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Environmental Certification. Topics we will cover today. Industry Players US Green Building Council - LEED Forest Stewardship Council - FSC Scientific Certification Systems LEED Rating System SCS - Recovered-Content Certification FSC-Certification VOC content Adhesives Finish

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Topics we will cover today

  • IndustryPlayers

    • US Green Building Council - LEED

    • Forest Stewardship Council - FSC

    • Scientific Certification Systems

  • LEED Rating System

  • SCS - Recovered-Content Certification

  • FSC-Certification

  • VOC content

    • Adhesives

    • Finish

  • Formaldehyde Content


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Industry Players

U.S. Green Building Council

(www.usgbc.org)

USGBC is a non-profit organization whose membership consists of architects, manufacturers, engineers, contractors, designers, consultants, professional societies, environmental organizations, governmental organizations, financial institutions, and others, who are committed to the idea of sustainable building practices.


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US Green Building Council

  • Developed LEED Rating System to encourage consideration of the environment when constructing new buildings

  • LEED Rating System is a points-based, self-assessment system, where individual points are awarded for meeting specific environmental/energy criteria.


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LEED Rating System

  • Currently, we have the opportunity to assist customers in achieving 9 potential credits.

    (See LEED Status Matrix)

  • Remember, our doors help them qualify; they will not get them the point!


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Industry Players

Scientific Certification Systems

(www.scs.org)

Via its Forest Conservation Program, SCS audits and certifies forest managers and forest product manufacturers under FSC standards and principles, and materials management standards.


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SCS Certification

  • Recovered content

    • SCS certification (EPC) is for recovered fiber content of doors.

    • 40% Recovered content certification meets requirements for 2 LEED points

      • (Materials and Resources, points 4.1 and 4.2)


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Industry Players

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) (www.fscus.org)

The FSC is an independent NGO which promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable forest management.


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Industry Players

Smartwood

(www.smartwood.org)

Smartwood audits and certifies forest managers and forest product manufacturers under FSC’s standards and principles.


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FSC Certification

  • Certification designed to assure customers that the manufacturer is using wood that originates from certified forests.

  • Currently available only in ESC door.


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FSC-Certified Doors

  • FSC Standards = 70% wood-fiber based material, by weight or volume, must be from FSC-certified source.


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“Certified Doors”

  • In FSC context, talking about forest management

    • Potential LEED credit (Materials and Resources, credit 7)

  • In SCS context, talking about materials management

    • Potential LEED credits (Materials and Resources, credits 4.1 and 4.2)


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Formaldehyde Content

  • All doors currently contain added formaldehyde.

  • USGBC considers added formaldehyde in composite-fiber products only

    (NOT stave core, and not adhesives used in assembly!)

  • Use of formaldehyde-free crossbands will allow ESC door to meet LEED requirement for “no added formaldehyde”


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Formaldehyde Content

  • “Large Chamber Test Method” used to determine off-gassing of formaldehyde from final product.

  • Unfinished and Enviroclad UV finished door tested in 1997


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Low-VOC adhesives

  • All doors qualify for 1 LEED point, for use of low-VOC adhesives.

    (Indoor Environmental Quality point 4.1)


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Enviroclad UV Finish

  • UV-finished doors qualify for LEED credit

    (Indoor Environmental Quality credit 4.2)

    (Low to no VOCs in stains, topcoats)


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