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Eco, green, environmentally-sensitive, eco-friendly – these are terms often heard and respected, but lack a universally-accepted definition. Do they embody attributes that lead to better air quality or less waste? Do they contain recycled material or are crafted from a renewable resource? Homeowners, builders, designers, and architects are demanding building materials that harmonize not only form and function, but also healthiness. But, with the plethora of materials on the market deemed ‘Green,’ and with ambiguous understanding of what makes them so, it is difficult to know what you are getting.
4 Star Rating – One of the most demanding standards in the world – the Japanese indoor air quality regulation. Products undergo rigorous testing and are awarded stars for low formaldehyde content. The highest rating is 4 stars and is granted by the Japanese MLIT (government ministry).
CARB Compliancy – The California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) mission is to improve air quality. Building materials in California must be CARB compliant for use in construction. Materials undergo independent emission testing for formaldehyde in order to be approved.
EPP Designation – Environmentally Preferred Product – Material that has been recognized as reducing impact on the environment, across the board.
LEED Accreditation – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – A point system used to rate the reduced impact and human benefit of new buildings. Each design element or construction material is allocated points based on a broad spectrum of environmental benefits, including low emissions, decreased energy consumption, and utilizing recycled materials, to name a few.
For nearly two decades, Merit Kitchens has proudly offered our 4 Star rated, LEED accredited EcoPlus cabinetry to North America and Japan. So steadfast is our commitment to you and the environment, that even our standard case material is both CARB and EPP compliant.