiör, which contains all requirements and a description of acceptance criteria and how they are verified.

If you’re interested in HI certification, you can contact Kristin at HI kristin.ostberg@indicum.se