California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Compliant Products

Hertco Kitchens is pleased to announce that all of our melamine and birch plywood cabinets are California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant products.

The CARB regulation has established one of the most stringent production standards in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels. Hertco Kitchens is defined under the CARB regulation as a fabricator (a company that manufactures domestic or imported finished goods made with regulated composite wood panels).

As a fabricator we are required to label our products and retain records showing date of purchase for composite materials for two years. Hertco Kitchens meets the requirements, and we have third party certification on our approved board materials.

As of January 1, 2011 our case goods made with Particleboard comply with Phase II of the regulation:  Formaldehyde emissions ≤ 0.09 ppm* for particleboard (PB).

As of January 1, 2010 our case goods made with Birch Plywood comply with Phase I of the regulation:  Formaldehyde emissions ≤ 0.05 ppm* for plywood (HWPW-VC).

In addition to using the CARB high standard composite boards, Hertco cabinets are assembled with water based formaldehyde free construction adhesives.

*ppm= parts per million and is used to denote low quantity levels. 1ppm is equal to one part per 1,000,000 or 10,000 times smaller than 1%.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED is a building program that was developed to help promote healthy indoor spaces. The program is based on a rating system that defines what makes a building “green” with specific standards in Canada and the US for both new construction (NC) and existing buildings (EB). Hertco kitchens can help you meet requirements for projects undergoing LEED certification by addressing the Material and Resources and the Indoor Environmental Quality categories.

The specific LEED green building points that are applicable and attainable through Hertco Kitchens are:
     Category: Materials and Resources
     LEED CREDIT MR4 – Recycled Content
        Composite board used in our melamine cabinet case construction at Hertco Kitchens is 100% recycled core material.

     Category: Materials and Resources
     LEED CREDIT MR5 – Regional Materials  
        Within 500 miles radius of our Ferndale, WA factory to jobsite. Information can be provided on raw materials that are sourced locally including location of raw
        material extraction and rail transportation distance.

     Category: Materials and Resources
     LEED CREDIT MR6 – Rapidly Renewable Materials
        Eligible Door Styles:
          European Steamed Beech.
          Composite Doors – reconstituted wood veneers

     Category: Materials and Resources
     LEED CREDIT MR7 – Certified Wood
        Includes wood sourced from sustainable managed forest.
        European Steamed Beech
        Certified wood – Hertco Kitchens can source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified woods for your project. All FSC projects are subject to quote.

     Category: Indoor Environmental Quality
     LEED CREDIT EQ4 – Low-emitting materials: composite wood and laminate adhesives – NAUF.
       Hertco Kitchens uses a durable conversion varnish seal and topcoat finish with non – reportable volatile organic (VOC) emissions.
       No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) composite boards for cabinet case construction are available on large projects and subject to quote.
       Water-Based polyvinyl acetate assembly glue containing no Formaldehyde or volatile organic compounds is used during our cabinet assembly.