KCMA Program Revises Cert Criteria

by bkrigbaum@solagroup.com








RESTON, VA – At its November meeting, the Kitchen Cabinet
Manufacturers Association Board of Directors approved measures to
strengthen and clarify requirements for companies to attain
certification under the association’s Environmental
Stewardship Program. The new KCMA ESP 04-11 criteria will become
effective January 1, 2011.  Currently over 140
companies/brands are ESP certified. 

The ESP encourages a holistic approach to environmental stewardship,
awarding points for low-formaldehyde emitting materials, raw material
sourcing, setting standards for manufacturing processes which protect
the environment, and making a positive difference in
communities.  To be certified, applicants must earn points in
each of five ESP categories: Air Quality, Product Resource Management,
Process Resource Management, Environmental Stewardship and Community
Relations.  

“The KCMA Board of Directors reviews the ESP specifications
annually and acts on the recommendations of its ESP
Committee.  Third party verification continues to be a
critical part of the program,” said Dick Titus, executive
vice president of KCMA.  “By re-evaluating these
specifications each year, we ensure that ESP maintains its credibility
by keeping up with the latest technology, changes in industry standards
and new federal/state regulations.”

As it has since its 2006 inception, ESP continues to encourage
increased use of low-formaldehyde-emitting materials in
cabinetry.  Beginning January 2011, 80% of all panel 
purchases (particleboard, MDF, thin MDF and hardwood plywood) must
comply with CARB ATCM formaldehyde emission limits.  All such
products must be certified by CARB approved third-party certifiers
(TPC’s) in order to quality.  The CARB requirements
for formaldehyde emissions are the lowest in the world for composite
wood products.     

To protect the forests and insure the future availability of lumber
resources, ESP now will double the credit points awarded in the Product
Resource category for the use of hardwood and softwood lumber, and
hardwood and softwood plywood that has been certified through a
recognized sustainable forestry program. 

With another addition to the program, points now will be awarded in the
Product Resource Category for cabinet manufacturers who have received
Chain-of-Custody certification (COC) through a recognized sustainable
forestry program and can offer this COC certification on at least one
product line or offer it as an order option for those purchasing
cabinets.

KCMA ESP certified cabinets can be identified by the ESP seal, located
on sink base and vanity base of all certified lines. To obtain a
complete list of ESP certified manufacturers and learn more about the
program, visit www.greencabinetsource.org.


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