National Certifications Affirm Quality of Kitchens by Concept Cabinetry

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At Kitchens by Concept, we are committed to manufacturing cabinets of the highest quality, that will provide years of service in a healthy environment. National recognitions summarized below testify to our success in those efforts.

Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association (KCMA) Certification

Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program certifies Kitchens by Concept is manufacturing kitchen cabinets and/or bathroom vanity cabinets in conformance with the American National Standard ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2012, Performance and Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/KCMA Testing


ANSI designs tests specifically for KCMA certification. Tests are performed by approved third-party independent laboratories. Samples for testing are selected in an unannounced visit to the manufacturing plant.

Five Tests Measure Kitchen Cabinet Structural Integrity

Two Cabinet Drawer Tests

Two Door Operation Tests Measure Durability

Four Cabinet Finish Tests

These tests create, in accelerated form, the cumulative effects of years of normal kitchen conditions of pre-finished cabinets. Cabinet finishes are inspected to ensure that stringent standards of appearance are also met.

Kitchens by Concept cabinets have passed the above ANSI/KCMA (American National Standards Institute/Kitchen and Bath Manufacturers Association) A161.1 performance and construction tests for kitchen and vanity cabinets. The tests listed above are performed by approved third-party independent laboratories. KCMA sponsors the nationally recognized voluntary testing and certification program for cabinets, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/KCMA A161.1, Performance & Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets. The program is referenced by U.S. government agencies, architects, builders, remodelers and other specifiers. Cabinets that comply and bear the KCMA certification seal are recognized in the marketplace as a quality product able to perform after a rigorous battery of tests simulating years of typical household use.

Carb 2 Compliant – Protecting Indoor Air Quality

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In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, voted to implement new limits for formaldehyde emitted from composite wood panels. The first phase, known as CARB Phase 1, was implemented in January 1, 2009. The final phase will be in place by 2012, the regulation will establish the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels. California’s environmental protection regulations are among the most stringent and rapidly evolving in the nation.

The California regulation governs the formaldehyde in both raw composite wood panels and finished products sold or used in California. Both imported and domestic products are regulated, and must be third-party certified and clearly labeled to indicate they meet California’s requirements. The new requirements set upper limits on formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products sold in California or used to make finished goods offered for sale in California. The first phase of the regulation, known as CARB Phase 1, took effect on January 1, 2009. All Kitchens by Concept Cabinetry products are 100% compliant with CARB Phase 1 and CARB Phase 2 defined guidelines of composite wood products.