An important seal of sustainability, the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) label on cabinets
assures consumers that the products
they purchase meet stringent requirements for environmental responsibility.
Launched by the Kitchen Cabinet Man-
ufacturers Association (KCMA) in 2006,
A work in process, ESP continues to
be revised to adapt to regulatory changes
and best available technologies. The
independent third-party auditing firm
Architectural Testing also audits the
ESP is referenced in the National
Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
ANSI/ ICC 700 National Green Standard and is also the only environmental
certification program that specifically
focuses on kitchen and bath cabinetry.
The program is open to manufacturers
of pre-finished, factory assembled cabi-
ESP: A BENCHMARK
FOR GREEN STEWARDSHIP
CABINET MANUFACTURERS SHARE HOW KCMA’S ENVIRONMENTAL
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM HELPS THE INDUSTRY GO GREEN.
KCMA introduced the Environmental
Stewardship Program (ESP) in 2006 to
encourage practices that benefit the environment and communities served by
cabinet manufacturers. The ESP goes
beyond other environmental programs
by taking a holistic approach to certification, holding the cabinet industry
to high standards for their products,
forest sustainability and manufacturing
processes. The voluntary certification
program also provides a tangible way
for manufacturers to demonstrate their
commitment to sustainability.
The administration for the ESP is
similar to the ANSI/KCMA A161.1
performance standard for cabinets.
Any manufacturer of pre-finished,
factory engineered cabinets or components may participate; companies do
not have to be KCMA members.
Certification is based on compliance
in five categories: Air Quality, Product Resource Management, Process
Resource Management, Environmental
Stewardship and Community Relations.
There are 22 criteria, with a total of 110
possible points; 80 points are required
for certification in the program.
The KCMA, the Environmental
Stewardship Committee and the Board
of Directors review the certification criteria annually. Architectural Testing, an
HOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL
KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program recognizes companies that manufacture using
eco-friendly practices. Among the brands certified is MasterBrand’s Diamond cabinets.