LEESBURG, VA — The Composite Panel Assn. has launched a new Eco-Certified Composite (ECC) Sustainability Standard and Certification Program for producers and users of composite panels. The ECC voluntary standard replaces the group’s previous Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) designation, which is scheduled to sunset March 31, 2012.

According to CPA, the ECC Grademark Program provides independent certification of environmental attributes, using a “CPA Carbon Calculator” to assess the life cycle and carbon footprint of the composite panels. Producers of particleboard, MDF and hardboard/EWST (engineered wood siding and trim) products can participate in the program for an annual fee of $1,250, which includes a yearly on-site audit.

Finished product fabricators, laminators and distributors can participate in the ECC Value Added Certification Program, which provides an audited chain of custody. Products designated with the ECC mark must contain at least 50 percent ECC composite wood. Finished products carrying the ECC mark must contain composite wood, using at least 95 percent eco-certified panels. The annual fee for the downstream program ranges from $750 to $6,000, based on corporate gross sales.

CPA plans to secure ANSI accreditation for its ECC and ECC Value-Added program by the end of 2012. For more information, visit ECCproduct.org or PBMDF.com.



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