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CARB stands for California Air Resources Board, also known as Air Resources Board (ARB). It is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. It was established in 1967 with the purpose of maintaining and improving air quality, and researching causes and solutions of air pollution. CARB's mandates, such as CARB 2 compliant MDF, are strict and usually are considered the standard across the United States.
What is CARB Phase 2 Compliant?
CARB Phase 1 and Phase 2 are a part of California's Composite Wood Products Regulation (CWP Regulation), which took effect in 2009 with Phase 1. The regulation has to do with reducing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF). In the 2009 rollout of the CARB's Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), formaldehyde emissions were capped at .08 parts per million (ppm). CARB Phase 2 went into effect in 2010 and has much lower formaldehyde emissions than the previous phase; set at .05 ppm. A main reason why the CARB ATCM is the strictest air quality measure is because it CAPS emissions levels. Other air quality standards are averages.
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program assures the specifier or user of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities that the cabinet bearing the blue and white seal complies with the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and sponsored by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
5 reasons why certified cabinetry a must for today's performance-conscious homeowner:
KCMA's rigorous, in-laboratory compliance program measures the integrity of your cabinetry through five tests. These tests evaluate cabinet structure, door and drawer operation, and the cabinetry finish, making certain each feature complies with the nationally recognized standards developed by KCMA. In today's competitive homebuilding industry, the KCMA cabinetry standards are well respected and serve as a best-in-class benchmark for cabinet manufacturers.
- Weight Tests: For seven days, in a laboratory environment, cabinet shelves and bottoms are loaded with 15 pounds of weight per square foot. Technicians monitor the cabinetry for signs of joint separation or other failures of the cabinets or their mounting systems. Other weight tests include gradually loading 500 pounds into mounted cabinets, simulating the stress on a heavily loaded cabinet, and dropping a three-pound steel ball onto cabinet bottoms from six inches above the surface, replicating dropped cans.
- Slide Tests: Few families will open and close cabinets as frequently - or as vigorously - as they are during KCMA certification testing. But that's the point. After the KCMA slides cabinets for 25,000 cycles, while they hold 15 pounds per square foot, you know your KCMA-certified cabinetry will keep pace with your active lifestyle.
- Swing Tests: How do you avoid the shoddy look of loose or unaligned cabinet doors that often occurs over time? You buy certified cabinets. During two separate tests - focusing on the cabinet doors and hinges-the KCMA test their ability to withstand 65 pounds of weight and 25,000 swing cycles. KCMA-certified cabinetry continues to operate flawlessly with no signs of damage or looseness.
- Spill Tests: Because the finish of your cabinetry is one of its most visible features, the KCMA test it to make certain it's manufactured to withstand potentially abrasive substances. KCMA exposes cabinetry to such stain threats as vinegar, grape juice, coffee, alcohol, and even mustard for varying amounts of time. The result? Cabinets that earn the KCMA certification seal show no discoloration that can't easily be polished away.
- Heat Tests: After sweltering in a humid, 120-degree hotbox for 24 hours, how do KCMA-certified cabinets respond? Beautifully. With no discoloration or blistering, your certified cabinets prove they can handle the inevitable temperature hazards in your kitchen.
Pewter Grey Shaker
Ships in 5-15 business days
The Pewter Grey Shaker features a classic shaker style door and a beautiful grey finish. It pairs perfectly with the Aspen White Shaker to combine white and grey in the same room. With soft close drawers and doors, and an all plywood box construction, you can rest easy that you're getting high quality cabinets that will stand the test of time!
Please note that items from pre-assembled collections are not able to be returned, for more information, please see our FAQ page. We strongly encourage all customers to order a refundable sample door prior to purchasing.
Ships in 5-15 business days
|3/4 Solid Wood
|Premium HDF (HDF is used to avoid cracking/warping)
|Premium MDF (MDF is used to avoid cracking/warping)
|Center Panel Beveled Edge:
|1/2" A-Grade plywood with wood veneer
|Top & Bottom (Wall):
|1/2" A-Grade plywood with wood veneer
|3/8" A-Grade plywood with wood veneer
|1/2" Picture Frame Recess Style
|3/4 " A-Grade plywood with wood veneer
|Base Cabinet Shelf Depth:
|Solid Wood 17mm (close to 3/4") sides, Drawer bottom 1/2" plywood, Drawer length 21". Dovetail construction, Natural finish.
|Undermount, full extension with soft closing feature
|Base Corner Supports:
|Wood corner brackets with wood I-beam construction
|Full with butt doors
|Concealed 6-way adjustable with Soft Closing Feature
|Matches door finish
No center stile on cabinetry 24"W to 36"W
|Waterborne UV Finish
1/2" Plywood (sides of the toe kicks will be unfinished)
|Wall Cabinet Bottoms Finished (Exterior):
|Hinged To The Right By Default. Please Use Drop Down Options For Each Cabinet To Change Hinging From Right To Left
|Toe Kicks Included w/Base Cabinets:
|Sides Panels Finished:
The full-overlay door style leaves roughly a 1/4" clearance on the edge. If installed directly against a wall or deeper cabinet and a cabinet door opening of at least 90 degrees is desired, scribe molding should be installed between the cabinet and the wall (or deeper cabinet). If not, the door may not be able to open a full 90 degrees. For a full opening, a space of at least 1/4-1/2" is necessary, a larger space may be needed depending on the decorative hardware used on the cabinets.
The cabinet depth measurement listed is the depth from the front of the face frame to the back of the cabinet, and does not include the cabinet door depth.
Cabinet specs are subject to change without notice. *Cabinet measurements are typically converted from metric to inches and manufacturers will commonly round up to the nearest 1/4 inch. This can cause a measurement to be off by a fraction of an inch (less than 1/4") which is within normal industry standards*
Schematic images and renderings are generic and may not represent exact construction details for each collection. The exact specifications for this collection can be found in the construction details listed above.