February 20, 2009
New Standards for Cabinets and Vanities
The Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association announces a new program that has set a national standard for cabinet makers across the country. Introduced at the CKCA National Forum in Phoenix, the program fills an industry need for a means to differentiate Canadian-made cabinets from imported cabinetry. The new Construction and Material Testing Standard for Kitchen Cabinets and Vanities is available to all active CKCA members in Canada.
The program offers manufacturers the opportunity to test and certify their cabinets, establishing a certification that will be recognized by architects, designers, builders and cabinet distributors. Cabinets will be tested in a Standards Council of Canada-recognized testing facility and certified as conforming to the minimum standards of quality under the Construction and Material Standards for Kitchen Cabinets and Vanities, 2008. Among other criteria, the program will certify to minimum standards of chemical resistance, joint integrity, static load, coating adhesion and closing impact.
The CKCA is developing a program of hanger tags and other marketing tools that will be made available to aid manufacturers in promoting certified kitchens and vanities to create awareness of the program and to boost consumer confidence.
The standards are published by the CKCA and will be available for manufacturers to review. For more information on the program, go to www.ckca.ca.
Contact: Richard Lipman