The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn. has revamped GreenCabinetSource.org, the website targeted to consumers and building professionals looking to learn more about cabinets certified under the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Established in 2006, the ESP recognizes environmental responsibility within the cabinet industry.
New features and content on GreenCabinetSource.org include the KCMA Twitter handle, @KCMAorg, and an ongoing series of blog postings to provide up-to-date industry and association information related to sustainable wood products. Other sections offer: information about ESP certification requirements; a list of more than 100 certified cabinet manufacturers and brands, along with links to their websites; links to environmentally responsible programs and agencies; plus benefits of buying wood products. Averaging thousands of visitors a month, the site also includes information on sustainable forestry, low product emissions, recycling and energy conservation.
A recognized sustainability program, ESP is referenced in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Building Standard. According to the KCMA, builders can earn up to 3 points for using ESP certified cabinets in new home construction. In addition, ESP certified cabinets may also help gain LEED credits, if they are manufactured with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, and have no-added formaldehyde.