We offer solid and veneer bamboo and Kieri Board made of reclaimed sorghum straw to our clients that desire fully sustainable and rapidly renewable products. No matter what materials our clients select, they can feel confident that we consider the environmental impact regarding every product we offer. We are always adding new products and conducting business in a way that exceeds the standards of green organizations. We are proud of the many awards, certifications, and acclamations we’ve received for our efforts.
Today, both green building standards and environmentally-conscious customers require independent third-party assurance that wood is harvested from responsibly managed forests. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies Closet Factory’s plywood to make sure our suppliers adhere to all FSC principles and criteria. We also use particleboard and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) substrates made with 100% recycled wood. Our materials are also California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant (emissions standards), NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde), and many are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Each location buys wood locally to support local economies and to keep shipping to a minimum.
All Closet Factory materials can be included as part of LEED certification points for all of our building projects.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a third-party certification and nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of green buildings. Buildings with this certification are energy and water efficient and use sustainable materials. Closet Factory’s materials can be included in points for both Materials Resources (MR) credits and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) credits.
Nothing is greener than wood. Wood is renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable. Wood by its nature helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trees remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and replace it with oxygen. The harvesting of mature trees and replacing them with younger trees creates a continuous cycle of sustainability. Whether using wood veneer, melamine with particle board, or MDF substrate which is 100% recycled wood fiber, you can be assured that the product you are using offers low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC). We are very careful to select wood from manufacturers who practice and manage sustainable forest lands.
Emissions released from solvent stains are a concern of many of our clients. Closet Factory uses only water-based stains, which lower the off-gases being released into the environment, dry faster, and increase the safety of our factories and our employees.
Even the decorative resin products that Closet Factory uses are made from R4 recycled resin. Lumicor, our main supplier of resin, participates in a national recycling program of their products with recycling locations nationwide. They have a closed-loop manufacturing facility and heat their facility with reclaimed thermal energy released by the manufacturing process. Closet Factory appreciates both the beauty and the sustainability of this great product and the company’s approach to the environment.
Closet Factory is committed to the entities that support and promote green building practices such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). These organizations support LEED standards created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). We are aware that our clients care about the environment and their carbon footprint. It is Closet Factory’s promise to our clients, and our planet, to provide green options that best suit their needs and their commitment to the health of the environment. Ask your Closet Factory designer to introduce you to the wide array of green and sustainable products Closet Factory offers.
Closet Factory’s sustainable manufacturing initiative is defined by creating products that use processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, and are safe for employees, communities, and consumers. We whole-heartedly implement the green building practices of Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, and Renew in all aspects of our business. Our green building practices use less construction materials through better planning. We have a design and manufacturing computer program that cuts material to extract the most out of each board and reduces waste to a minimum.
This reduced waste helps create a lower carbon footprint by better management of the delicate resources available.
Closet Factory selects products from manufactures that have local facilities for the processing of wood materials and that practice and manage sustainable forestlands. Wood residuals created by the manufacturing of lumber are sent to either the composite panel plants or to the biomass cogeneration plant to create energy. Sustainability is not just a concept, but it is an approach to conserving natural resources and beautiful landscapes for generations to come. Closet Factory is committed to this approach.
Each Closet Factory location participates in initiatives for environmental protection as consumers. Every facility recycles wood materials used in manufacturing along with consumables such as paper, bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard, and other recyclable materials. We conserve energy and water by using low-flush toilets, LED and other low energy usage lights, and include the use of natural light as much as possible to reduce the need for power.
The Composite Panel Association (CPA) has an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) Grademark Program identifying companies that use recycled wood fiber, and wood composite products that adhere to lower formaldehyde emission standards than government regulations. This is an independent certification to help consumers identify environmentally responsible products.
Closet Factory is proud to display this certification as another mark of our standards.
Closet Factory has installed closets in The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) New American Home every year since 2007. The New American Home is the showhouse of the International Builders Show and features the newest, most innovative products of the housing industry. Each year the home is on the cutting edge of energy and resource efficiency standards, and only those companies that meet those exalted standards are selected. The 2011 home attained the Emerald status (the highest of 4 levels awarded). Closet Factory is proud to be part of paving the way for new practices that are good for the environment.
We continue to get involved in green sustainable projects that prove our commitment to the green endeavor. Our location in Seattle participated in a home using Maharishi Vastu Architecture (MVA) principles which are: “living organically and in harmony with nature while building green and minimizing one’s ecological footprint.” The home was designated a certified Platinum LEED home and was featured on KCTS, Seattle’s public television station.
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