LEED & ESP
The KCMA ESP differs from LEED in that it recognizes other than just FSC for sustainable forest management points. It has been well-documented by independent auditors that FSC is not the only credible and proven sustainable forest management system. In addition, KCMA’s ESP takes a more holistic approach to environmentally responsible cabinetry, examining the impact of the manufacturing process, the company’s involvement in the community and the product.
Does ESP certification contribute to LEED points? Some ESP certified cabinets may meet LEED requirements, but ESP certification itself does not automatically contribute to LEED points. Cabinets can contribute to LEED points only if they are manufactured with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood and have no added formaldehyde. The LEED specifications raise serious issues concerning materials availability, extra cost, questionable performance and durability, and possible substitution of adhesives with their own safety or health issues. LEED certified cabinets are generally much more costly than more readily available ESP certified cabinets.