All URBANTIME® outdoor collections » follow the Minimum Environmental Criteria (MEC), which is a eco-compatible design approach that establishes environmental requirements for designing furniture through its entire lifecycle. This includes screening all the furniture components & materials to prevent the use of harmful substances and creation of any harmful emissions (such as VOCs). It also ensures the product complies with the most recent UNI standards relating to durability, size, safety and robustness. These products are then further screened in the U.S. by Via Seating’s Studio V » team to the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2019 Annex B- List of Chemicals of Concern and the California Proposition 65 List.
All URBANTIME® outdoor collections » are tested by CATAS, an independent 3rd party testing lab in Italy, accredited by the Italian Accreditation Body, Accredia. Each outdoor furniture piece is certified for resistance to rust formation & are tested to withstand intensive cycles of salt spray. These products are then further tested in the U.S. annually by a 3rd party team of chemists & globally-recognized ISO 17025 accredited lab. They are rigorously tested for conformance to ANSI/BIFMA e3 standard credits 7.6.1, 7.6.2 and/or credit 7.6.3 as well as conference to low-emitting materials.
All Via Seating products are BIFMA LEVEL® certified. LEVEL® is an evaluation and certification system for environmentally-preferable and socially-responsible office furniture. 3rd party certification is achieved by conformance to a multi-attribute standard created by the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) that evaluates product impacts across categories including Materials, Energy, Human Health and Social Responsibility.
All steel components of the URBANTIME® outdoor collections » are treated with hot-dip galvanization & utilize non-toxic, high performance paints.
All URBANTIME® outdoor collections » comply with the MEC directives, designed to be easily disposed of at the end of their life by being 100% recyclable & through using non-toxic paints. Via Seating provides accessible care guidelines » that help maintain the quality of every product and easy-to-follow disassembly instructions » when a product reaches the end of its life.
This creative team that originated in 1983, is located in the lovely and inspiring, Province of Treviso, Italy. Diemmebi has developed numerous products across seating, table, outdoor furniture and other categories. They have won numerous awards for their designs including the NeoCon Gold Award, the Interzum Award and the ADI Design Index.