Keeping it Green

Sustainable, Environmentally Responsible Business Practices

Kennebec Lumber Company is a third generation family owned business dedicated to sustainable business practices throughout our entire business. From the forests on our company land to the products we provide our customers, we are committed to sustainable growth and responsible business practices. These include responsible wood procurement for our facilities; efficient systems for our manufacturing processes that provide better recovery and less waste; and 100% recovery and re-purposing of sawdust, chips, and bark. Minimizing our environmental impact and providing consistently high-quality products that can be relied upon have always been and will continue to be instrumental in our ethical approach to doing business.

– Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a standard managed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC). The standard encourages and promotes the development of high performance, energy efficient, sustainable buildings. Participation is voluntary but more and more the LEED standard is becoming known as standard for green construction. For building materials to be considered green and to be used in a LEED project they must meet certain criteria.

LEED® Credits and How They Apply to Our Products:

MR ID Credit 2 LEED — Construction Waste Management
Divert 50% from Landfill or Divert 75% from Landfill
Intent of Standard: Divert construction, demolition, and packaging debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable recovered resources back to the manufacturing process. Redirect reusable material to appropriate sites.

Kennebec Lumber Company:
The packaging of our flooring products and lumber can be diverted from the landfill and sent to recycling facilities. The plastic strapping and cardboard flooring boxes are recyclable in most areas. However, if the packing foam layered within the boxes is not recyclable in your area, alternatives to the foam are available as a special request.

EQ ID Credit 4 LEED — Low-Emitting Materials/VOCs
Credit 4.1 Adhesives & Sealants

Intent of Standard:
Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, potentially irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well being of installers and occupants.

What is a VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon compounds that vaporize at normal room temperature and become airborne gasses. VOCs contribute to air pollution directly through atmospheric photochemical reactions and are emitted from a wide variety of items such as paints, paint strippers, solvents, cleaning supplies, building materials and furnishings, adhesives, sealants.

Requirements: The VOC content of adhesives, sealants and primers used must be less than the VOC content limits of the State of California's South Coast Air Quality Management District Rule #1168, June 2006. For the Environmental choice program certification for flooring recommended TVOC is 0.5mg/m3.

Kennebec Lumber Company: Our Prefinished Flooring products meet and exceed the minimum requirements for the standard at 0.0115mg/m3.

Credit 5 LEED — Regional Materials

Intent of Standard: Increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impact resulting from increased transportation.

Kennebec Lumber Company: All of our raw materials (lumber and logs), comes from within a 500 mile radius of our Solon, Maine mill (with the exception of Hickory). It is very important for us to source our material locally for not only promotion of the green program and efficiency, but also to ensure consistent wood color and grain appearance for our products.