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Lanz Cabinets Environmental Statement

Lanz Cabinets is committed to conducting business in a fashion that safeguards the Earth, its employees, customers, and neighbors from environmental hazards. 

We are active members of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). Our cabinets are ANSI/KCMA 161.1 certified. Cabinets bearing the ANSI/KCMA 161.1 certification have been extensively tested according to rigorous standards developed, and periodically revised, by a committee operating under rules set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and developed by the KCMA. The KMCA was founded in 1955 as a non-profit for residential cabinetmakers to aid in setting standards, sponsoring research and providing education and management tools. 

An environmentally-friendly company long before it was in vogue, Lanz decided to show its commitment by voluntarily becoming certified in the KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP).

To receive the KCMA ESP annual certification, we must show compliance in the five following areas: 

1. Air Quality: All of our wood products comply with the applicable CARB ATCM formaldehyde emission limits. Lanz certifies that 100% of finished products emit no greater HAPS (Hazardous Air Pollutants) than allowed by the National Emissions Standard for Wood Furniture Manufacturing Operations.

2. Product Resource Management: Our wood products have received chain-of-custody certification through a sustainable forestry program. We collaborate with our suppliers to identify and use sustainable, recyclable and renewable products. 

3. Process Resource Management: Lanz has a comprehensive recycling program for the following products: cardboard, paper, plastic strapping, panel stock packaging, wood, solvents, and metal. Lean Manufacturing: We continually improve the efficiency of our process, systems and equipment. 

4. Environmental Stewardship: We use the latest technology to reduce waste of materials, recycle, conserve energy, and limit both hazardous and non-hazardous emissions. 

5. Community Relations: In the past year we donated to organizations offering advocacy for children and for building homes for seniors, families veterans and people with special needs across Oregon.

 

Lanz Cabinets Environmental Initiatives

Finishes

Solvent recycling program: In an effort to reduce hazardous waste we started recycling solvent. We then use this recycled solvent for cleaning and then it is recycled again.

Water Based Finishes: Back in 2007, Lanz switched from conventional solvent-based UV finishes to water-based UV finishes. Presently, we are using AkzoNobel water-based Low HAP UV Top Coat Mid-Sheen finishes and stains with only traces of VOCs. This switch means that the majority of the finish used is water based, thus drastically reducing the amount of solvent needed. For cabinets processed through our hand finish line we use Sherwin-Williams® SHER-WOOD® conversion varnish. This finish has no measurable level of formaldehyde or Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), and extremely low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
 
Machine Technology

Flat line Spray Technology: Eighty percent of the cabinets manufactured here at Lanz Cabinets are pre-finished on one of our two flat line spray machines. This technology recognizes when product is being processed through the spray booth and only sprays a clear top coat when product is under a spray head, reducing the amount of lacquer being sprayed and being released as an air pollutant. Each machine has an over-spray recovery system that captures the over-spray which is then used for a sealer coat, eliminating waste and disposal of that product.

Optimizer technology: Used in the cutting of face frame material, this technology maximizes material yields of our solid stock face frame material. Also in 2002 we began using optimizer technology in cutting melamine door and drawer faces resulting in a better yield of panel material and more accurate cuts, eliminating waste of materials and reducing the impact to our environment

Automatic (self adjusting) rip saw: Installation of our new rip saw resulted in improvements in the utilization of lumber products. This is accomplished by using the machines software to calculate the most efficient way to cut the lumber to result in the greatest yield.

Energy Conservation

Lighting:  We switched to LED lights throughout our facilities, reducing the amount of electricity consumed. 

Air Compressors: We installed variable drive 50HP and 200HP air compressors. These only produce and use horsepower on a supply and demand basis, resulting in a power savings of up to 40%.

Machine Motors: All machines with electric motors larger than 25HP use soft start technology. This means when a machine starts it does not create a large incoming charge and surge the power company’s system, hence a more smother and cleaner consumption of electricity.

Air Recovery: We incorporated air recovery features on our dust collection systems. During the Winter, the warm air created from manufacturing is filtered and returned into the facility, reducing the amount of natural gas energy needed to warm our manufacturing facilities.

