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Where can I find 'green' kitchen cabinetry for new home construction? #construction #green

As you are probably aware, most cabinetry is made with chipboard or plywood which contains urea formaldehyde in its adhesives. The doors and frames are made of wood but are always stained or painted with solvent based finishes. They are also coated with a clear sealer, a conversion varnish, which contains high quantities of volatile organic compounds (called VOCs) that may be hazardous to your health. Today's cabinetry is still considered toxic by most standards. For more information about VOCs and their effects on indoor air quality see: IAQ and Your Health--A deeper look at VOCs and Formaldehyde . The CARB2 standard There is, however, a new standard (CARB2) for cabinetry and wooden manufactured products now in effect in California. It requires emission rates of urea formaldehyde to be very low--far below OSHA standards and even below their pre-existing CARB1 standards. T...

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