Green Cabinet Options
As an ESP certified company, Metropolitan supports living in an ecologically friendly home and offers several green cabinet options.
Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource. As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, it reaches maturity in just a few short years. Bamboo has a very distinctive, identifiable grain. We offer both solid cored and veneered Bamboo doors in a variety of styles and finishes.
Wenge & Zebrawood
Since these species are currently under environmental pressure, they are offered only in the form of reconstituted veneer slab doors.
Reconstituted veneer is a man-made product manufactured by using natural timber veneer. These timbers are dyed all the way through before being laminated together and re-sliced to simulate the natural characteristics of wood.
Our thermofoil, acrylic and veneer slab doors are ordered with composite cores. These cores are made from recycled and recovered wood waste and contain low formaldehyde emissions levels in compliance with the CARB Phase II initiative. We also offer the option of an NAF or ULEF composite core.
CARB PHASE II
In April of 2007, The California Air Resource Board (CARB) passed the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) designed to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. All of the composite board used in the construction of our cabinet box is CARB Phase II compliant.
NAF or ULEF
NAF (No Added Formaldehyde) and (ULEF ultra-low emission formaldehyde) are terms used in the construction industry which refers specifically to the binders used in composite panel production. It describes materials that have had no added urea formaldehyde in the manufacturing process.
As a standard, the plywood used by Metropolitan in the construction of our cabinet box is a NAF product that uses a soy based resin. NAF furniture board is also available by request.