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Sustainable forestry practices ensure the resources removed from the forest are at a level the forest is capable of renewing without damaging its future prosperity. In doing so, these practices preserve the environment and valuable forest resources. With so many benefits, it’s no wonder ESP advocates that manufacturers purchase wood through a recognized sustainable forestry program.
In addition to sustainable forestry, ESP also supports selective harvesting. Selective harvesting is the practice of periodically removing mature trees in order to allow young trees to grow. Trees that are near their death or have grown to an unproductive diameter can stunt younger trees from growing properly. By periodically harvesting particular trees, forest regeneration is improved. Selective harvesting leads to healthier forests, thus preserving the environmental and social benefits forests provide
Formaldehyde is a widely used chemical, which has been studied extensively, and is typically encountered in low levels. Like many other chemicals, if encountered in high levels, it can have negative health effects. Most people have no reaction to low-level formaldehyde emissions, but a small percentage of the population has acute sensitivity to it and other chemicals. For those with known sensitivities, studies have shown that readily available laminated cabinets are among the lowest emitters.
The ESP encourages manufacturers to use low-formaldehyde emitting materials in all their cabinets.
ESP certification places importance on manufacturers discussing sound environmental practices with their suppliers, in addition to practicing environmental responsibility themselves. KCMA supplier members are supporting ESP manufacturers by evaluating and documenting their own practices to protect the environment. ESP certification also encourages manufacturers to demonstrate community outreach. Manufacturers can utilize their abundant resources to have a significant positive impact on their community. Manufacturers and individuals can get involved in a variety of charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, Housing America, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local hospitals and food banks. It’s imperative to not only be environmentally responsible, but also a responsible citizen in your community.
(1)Internal Revenue Service, “Tax-Exempt Organization and Other Entities Listed on the Exempt Organization Business Master File, by Type of Organization and Internal Revenue Code Section, Fiscal Years 2002-2005,” Internal Revenue Service Data Book 2006, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/06databk.pdf pg. 56
Helping the environment by managing waste is vital both for individuals and manufacturers. Manufacturers can earn points towards ESP certification by creating programs for recycling cardboard, paper, plastics and wood solvents. They are also encouraged to continually track waste and document goals to reduce waste. In addition to the more traditional practice of recycling waste, it is also beneficial for manufacturers to recycle process by-products, like steam, to generate alternative energy. Producing alternative energy is another way to conserve precious resources and sustain the environment. Recycling leads to a healthier world which is why having an active recycling program, energy conservation program, and generating alternative energy are all important parts of ESP certification.
(1)Environmental Protection Agency
(2) McKeever, David B. 2004. Inventories of woody residues and solid wood waste in the United States, 2002 The Ninth International Conference on Inorganic-Bonded Composite Materials Conference, October 10-13, 2004 ...Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [CD-ROM]. [Moscow, ID] : University of Idaho, c2004: 12 pages
ABS – acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
CPA – Composite Panel Association
EPP – Environmentally Preferable Product
ESP – Environmental Stewardship Program
FSC – Forest Stewardship Council
KCMA – Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
UV – ultra violet
PVC – polyvinyl chloride
No added urea-formaldehyde plywood
Composite Panel Association’s
Environmentally Preferable Product Downstream Program
Low emitting topcoat, water-based stains and other water-based finishes available.
Harvested from forests that are third-party verified to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations. Due to our Chain of Custody certification, all wood products used by Crystal are either FSC Certified or FSC Controlled.
Green-Core plywood is American made with no added urea-formaldehyde and moisture resistant resins.
Green-Core plywood interior surfaces are coated with a non-emitting and exceptionally durable UV topcoat.
Crystal is certified to the requirements of ESP* 02-09 for Air Quality, Resource Management of Product and Process, Environmental Stewardship and Community Relations under the KCMA* Environmental Stewardship Program.
Crystal is a licensed facility under the Composite Panel Association’s Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) downstream user programs. Over 95% of the composite products used at Crystal meet the criteria for recycled content and emissions.
GREEN BUILDING POINTS SUMMARY
LEED 2009 (NEW CONSTRUCTION AND COMMERCIAL INTERIORS): Crystal’s green products may
contribute toward points under the following LEED 2009 for New Construction and Commercial Interiors credits.