Recycling Program

We utilize reusable furniture pads for all local deliveries rather than using cardboard or plastic wrap and use recycled plastic pallets. 

Particle Board comes from urban collections, deadfalls, bark, reconsumed. (Flake board in Albany and Danebo)

We continue to improve on implementing a paperless system for all areas of our company by continually adding of improved technology for capturing and storing electronic data. All paper products that are currently consumed are made from a minimum of 10% post- consumer waste material.

The optimization capabilities at Lanz are always evolving. We continue to find new ways to improve yields and reduce wood waste throughout the manufacturing process. This is largely due to continuous improvements in software and machine technology. Any remaining wood waste, as minimal as it may be, is collected and recycled.

Lanz also recycles all toner cartridges, metals, plastics, solvents, paper, and cardboard.

Materials

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Compliant Materials: The California Air Resources Board issued the most stringent requirements in the world on formaldehyde emissions which became effective on January 1, 2009. These requirements are being phased in over a three year period with full implementation required on January 1, 2012. What this means to cabinet manufacturers is that all materials used in the production of the cabinets must be made from CARB compliant materials when shipped to California. Lanz Cabinets has gone beyond this requirement by ensuring that all of our cabinets, not just those going to California, meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by CARB.

No Added Urea Formaldehyde (NAUF) Cabinetry:If a customers wants to go beyond the requirements of CARB they can specify NAUF cabinets and we can accommodate their requirements. Lanz Cabinets offers to our customers the option of using NAUF particleboard, MDF, or Plywood. Our standard UV Lacquer also contains no added urea formaldehyde.

Composite Panel Association (CPA) Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP):Lanz Cabinets uses composite wood panels that carry the CPA EPP certification—the most widely specified environmental certification program for composite wood products in North America, The rigorous requirements of the CPA EPP environmental certification program require:

  • Use of 100% recycled or recovered wood fiber
  • Formaldehyde emissions equal to or lower than CARB Phase I levels
  • Ongoing participation testing of formaldehyde emissions
  • Monthy audits to verify recycled content, formaldehyde emissions, and adherence to QC procedures that meet ASTM protocol
  • Quarterly submission of samples for large chamber testing by an accredited third party

Green Design

Members of our design team have been certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. They are educated in the latest environmentally friendly materials and their subsequent effects on interior air quality and product durability. Our design team can assist you in your green design decisions.

Environmental Quality

Lanz Cabinets is in full compliance with all Federal, State, and Local requirements.

Made in America

All of our cabinets are made in our Eugene, Oregon facility and are in compliance with the Buy American Act as well as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

LEED Points
Category Intent Requirements Credits & Points Lanz Cabinets Solution
Indoor Environmental Quality IEQ 4.4 Improve indoor air quality Composite wood products must contain no added urea formaldehyde resins 1 Point Lanz Cabinets offers an upgrade to no added urea formaldehyde materials. This is standard in our UV lacquer finish
Materials and Resources MR 4.1 Increase the use of products that incorporate recycled content material Sum of recycled content constitutes at least 10% of materials in the project 1 point Lanz Cabinets uses EPP certified 100% recycled or recovered wood fiber panels
Materials and Resources MR 4.2 Increase the use of products that incorporate recycled content materials Sum of recycled content constitutes at least 20% of materials in the project 1 point in addition to MR 4.1 Lanz Cabinets uses EPP certified 100% recycled or recovered wood fiber panels
Materials and Resources MR 5.1 >Increase the use of materials that are extracted and manufactured within the project range Use a minimum of 20% of the combined value of construction materials and products manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the project 1 point All our cabinets are made in our Eugene, Oregon facility and may contribute to points based on the location of the project
Materials and Resources MR 5.2 Increase the use of materials that are extracted and manufactured within the project range In addition to requirements on MR 5.1, use a minimum of 10% of the combined value of construction materials and products manufactured, extracted, harvested and recovered, as well as manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the project 1 point Our panels are produced in Washington and Oregon and the wood fibers are recovered at these facilities and may contribute to points based on the location of the project


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