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  • Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association

    KCMA (ESP) Certified

     

    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.

    www.greencabinetsource.org

    www.KCMA.org

     
  • Composite Panel Association EPP Downstream Program

    Environmentally Preferred Products Licensed Facility

     

    Composite Panel Association EPP Downstream Program

    QualityCabinets™ products are manufactured by a company that has demonstrated their environmental commitment by purchasing at least 50% CPA EPP certified composite wood products.

    CPA EPP certified wood products meet the standards and requirements of the CPA EPP environmental certification program.

    CPA EPP is CARB Phase 1 compliant.

     
  • ISO 14001

    ISO 14001 Certified

     

    International Standards Organization

    An ISO standard is a documented agreement to be used consistently as rules, guidelines or definitions of characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.

    The ISO 14001 is a standard for environmental management systems. The aim of the standard is to simply reduce the environmental footprint of a business and to decrease the pollution and waste a business produces.

    ISO 14001 certification can contribute up to 10 points toward NAHB Green Standard Points.

    www.ISO.org

     
  • Smartway

    EPA SmartWay Carrier Certified

     

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    The SmartWay Transport Partnership is a voluntary public-private initiative designed to improve the environmental performance of the freight delivery system in the United States

    The public-private partnership addresses:

    • Greenhouse gas emissions
    • Fuel consumption
    • Criteria pollutants
    • Operating costs associated with ground freight transportation operations

    The SmartWay Transport Partnership also addresses other key national concerns including: energy security, energy savings and environmental justice.

    www.epa.gov/smartwaylogistics/

     
  • Forestry Policy

    Forestry Policy

     

    QualityCabinets™ products are made from renewable wood. Hardwood lumber is "renewable" at a rate of 2.29 times greater than harvesting (U.S. Forest Service).

    QualityCabinets™ encourages suppliers to follow good environmental and sustainable forestry practices:

    • We encourage suppliers to use Forestry Stewardship Council or Sustainable Forestry Initiative protocols for timber supply and mills.
    • We support local forestry and habitat initiatives, scholarship and training.
     
  • Occupational Safety and Health AgencyAmerican National Standards Institute

    Compliant with Air Quality Guidelines

     

    Occupational Safety & Health Agency (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

    QualityCabinets™ products meet or exceed all state and federal emission guidelines for cabinetry that benefit our valued workforce and the communities in which we live.

    www.osha.gov

    www.ansi.org

     
  • The Lacey Act

    The Lacey Act

     

    In May of 2008, the U.S. Congress passed a law banning commerce in illegally sourced plants and their products - including timber and wood products.

    To address illegal logging and other illegal plant trade, the Lacey Act now does three main things:

    • Prohibits all trade in plant and plant products that are illegally sourced from any U.S. state or any foreign country.
    • Requires importers to declare the country of origin of harvest and species name of all plants contained in their products.
    • Establishes penalties for violation of the Act, including forfeiture of goods and vessels, fines and jail time.

    www.eia-global.org/lacey