Wausau, Wis. -- Demonstrating Kolbe's continued commitment to the environment and to responsibly managed forests, the company has achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification. One of the first of its kind in the window and door industry, this certification recognizes that Kolbe meets strict tracking requirements for ensuring the FSC-certified products it provides come from well-managed forests.
The majority of the lumber used in Kolbe's wood products is sourced from certified suppliers. Kolbe offers its customers with a full range of interior wood species including alder, cherry, fir, mahogany, maple, oak, pine, and walnut. The breadth of Kolbe's wood species are treated and stained with finishes low in volatile organic compounds. The natural beauty of each species can be further enhanced with a choice of water-based stains such as Golden Oak, Wheat, Light Oak 998, Red Wheat, Sunset Oak, Spiced Walnut, Chestnut, and Cherry. Custom colors also can be specified.
"We believe this achievement will further support architects, builders and homeowners engaged with environmentally sensitive projects such as those pursuing ENERGY STAR, Green Globes, NAHB's Green Building Program, and LEED certification," says Cindy Bremer, Kolbe's director of marketing.
Selecting suppliers with FSC Chain of Custody may help projects seeking U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Green Building Rating System™ earn Materials and Resources credits for certified wood. Kolbe's windows and doors also may contribute to LEED credits and other green design goals related to regional sourcing, recycled content, low maintenance, durability, daylighting, natural ventilation, and energy efficiency.
The FSC is an international organization that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests. www.fsc.org
To learn more about Kolbe's green initiative and FSC-certified products, please call 800-955-8177 or visit www.kolbe-kolbe.com