Craftmaster® Interior Doors are popular choices for homeowners and builders who want affordable quality with environmental considerations and a choice of new and preferred styles. In January 2009, CraftMaster molded door designs, MiraTEC® trim and Extira® panels received Scientific Certification Systems’ (SCS) certification for key green building elements. SCS verified all three products have no added urea formaldehyde. At very high levels, formaldehyde is considered toxic and is an irritant to the eyes and mucus membranes.
All building products made from composite or natural wood contain formaldehyde in some form so Craftmaster certification is significant. CraftMaster molded interior doors contain a minimum of 50 percent by weight, pre-consumer recycled content based on a standard door construction.
Recycled content with the earth’s natural resources are in limited supply, so choosing products that are manufactured responsibly and contain recycled content is more important than ever. CMI has earned the SCS seal and certification verifying CraftMaster molded door designs contain a minimum of 63 percent by weight, pre-consumer recycled content.
CMI uses sawmill chips generated as residual waste from sawmill operations and field chips to make CraftMaster doors. Field chips are the residuals from field chipping operations of tree tops and scrap wood. Left unused this wood would simply rot or be sent to landfills. Instead, it is broken down into fibers, and then exposed to intense heat and pressure, and converted into engineered wood products.
In addition to these SCS certifications, CMI’s environmental stewardship includes:
- No old growth wood is used to manufacture any CMI products. CraftMaster molded door designs are made from sawmill chips, which are the byproduct of sawmill operations. MiraTEC trim and Extira panels are made from wood that is of no commercial timber value and is the byproduct of other operations.
- CraftMaster molded interior doors contain a minimum of 50 percent by weight, pre-consumer recycled content. All wood comes from within a 200-mile radius of CMI’s Towanda, Pa., production facility.
- CMI uses 100 percent hardwoods, including maple, beech, oak and other species.
- CraftMaster molded interior doors and MiraTEC trim are primed with a low VOC primer, which is among the most environmentally preferable of all paint products available.
- CMI completed the Towanda Energy Project, which led to a 340 ton annual reduction in air emissions and recycled use of 950,000 cubic yards of waste fiber. All five CMI facilities use energy efficient lighting and participate in on-site recycling.
- CMI headquarters is located in a building close to obtaining Gold Status in LEED for Existing Buildings in Chicago.