KCMA Certification Targets Environment

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Reston, VA — A voluntary new certification program aimed at providing cabinet manufacturers with an opportunity to demonstrate that their products and procedures meet key environmental criteria has been developed by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA).

The KCMA’s new “Environmental Stewardship Program,” a major focus of the association’s recent annual convention in Florida, was approved by its board of directors after two years of development.

The program, according to the Reston, VA-based KCMA, contains 18 different criteria that are commonly referenced by government agencies, kitchen and bath designers, builders, architects, consumers and others. The criteria are worth a total of 105 points. In order to qualify for inclusion in the program, cabinet manufacturers must accumulate at least 80 points, the association added.

“The Environmental Stewardship Program is balanced,” said KCMA executive v.p, Dick Titus. “Small companies have as much opportunity to demonstrate compliance as do large companies.

“This is a great opportunity to promote the efforts and accomplishments of cabinet manufacturers [working] toward the goal of promoting sustainability and wise use of our natural resources.”

Titus said the new program will be administered in similar fashion to the existing ANSI/KCMA A 161.1 performance standard for cabinets. Program certification will be on an annual basis. Documentation and records will be necessary to verify compliance.