We take pride in knowing our products are crafted with some of the industries highest environmentally-friendly standards and regulations from some of the industries most trusted manufacturers.

What is CARB

California Air Resources Board (CARB), also known as Air Resources Board (ARB). A department of the California Environmental Protection Agency established with the purpose of maintaining and improving air quality along with researching the causes and solutions of air pollution. CARB compliance is strict and usually considered to be the standard across the United States and areas in Canada.

What is CARBII (CARB Phase 2)

There are two phases for CARB Compliancy. These regulations help to lower formaldehyde emissions that come from wood products (i.e. composite wood, hardwood flooring, particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and many more).

  • Phase 1:

    • In 2009 formaldehyde emissions were capped at being 0.08 parts per million (ppm).

  • Phase 2:

    • In 2010 formaldehyde emissions were capped at being 0.05 ppm. Making the acceptable levels of emissions much lower than in the previous year.

Why is CARBII Important?

Like all living things, we need to breathe. Why would we want to be breathing in air that is unhealthy, toxic or dangerous to ourselves or our friends, family and loved ones? CARB and CARBII help to regulate the air we breathe be ensuring that all components brought into our homes and workplaces are healthy and help to reduce the amount of carcinogens in the air that can harm us.

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What Is The Lacey Act?

The Lacey Act is a US law that bans trafficking in illegal wildlife. This Act was amended to include plant products (like paper and timber) and plants. The Lacey Act is the world's first ban on trade of illegally sourced and obtained wood products. There are two parts to the Act:

  • Part 1:

    • The ban on trading of plants or plant products harvested or obtained in violation of the law.

  • Part 2:

    • Requires that a declaration of scientific name, value, quantity and country of harvest origin be made for some products.

Why Is The Lacey Act So Important?

With a rise in illegal logging, the world's forest resources have started to show devastating effects on invaluable ecosystems and communities. The Lacey Act helps to reduce the harm caused by illegal logging and illegal trade of stolen wood products; helping to preserve and maintain the world's forest resources and maintain the world's already fragile, invaluable ecosystems and communities.

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What Are VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are carbon-based gases that can be released from solids or liquids.

Why Should I Be Aware Of These Compounds?

VOCs can be extremely hazardous to one's health and impact/cause other health issues like: headaches, coughing, pneumonia, fatigue and asthma attacks along with other health problems. Commonly found in flooring and flooring materials the importance of having Low VOCs to No VOCs is unquestionable since our homes and workplaces are made up of 60% flooring.

Why Is Having Low VOC So Important?

Having products with Low VOCs to No VOCs is important to your health, the health of your office or place of work and to the health of your friends and loved ones. Choosing flooring and other products that have a Low VOC to No VOC rating mean healthier air and a healthier you.

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What Is FloorScore®?

Developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) in conjunction with the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), FloorScore® is a certification program that ensures flooring products meet the indoor air quality emission standards. In order for flooring products to get the FloorScore® certification they must undergo strenuous testing to prove the products will help in promoting healthier air in your home or office.

Why Is FloorScore® Important?

The FloorScore® Seal lets you know that your installation product meets the stringent standards put into place for the amount of volatile organic compound emissions criteria of the California Section 01350. What these means for you is your product helps to improve the cleanliness of your home or work places' air quality. This seal means healthier, cleaner and safer air.

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What Is LEED®?

LEED® (Leadership In Energy & Environmental Design) is a rating system put in place by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to gauge the environmental performance of building products and encourage an ever growing market to participate in sustainable design. LEED® is a credit based system, where every projects has the ability to earn points for environmental friendliness in all aspects of the design process (i.e. construction, exterior, interior).

Why Is LEED® So Important?

LEED® helps to promote healthier, more productive surroundings, helps to lessen the stress on the environment and help promote resource-efficient building. In short, LEED® helps to promote a healthier and greener world, economy and you.

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What Is SCS Global Services?

SCS Global Services is an organization put forth to help promote sustainable decision-making and policies in every aspect of the economy and within businesses around the world.

Why Should I Care About Sustainability?

The importance of SCS Global is to ensure all products manufactured are held to the highest standards of excellence, which helps to promote the health of the environment along with the health of you.

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Go Green With Us

Not all Wanke Cascade products bare the green credentials, accreditations or meet or exceed the regulations mentioned above. Not all green credentials, accreditations or regulations are mentioned above. This list is to help inform you of the more common green credentials, accreditations or regulations listed for the products carried within Wanke Cascade. If you have questions or require more information please contact us.