Wellborn Cabinet Inc. is among the companies whose cabinetry is certified under the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP).
It is a seal of sustainability. Display of the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) label on cabinets assures consumers that the products they purchase meet stringent requirements for environmental responsibility.
The program’s achievements are well-documented. Developed by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Assn., the ESP voluntary certification program is a benchmark for cabinets under the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Standard, the only ANSI-recognized green building standard in the United States. Some cabinets bearing the ESP label may also help gain LEED credits.
“The KCMA ESP is a holistic approach to environmental stewardship that incorporates both the manufacturing process and the finished product. It encourages sustainable forestry practices, recycling energy-efficiency, low emissions and community involvement,” said KCMA Executive Vice President Dick Titus.
Modeled after the long-standing ANSI/KCMA A161.1 performance standard, the ESP continues to be a work in process. Launched in 2006, the certification program has been revised four times to adapt to changes in government requirements and advances in technology. In January 2012, the program was amended to reflect the following:
• All particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood, manufactured or purchased, must be claimed under the program and 100 percent of each product must comply with current CARB ATCM formaldehyde emission limits.
• A new category added in Product Resources Management allows for points to be earned for the purchase of certified sourced hardwood and softwood lumber. In order to claim the points, invoice verification is required from the supplier indicating the product came from a certified sustainable forest.
• Manufacturers can earn double points for the purchase of lumber and plywood that have chain-of-custody certification. Submission of the invoices is necessary for the verification.
“KCMA was proactive in encouraging industry-wide compliance with the CARB regulations by strengthening the ESP requirements well before the federal Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act was passed. The law goes into effect in 2013. The federal regulation will require CARB emission levels for composite wood (hardwood plywood, particleboard and MDF) for the entire U.S.,” Titus said.