Respect for the environment underlines Uniboard®'s entire manufacturing process. Our environmental policy is based on the sustainable use of natural resources and was implemented with the health and well-being of our employees, customers and the community in mind.
At Uniboard, we are convinced that operating a profitable business and maintaining a responsible approach to resources are by no means contradictory aims but that they are actually mutually beneficial.
As one of the North America's leading producers of engineered wood, Uniboard is convinced that operating a profitable business and maintaining a responsible approach to resources are by no means contradictory aims, but that they are actually mutually beneficial. Uniboard therefore sees it as only logical to conserve energy and raw materials, to reduce emissions and to produce sustainable products that benefit the environment. At the same time, it reduces our operating expenses, reflects our customers' wishes, and is of course in line with relevant legislation and regulations.
Our environmental audit program helps us stay abreast of changing rules and regulations while identifying potential risks in our operations. Long before environmental concerns became mainstream, Uniboard was in the forefront by recycling post-industrial wood waste otherwise destined to be burnt or sent to land fill.
Today, we continue to ensure the proper use of wood fiber waste into value-added and environmental friendly products. Uniboard recuperates and reuses post-industrial and urban wood waste to reduce wood fiber consumption and land filling.
In partnership with our customers, Uniboard developed lighter products with outstanding physical properties that reduce our carbon footprint and help reduce CO2 emissions in production and transport. Concerning urea formaldehyde, Uniboard constantly strives to reduce emissions from its products and meet and exceed voluntary industry standards. In 2007, Uniboard became the Canadian leader when we launched NU Green Zero®, the first Canadian made NAUF (No Added Formaldehyde) particleboard. Since then we have continually added to the NU Green family of products in both particleboard, MDF and Thermally Fused Laminate solidifying our leadership position in Green Composite Wood Products. In 2015 we made a quantum leap in the Green arena by launching NU Green Soya®, the first bio-based particleboard in the world. All our NU Green® products meet CARB Phase 2 emissions standards, the most stringent environmental guidelines in North America. In fact, our NU Green portfolio goes above and beyond CARB2 standards as our NU Green products are also offered in NAF and ULEF options. NU Green products help builders achieve LEED®** certification, the most recognized program to promote ''Green'' buildings.
All Uniboard mills are ECC™ certified (Eco-Certified Composite by the Composite Panel Association (CPA)). In addition to meeting the emissions requirements imposed by Carb Phase 2, our Mont-Laurier, Val-d'Or and Sayabec mills have exceeded the assessment criteria for the carbon footprint, responsible wood sourcing, the sustainable use of wood fibers, and the use of recycled/recovered fibers and local resources.
Uniboard remains open to new production technologies even though wood is the most readily available biomass. Uniboard is pioneering the use of agri-based fibers, investigating the use of corn stalks, hops, and other renewable fibers. Furthermore, we are experimenting with ligni-culture, a process similar to farming whereby fast growing wood species are cultivated through advanced techniques that ensure a renewable fiber supply and carbon-sequestration in a controlled environment.
Uniboard employees are sensitive to environmental issues and are committed to protecting the environment through their daily activities. The company is committed to the communities we work in and has programs in place to keep the community informed of all initiatives undertaken to improve environmental protection and the quality of life.
At Uniboard, environmental stewardship is not just about the future - it's also about the present.
*CARB - California Air Resource Board
**LEED® - Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design®
Emphasis on sustainability
For us, environmental protection goes beyond a voluntary commitment and is one of the keystones supporting our corporate strategy. Placing emphasis on sustainability helps us as a modern company to control costs and reduce risks and it also makes a substantial contribution to our long-term competitiveness.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design®) certification program is a U.S. and Canadian system originally developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The Canadian version, instituted by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), was adapted for the country’s climate, building standards and regulation, in accordance with the principles of the U.S. LEED® program.
All Uniboard products can help you achieve points for LEED® certification.
For more information on the LEED® certification program, visit www.usgbc.org.
Our facilities are FSC certified for traceability and chain of custody by the Rainforest Alliance.
Our raw particleboard, medium density boards and TFL melamine are now available as FSC certified products (upon request). The NU Green collection of NAF and NAUF particle products are all automatically FSC certified which maximises the value of these products for our customers.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. It was created in 1993 by a representative group of organizations from 25 countries. Its mission is to promote the responsible management of forests. Its main concept is the chain of custody that follows the product from forest to consumer. To find out more about FSC certification, please visit www.fsc.org.
All the mills in Quebec have been certified by the Composite Panel Association (CPA) in compliance with regulation ATCM 93120 of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 emissions standards for the production of raw particleboard and medium density fiber (MDF).
Certification of all our production facilities represents a significant step in our efforts to ensure that all our North American operations are compliant with CARB Phase 2 standards. This certification sets us apart from our competitors and signals to our customers that they can continue to count on Uniboard to meet their needs.
CARB Phase 2 2012
<0.09 ppm PB
<0.13 ppm MDF & HDF
Uniboard, a leader in decorative composite panels, is pleased to announce that it has been approved as a manufacturer of Ultra Low Emission Formaldehyde (ULEF and NAF) particleboard by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Uniboard's use of ULEF and NAF resin in the production of its NU Green® products has earned the company an exemption from the requirements of section 93120.3(b) of the Airborne Toxic Control Measure to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products.
The CARB reserves ULEF categorization for products whose formaldehyde emissions are consistently below 0.04 ppm (CARB Phase 2 ULEF) and NU Green Soya is consistently below 0.01 ppm (NAF).
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The ECC™ certification (Eco-Certified Composite) is a voluntary standard developed by the Composite Panel Association (CPA). ECC is composed of five criteria. Since this certification is awarded to a specific manufacturing facility, each facility must meet the stringent requirements for emissions of CARB Phase 2 and comply with at least three out of five criteria established by the CPA. Uniboard's Mont-Laurier, Val-d'Or and Sayabec mills currently meet all five criteria: carbon footprint, local and renewable resource, recycled/recovered, sustainability and wood sourcing.
Click the link below to get more information on the ECC certification (English only).
Environmental Data Sheet
In 2016, we took initiative to solidify our leadership in Environmental responsability by developing environmental product declaration (EPD) and health product declaration (HPD) for our products. We are proud to make our environmental product information available to the public. These data sheets provide insight into the composition of our products. Our EPD describe the environmental impact in a standardized form. To be able to provide these detailed datasheets in accordance with the analysis criteria of life cycles and ISO 14025, we performed a systematic analysis of the life cycle of our products in collaboration with a third party specialist. We also have an health product declaration (HPD) for our Nu Green 2 product.
GREENGUARD GoldGREENGUARD Certification strives to protect human health and quality of life by establishing standards and certification programs to reduce exposure to chemicals and to improve indoor air quality. GREENGUARD standards are among the most stringent indoor air quality standards in the world, and they are based on available standards and guidelines from national and international public health agencies.
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