Crystal’s green cabinets are made with materials that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment and are a perfect option for the environmentally and health conscious consumer.
GreenQuest Box Construction
GreenQuest is our frameless, environmentally-friendly cabinet line that offers a multitude of options to design healthy and sustainable custom cabinetry. GreenQuest allows customers to create their cabinetry by choosing green materials and features that are especially important to them and their projects.
Featuring our standard Green-Core no added urea-formaldehyde plywood. Cabinet interior is natural maple veneer* coated with a non-emitting and exceptionally durable UV topcoat. Matching interior option also available.
*Exclusively domestic, our maple veneer plywood utilizes the majority of the harvested tree, and will exhibit natural wood characteristics.
- 3/4″ thick sides – Interior is natural maple veneer with extremely durable, non-emitting UV topcoat. Interior offers a smooth, easy to clean surface and is scuff and mar resistant.
- 1/2″ thick Back – Finished both sides with natural maple veneer. No exposed substrate. Protection from moisture to reduce possibility of mold or mildew.
- Aspen Dovetail Drawers – Beautiful and durable locally-sourced solid wood. Full extension guides and standard Soft Close available. Steel drawer box with Soft Close option also available.
- 3/4″ thick plywood shelf
- 3/4″ thick bottom – Finished both sides with natural maple veneer. No exposed substrate. Protection from moisture to reduce possibility of mold or mildew.
- ABS edge tape or matching wood edge tap option. ABS is a chlorine free edge tape replaceing PVC.
- Leg Levelers – Cabinet does not contact floor reducing the chance of mold and mildew from any occurring trapped moisture.
Ask for our FSC® Certified Products
By its FSC® chain of custody certification, Crystal continues to show that it is truly a leader in the development of green custom cabinetry. Customers may be assured that when ordering FSC® certified cabinetry, the wood is sourced responsibly from well-managed forests. Crystal has been FSC® Chain of Custody certified since January 2009.
FSC®: The Gold Standard of Forest Stewardship
The Forest Stewardship CouncilTM is “an independent non-profit organization that sets standards by which forests are certified, offering verification to people who are buying wood and wood products.”
Principles of FSC® – What Responsible Forest Management Entails
• Reduced environmental impact of harvest.
• No conversion of natural forests.
• No use of hazardous pesticides.
• No illegal logging.
• No logging in protected areas.
• Respect for workers’ and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Chain of Custody Certification
• Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. is chain of custody certified Certificate SGSNA-COC-005701) and may sell FSC® certified cabinetry in select wood species.
• Chain of custody certification tracks FSC® certified material from the forest to the consumer, allowing consumers to have confidence their wood comes from well-managed forests.
USGBC and LEED
•FSC® certified cabinetry will contribute toward earning the Materials & Resources Certified Wood credit pursuant to LEED 2010 v3.
Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.’s cabinet manufacturing facilities have achieved certification under the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’sEnvironmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Crystal is proud to have been directly involved with the development of the program, which is designed as a framework for manufacturers to highlight sound environmental business practices concerning:product and process resource management, air quality, environmental management policies and systems, and community relations. For additional information, please contact Angela Bouma,Environmental, Health & Safety Manager at 800-347-5045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What makes GreenQuest cabinets “green”?
A: GreenQuest is our new frameless, environmentally-friendly cabinet line that offers a multitude of options to design healthy and sustainable custom cabinetry. GreenQuest allows customers to create their cabinetry by choosing green materials and features that are especially important to them and their projects. With GreenQuest cabinetry, customers may choose from an array of green features:
- no-added urea formaldehyde boxwork
- wood species certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council criteria
- recycled materials
- rapidly-renewable materials
GreenQuest earns all of the available points for many green building ratings systems, including LEED and the National Green Building Standard as well as local programs.
Q: Why would a customer want to buy “green”?
