The millwork in a break room of an office project can be an extremely sustainable addition if researched properly. There are many things that must be taken into consideration when selecting millwork. Three areas that should be taken into account are:
- FSC Certified Wood. Certified wood comes from well-managed sustainable forests, and the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is the strictest council with its certification.
- Low-Emitting Materials. The materials used for the millwork should be low-emitting. This includes the wood and adhesives or additives, such as the use of no-added urea formaldehyde.
- Recycled content. The recycled content can be wood, bamboo, various types of straw, or others.
These three considerations can add LEED points to projects and assure the use of sustainable millwork.
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“USGBC: Version 2.0 Rating System.” USGBC: U.S. Green Building Council. 27 Jan. 2009 <http://www.usgbc.org/>.