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Lanz Cabinets Environmental Statement

Lanz Cabinets believes that we are only guests on this earth and therefore are committed to conducting business in a fashion that safeguards the earth, our employees, customers, and neighbors from environment hazards. We do this by educating ourselves and working with our suppliers to identify and use sustainable and environmentally friendly products. We use the latest technology to reduce waste of materials, conserve energy, and limit both hazardous and non-hazardous emissions. We encourage recycling and the use of recycled products. We are and have been committed to continuous improvement of our processes and systems so we can reduce the impact that we make on this earth.

Lanz Cabinets has been pursuing being an environmentally friendly company long before it was vogue. In order to make being environmentally friendly the norm rather than the exception we have included Environmental Management in our Quality Manual. Additionally, one of our Core Values is “We will be sensitive to the environment by promoting the use of renewable resources, recyclable products and sustainable practices.”

Because of our sensitivity and dedication to the environment, our management, engineering, and purchasing teams are constantly researching leading edge technologies for ways that lessen the impact of our hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams. Where we do have waste we look for ways to recycle or reuse and if the waste ends up needing to be disposed of, we find the way that has the least impact on our earth.

We are active members of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). When the KCMA created the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) we decided to show our commitment by voluntarily becoming certified in this strict program.

To receive the KCMA ESP certification a company must be certified annually and show compliance in the following areas: air quality, product resource management, process resource management, environmental stewardship, and community relations.

Lanz Cabinets Environmental Initiatives


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: In 2007 Lanz Cabinets switched from conventional solvent based UV finishes to water based UV finishes.  Presently, Lanz is using AkzoNobel water-based Low HAP UV Top Coat Mid-Sheen finishes with only traces of VOC’s. This switch means that the majority of the finish used is water based, thus drastically reducing the amount of solvent used here at Lanz Cabinets. 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 (HAP's), and extremely low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's).

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:  In our new manufacturing facility we switched from metal halide lighting to T/8 fluorescent lights, 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 motors larger than 25HP use soft start technology. This means when a machine starts it does not created a large incoming charge and surge the power companies system, hence smother and cleaner consumption.

Air Recovery: We incorporated air recovery features on our dust collection systems.  In the wintertime the warm air is filtered and returned into the facility, reducing the amount of energy needed to warm our manufacturing facilities.

Recycling Program

When practical, Lanz will purchase used machinery and refurbish this equipment with our own in-house maintenance team. We utilize reusable furniture pads for all local deliveries rather than using cardboard or plastic wrap and recycled plastic pallets rather than building wood pallets. 

Our next environmental initiative will be to implement a paperless system for all areas of our company.  This undertaking has already begun and we intend to continue phasing in this project throughout 2011 with the addition of improved technology for capturing and storing electronic data. All paper products that are currently consumed are made of recycled paper.

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.


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 panels that carry the CPA EPP certification. CPA EPP panels are composite wood panels that are certified as meeting the rigorous requirements of the CPA EPP environmental certification program, the most widely–specified environmental certification program for composite wood products in North America:

  • Requires use of 100% recycled or recovered wood fiber
  • Requires formaldehyde emissions equal to or lower than CARB Phase I levels
  • Requires ongoing participation testing of formaldehyde emissions
  • Requires monthy audits to verify recycled content, formaldehyde emissions, and adherence to QC procedures that meet ASTM protocol
  • Requires 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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