A: We recognize that different customers have different green priorities. There are a multitude of reasons that a consumer may wish to choose green products. Some are interested in healthier indoor air (low-emitting materials), while others are concerned with reduced environmental impact (recycled content, certified wood products). Green building also can save money due to the efficient use of energy, water, and materials. It can be a lifestyle choice for others. Consumers must balance their green priorities.
Q: Is there a difference between “green” and “healthy”?
A: Most of the time, these terms are used interchangeably but some people see slight differences. “Green” may refer to environmental sustainability like recycled content and resource conservation. “Healthy” can mean improving indoor air quality by selecting materials that eliminate or reduce contaminant sources and ensuring proper ventilation. By design, GreenQuest addresses both environmental and health issues.
Q: What is “urea formaldehyde”?
A: Urea formaldehyde is a type of resin that can off-gas formaldehyde when exposed to air. Although a very common chemical, formaldehyde is a suspect human carcinogen at high levels of exposure and can irritate eyes, nose, and throat or aggravate asthma at low levels. Crystal’s GreenQuest cabinetry includes no added urea formaldehyde Green-Core boxwork materials, adhesives, and water-based finishes that help reduce formaldehyde emissions and prevent indoor air contamination.
Q: Does Crystal use certified forest products?
A: Yes, Crystal is certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) criteria. FSC® is an international organization that promotes responsible forest management and has developed a system to verify that wood is harvested in an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable
manner. FSC® has established strict criteria for forest management and for others involved in the supply chain of FSC® materials. Crystal and its supply chain are FSC® certified which allows us to sell FSC®-certified cabinetry in multiple wood species.
Q: What are “VOCs”?
A: VOCs are volatile organic compounds. In the outdoor environment, these chemicals can react with sunlight to form smog. They can also be emitted from some consumer products and building materials and contribute to indoor air pollution. Crystal’s GreenQuest cabinet line features materials that have zero or negligible amounts of VOCs , are low-emitting, and therefore do not contribute to indoor air contamination.
Q: What does the term “rapidly-renewable” mean?
A: All plant- and wood-based products are renewable resources. Typically, plant-based materials are considered rapidly-renewable if they are harvested on a ten-year cycle or less. Bamboo is a grass specie that meets this definition. An example of a wood specie that renews on a shorter cycle than most hardwoods is Lyptus, which renews about every 15 years. Both are available in GreenQuest.
Q: What does LEED mean?
A: The acronym LEED refers to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a set of green building criteria established by the US Green Building Council for various types of construction projects.
Under the LEED system, entire structures or projects become third-party certified, not single products. The available points for cabinetry are a small part of the overall points needed to certify the project. The point structure varies by LEED system and type of project.
Crystal’s GreenQuest cabinetry was designed to earn eligible points for cabinetry under all LEED systems and will contribute toward project certification, depending on the green attributes specified.
- Under LEED-2009, Crystal’s GreenQuest cabinetry can earn points for recycled content (particleboard and MDF), regional materials (if within 500 mile radius), rapid-renewability (bamboo), FSC®-certified wood (various species), and low-emitting composite wood products (Green-Core).
- Under LEED for Homes, Crystal’s GreenQuest cabinetry can earn points for recycled content (particleboard and MDF), FSC-certification (various species), and no-added urea formaldehyde resins (Green-Core). (Note: LEED-H does not allow points to be earned for cabinet finishes.)
Q: Why do some green materials cost more?
A: Green materials may cost more due to the investment of raw material manufacturers or suppliers in the research and development of new technology, processes, and materials (resins, paints, glues) to make these products. Sometimes new technologies create slower production rates and a limited supply. There are also substantial financial costs incurred for certification and product testing along the green products supply chain. Often this increased cost is offset by the energy-saving technologies in green building.
Q: What about the packaging Crystal uses to protect its cabinets during shipping?
A: The corrugated cardboard used in our custom boxing machine is made with post-consumer recycled content. The corrugated media is 100% post-consumer recycled fiber and the liner board ranges from 13 – 30% post-consumer recycled fiber content. Crystal’s facilities recycle more than 100 tons per year of paper and cardboard so we are doing our part to close the recycling loop.