Today’s consumer rightfully feels entitled to products that don’t compromise the future in order to sustain the present. Fortunately, because of a flood of innovation in green building practices, ascetics, quality, and variety don’t have to be sacrificed in order to meet this expectation. Classy Closets has gone to great lengths to find a selection of unique, beautiful and durable materials that are manufactured with both the environment and your health in mind. Outlined in this document are the materials that are the building blocks for your new eco-friendly closet, kitchen, home office or storage area.
Selecting wood products for LEED Projects can be very complex due to the number of environmental attributes associated with wood. The LEED for Homes Rating System awards half points for cabinet systems or countertops that do not contain added urea-formaldehyde and at least one of the following attributes:
90% FSC Certified Wood by weight, or
90% Reclaimed Wood by weight, or
Post-consumer recycled content plus 1/2 of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 25% of the product by weight.
In addition, if the product is regionally sourced (within 500 miles) the project can earn an additional half point. Finally, it is important to note that there is a LEED prerequisite requiring any new tropical wood to be Forest Stewardship Council Certified, due to the environmental concerns of rainforest depletion. If new or recycled tropical wood is used, the measure must be strictly adhered to.