Actual points are earned for the entire project; final determination and project certification made by the Green
Building Certification Institute.
Materials & Resources (MR)
o MR Credit 4 Recycled Content: recycled content of particleboard and MDF is 100% preconsumer
recycled; stainless steel doors are 60% - 2 points
o MR Credit 6 Rapidly Renewable: bamboo – 1 point
o MR Credit 7 Certified Wood: FSC certified species include maple, cherry, birch, hickory, red oak, quartersawn white oak, heartwood, rustic cherry, rustic hickory, rustic red oak – 1 point
Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
o IEQ Credit 4.2 Low-Emitting Paint & Coatings: waterbased stains, waterbased UV finishes (SCAQMD Rule 1113 compliant) - 1 point
o IEQ Credit 4.4 Low-Emitting Composite Products: Green-Core boxwork with no added ureaformaldehyde resins – 1 point
o IEQ Credit 4.5 Low-Emitting Systems Furniture: Green-Core boxwork and low-emitting
finishes – 1 point (Commercial Interiors only)
LEED FOR HOMES (LEED-H): In LEED for Homes, cabinetry components may earn points if more than
90% of the component meets the “environmentally preferable products” specifications in Table 24.
Materials & Resources (MR)
o MR Credit 2 Environmentally-Preferable Products
MR 2.1: If used, tropical wood species must be FSC certified (prerequisite)
MR 2.2: “Environmentally Preferable Products” (Table 24 cabinetry specs) – ½ point
• Composite products must contain no added urea formaldehyde resins (Green-Core)
• FSC-certified species or recycled content (particleboard, MDF, or stainless steel), or rapidly renewable (bamboo), or reclaimed wood
• Local production: if sourced/produced within 500 miles of home (1/2 point)
NATIONAL GREEN BUILDING STANDARD V. #2 (ICC 700-2008): This ANSI-accredited green building consensus standard awards points to cabinetry if more than 85% of the cabinetry meets the following.
Indoor Environmental Quality
o Pollutant Source Control 901.10
Complies with KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program (all Crystal products) – 2 points
Complies with CA Air Resources Board limits on emissions of formaldehyde from composite wood products (all Crystal products) – 3 points
Contains no added urea formaldehyde or complies with GREENGUARD emission
standards (Green-Core, water-based finishes, low-emitting finishes) – 5 points
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Crystal
January 20, 2009
Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. is announcing receipt of its certification under the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Standard for Chain of Custody Certification (FSC-STD-40-004). This certification enables the company to sell FSC-certified and labeled cabinetry in birch, cherry, heartwood, hickory, maple, quarter sawn white oak, red oak, rustic cherry, rustic hickory, and rustic red oak. Other species may be available by special request.
By its FSC chain of custody certification, Crystal continues to show that it is truly a leader in the development
of green custom cabinetry. Customers can be assured that when ordering FSC certified cabinetry, the wood is sourced responsibly from well-managed forests.
“We are proud of our ability to meet the strictest standards required to comply with FSC certification. Crystal will continue to pursue every effort to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship through operational excellence and relationships with suppliers who share our values,” says Boyd Hedin, Chief Operations Officer with Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.
“Crystal Cabinets has a track record as an environmentally responsible company with our Green-Core
cabinets and waste reduction commitments, adding FSC certification kicks it up a notch,” says Angela Ewald,
Environmental Health & Safety Manager with Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to create
a marketplace that promotes well-managed forests by ensuring forestry practices are environmentally
responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable. Under the FSC system there are certification
requirements for forest management and for any organization involved in all stages of the supply chain of FSC wood processing and distribution.
A family tradition that began in 1947, Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. is a resilient and dynamic manufacturer of handcrafted cabinetry. For over 60 years, Crystal has taken great care in creating custom cabinetry with a durable, long-lasting finish.
Crystals’ certificate number is SGS-COC-005701.
Sandy Nierengarten Angela Ewald
Crystal’s Marketing Dept. Crystal’s Environmental, Health & Safety Manager
Creative Design Coordinator 800-989-9525
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