Energy savings, sustainability & style

Crystal Kitchen + Bath has a LEED Certification through Minnesota Green Path. It is our goal to build with products and techniques that save energy, are sustainable, and create a healthy home. Our designers will guide you through green product selections and work with you to attain any level of certification desired.

  1. Our sustainable remodeling materials include:
    • Recycles cardboard, plastic, glass, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and metals
    • Reuse salvage lumber if possible
    • Uses engineered lumber
    • Vents range hoods to outside
    • Uses Insulated electrical boxes
  2. These sustainable materials are available upon request:
    • Energy Star Appliances
    • Dimmers, timers or light sensors
    • Recycle products: appliances, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, sheetrock and concrete
    • Insulation: Formaldehyde-free, cellulose or spray foam, and Green Fiber Cocoon
    • Low VOC paints, adhesives, sealers, grouts and caulk
    • LED (Light Emitting Diode) or CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lighting)
    • Windows and doors: energy efficient with low-e glass
    • Natural Light: add solar tubes or skylights
    • Gray water from your sink or shower is used in the toilets
    • Toilets with water saving technology
    • Showerheads and faucets that conserve water
    • Paperless drywall to inhibit mold productions

Sustainable Cabinetry

Our manufacturer: Crystal Cabinet Works, are within 60 miles of the Twin Cities. They are certified in the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association. The ESP is designed as a framework for manufacturers to highlight sound environmental business practices concerning: product and process resource management, air quality, environmental management policies, systems and community relations.

Crystal’s green options are made with materials that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment and are a perfect option for the environmentally and health conscious consumer.

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ESP Certified

Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.’s cabinet manufacturing facilities have achieved certification under the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Crystal is proud to have been directly involved with the development of the program, which is designed as a framework for manufacturers to highlight sound environmental business practices concerning: product and process resource management, air quality, environmental management policies and systems, and community relations. For additional information, please contact Angela Bouma, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager at 800-347-5045 or

Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
Environmental Stewardship Program
All products impact the environment.
For ESP program criteria, visit

FSC® Chain of Custody Certification

Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. is chain of custody certified, Certificate RA-COC-006651, and may sell FSC® certified cabinetry in select wood species. Chain of custody certification tracks FSC® certified material from the forest to the consumer, allowing consumers to have confidence their wood comes from well-managed forests.

Green FAQ’s

Q: What makes Crystal’s custom cabinets “green”?

  • no-added urea formaldehyde boxwork
  • recycled materials
  • rapidly-renewable materials
  • Crystal’s custom cabinets can earn available points for many green building ratings systems, including LEED and the National Green Building Standard as well as local programs.

Q: Why would a customer want to buy “green”?
A: We recognize that different customers have different green priorities. There are a multitude of reasons that a consumer may wish to choose green products. Some are interested in healthier indoor air (low-emitting materials), while others are concerned with reduced environmental impact. Green building also can save money due to the efficient use of energy, water, and materials. It can be a lifestyle choice for others.

Q: Is there a difference between “green” and “healthy”?
A: Most of the time, these terms are used interchangeably but some people see slight differences. “Green” may refer to environmental sustainability like recycled content and resource conservation. “Healthy” can mean improving indoor air quality by selecting materials that eliminate or reduce contaminant sources and ensuring proper ventilation. By design, Crystal’s Green-Core plywood addresses both environmental and health issues.

Q: What is “urea formaldehyde”?
A: Urea formaldehyde is a type of resin that can off-gas formaldehyde when exposed to air. Although a very common chemical, formaldehyde is a suspect human carcinogen at high levels of exposure and can irritate eyes, nose, and throat or aggravate asthma at low levels. Keyline and Encore plywood cabinetry includes no added urea formaldehyde Green-Core boxwork materials, adhesives, and low-emitting available finishes that help reduce formaldehyde emissions and prevent indoor air contamination.

Q: What are “VOCs”?
A: VOCs are volatile organic compounds. In the outdoor environment, these chemicals can react with sunlight to form smog. They can also be emitted from some consumer products and building materials and contribute to indoor air pollution. Crystal’s NAUF Green-Core plywood materials has zero or negligible amounts of VOCs , are low-emitting, and therefore do not contribute to indoor air contamination.

Q: What does the term “rapidly-renewable” mean?
A: All plant and wood-based products are renewable resources. Typically, plant-based materials are considered rapidly-renewable if they are harvested on a ten-year cycle or less. Bamboo is a woody grass specie that meets this definition.

Q: What does LEED mean?
A: The acronym LEED refers to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a set of green building criteria established by the US Green Building Council for various types of construction projects. Under the LEED system, entire structures or projects become third-party certified, not single products. The available points for cabinetry are a small part of the overall points needed to certify the project. The point structure varies by LEED system and type of project.

Under LEED-2009, Crystal’s Keyline or Encore cabinetry can earn points for recycled content (particleboard and MDF), regional materials (if within 500 mile radius), rapid-renewability (bamboo), and low-emitting composite wood products (Green-Core).
Under LEED for Homes, Crystal’s Keyline or Encore cabinetry can earn points for recycled content (particleboard and MDF), and no-added urea formaldehyde resins (Green-Core). (Note: LEED-H does not allow points to be earned for cabinet finishes.)

Q: What about the packaging Crystal uses to protect its cabinets during shipping?
A: The corrugated cardboard used in our custom boxing machine is made with post-consumer recycled content. The corrugated media is 100% post-consumer recycled fiber and the liner board ranges from 13 – 30% post-consumer recycled fiber content. Crystal’s facilities recycle more than 100 tons per year of paper and cardboard so we are doing our part to close the recycling loop.

Green Core Cabinet boxwork by Crystal Cabinet Works

Earns all available points for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

(LEED) Programs

  • no-added urea-formaldehyde resins
  • renewable wood fiber box work of 100% recycled exterior-grade particleboard
  • Green-Core Plus is a plywood made with a patented soy-based resin
  • wood species certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
  • low-emitting water-based finishes (VOC)
  • recycle bi-products
  • rapidly-renewable door materials (Lyptus and Bamboo)

We Minimize Volatile Organic Compounds

VOC’s are substances that react with other air pollutants in the presence of sunlight to form smog. Crystal Cabinet Works has high standards and maintain low VOC’s in their paints, finishes, stains and adhesives. Choose prefinished cabinets to avoid toxic sealers in your home.

Sustainable Wood Species – Bamboo

Bamboo, a rapidly renewable plant-based product. It restores itself for use in just 5 years and requires less energy to harvest and produce than other lumber products. It can be used for cabinetry, flooring, fabric and window treatments.

Veneer Doors – Minimize Wood Usage!

By selecting a veneer door, you reduce the amount of wood required to manufacture your cabinetry, hence saving on our natural resources.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Replace old appliances with Energy Star products. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping citizens save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. See the list of Energy Star partners at Just some of the appliance manufacturers included on this list are: Bosch, Dacor, Fisher and Paykel, GE, SubZero, U-Line, Viking and Wolf. Keep in mind that “bigger” is not always better.

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