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ECC Certification is available to individual manufacturing plants and requires an on-site qualification audit and subsequent annual audits.  Unfinished composite panel products must first comply with the stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emissions regulation before being considered for other ECC criteria.

ECC Certification is available to individual manufacturing plants and requires an on-site qualification audit and subsequent annual audits.  Unfinished composite panel products must first comply with the stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emissions regulation before being considered for other ECC criteria.  Qualified plants must then meet at least three of the following requirements:

 

  • Carbon Footprint –  The plant shall demonstrate that the panel’s carbon store offsets its cradle-to-gate carbon footprint as determined in kg-CO2 equivalents of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Each plant shall use the CPA Carbon Calculator to determine if a panel performs as a carbon sink resulting in overall net carbon storage.
  • Local and Renewable Resource – At least 85% of total annual wood fiber used shall be sourced within 250 miles (402 km) of the manufacturing plant.
  • Recycled/Recovered – Use a minimum of 75% recycled or recovered fiber; OR at least 50% recycled or recovered fiber AND a minimum of 5% post-consumer fiber. Percentages shall be calculated on a weight basis as measured in bone dry tons (bdt).
  • Sustainability – The plant shall document that greater than 97% fiber furnish brought on-site to manufacture panels is either converted into panels or other non-waste products.
  • Wood Sourcing – The plant shall hold a valid assessment and certificate from a certifying agency recognized by CPA such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC—Controlled Wood Standard or Chain of Custody Standard) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI—Fiber Sourcing Standard).
     

Non-wood fiber is defined as a by-product of an agricultural crop where the cellulose is other than woody biomass and may also be considered to meet the requirements above.

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Eco-Certified CompositeTM (ECC) Sustainability Standard CPA 4-11 [PDF]

 

 

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