Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer's Environmental Stewardship Program
The Environmental Stewardship Program, from KCMA, encourages industry policies and practices that benefit the environment and society.
ESP earned approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited certification organization, validating the ESP certification process. The audit followed ANSI approval of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standard™, which references ESP as the benchmark in green cabinet standards.
ESP Certification points are awarded for the following:
- Manufacturers must demonstrate their commitment to protect the environment as evidenced by a written policy statement.
- The use of CARB ATCM compliant low-formaldehyde-emitting panel products is mandatory and must constitute 80% of all particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and plywood used in the cabinets. These products also must be certified by CARB approved third-party certifiers to meet low formaldehyde emissions standards.
- 80% of particleboard and MDF used in the cabinets contain 100% recycled or recovered fiber content.
- Chain of Custody (COC) Certification of the manufacturer through a recognized sustainable forestry program is encouraged.
- Hardwoods, softwoods and plywoods purchased are certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program.
- A documented energy conservation program is in place.
- A written Environmental Management System is encouraged.
- An active recycling program for process wastes is in place.
- All federal, state and local environmental requirements are observed and manufacturer agrees to report any violations to KCMA.
- The manufacturer demonstrates community involvement and leadership through service or charitable organizations.
ESP is an environmental sustainability program for cabinetry. KCMA ESP certification can contribute up to 2 points towards NAHB Green Standard Points.