Green Stewardship Programs
Here is IWCI’s status with North America’s leading environmental stewardship programs:
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®)
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®
) is a globally recognized, not-for-profit organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests. Its Chain of Custody (CoC) system follows FSC®
certified material through the manufacturing process from forest to consumer, and provides a union between responsible production and consumption. Forest Stewardship Council certified medium density fibreboard products (MDF), particleboard and melamine finished panels are the preferred choice at IWCI.
Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP)
All IWCI’s Composite Wood Panel products are certified to the Composite Panel Association’s Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) standard. The EPP Grademark Program requires the use of 100% recovered or recycled raw materials and adherence to ANSI formaldehyde standards.
The Lacey Act is a wildlife protection statute that is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture and Plant Health Inspection Service. All Composite Wood Panel materials procured by IWCI are in compliance with the Lacey Act.
California Air Resources Board (CARB)
In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to implement limitations for formaldehyde emissions that will apply to composite wood panels including particleboard and MDF. The regulation will be applied in two phases and will also affect the products that are manufactured from composite wood panels (such as cabinets, store fixtures, flooring, molding, millwork, etc.) that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured for sale in California. IWCI’s Composite Wood Panel products are Phase 1 and Phase 2 compliant to CARB ATCM 93120; the most stringent emission standards in North America.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system is a third party certification program that promotes sustainable green planning, building and development. IWCI’s Composite Wood Panel products qualify for up to six LEED points under the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system.