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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.
Ships in 2-3 Weeks
The Gramercy Coffee collection provides a lavish and chic appeal. The warm tones of the Coffee finish work well in all settings and will ensure your cabinets are the focal point of your room! The simple recessed door design will coordinate perfectly with all styles and tastes!
|Shipping Time:||Ships in 2 - 3 weeks|
|Face Frame:||3/4" x 2" mortise and tenon, solid wood|
|Door Frame:||3/4" x 2-1/4" mortise and tenon, solid birch|
|Door Center:||MDF center panel|
|Sides:||1/2" veneered plywood sides, grooved into face frame|
|Top & Bottom (Wall):||1/2" thick birch veneered plywood|
|Bottom (Base):||1/2" thick veneered plywood|
|Back Panel:||1/2" thick veneered plywood|
|Shelves:||3/4" birch veneered plywood with matching edge banding, plastic self-locking shelf clips|
|Base Cabinet Shelf Depth:||11-7/8" (tall cabinets are 18")|
|Drawer Front:||5-pc recessed panel|
|Drawer Box:||5/8" solid birch, dovetailed drawer box with 3/8" plywood bottom|
|Drawer Glides:||Blumotion, undermount, soft close|
|Base Corner Supports:||2-1/2" x 2-1/2" plywood beam fastened to top of base cabinets to ensure a straight, integrated side and additional countertop support|
|Hinges:||BLUM 6-way adjustable, concealed, soft-close, opens 110|
|Cabinet Interior:||Natural finish|
None unless noted in cabinet description
|Assembly Method:||Ships pre-assembled, dovetailed, glued, stapled, screwed|
|Finish:||Sherwin Williams paint with a catalytic conversion top coat|
|Toe Kick:||3/4" x 4-1/2" select veneered plywood|
|Installation Rail:||1/2" full back so a specific rail isn't needed|
|Door Hinges:||Please use drop down options for each cabinet to change hinging from right to left. Doors can also be flipped to change hinging after deliver, if needed.|
|Side Panels Finished:||No (side will be unfinished plywood, for exposed sides, be sure to add the finished side option)|
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.