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Is there a significant difference between kitchen cabinets with no added formaldehyde and those that meet ANSI/HPVA HP-1 and CARB standards?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 16, 2013 01:11 AM
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I wanted to get kitchen cabinets with no added formaldehyde, but there aren't any available in my city (Ithaca, NY). I would have to go out of town to get Executive or Crystal cabinets, for example, and the sellers also would want to do the design and/or installation. I plan to do my own design, and I have a contractor I want to use. Dura Supreme cabinets are available here, and the company says they meet ANSI/HPVA HP-1 and CARB standards. They also say, "Our catalyzed conversion varnish sealers and topcoats are formulated to be extremely low in HAPs and formaldehyde. We conform to stringent emissions standards for VOCs." Would the Dura Supreme cabinets be a serious compromise? I and two of my cats have asthma, and I'm sensitive to chemicals.




 

 

I wanted to get kitchen cabinets with no added formaldehyde, but there aren't any available in my city (Ithaca, NY). I would have to go out of town to get Executive or Crystal cabinets, for example, and the sellers also would want to do the design and/or installation. I plan to do my own design, and I have a contractor I want to use. Dura Supreme cabinets are available here, and the company says they meet ANSI/HPVA HP-1 and CARB standards. They also say, "Our catalyzed conversion varnish sealers and topcoats are formulated to be extremely low in HAPs and formaldehyde. We conform to stringent emissions standards for VOCs." Would the Dura Supreme cabinets be a serious compromise? I and two of my cats have asthma, and I'm sensitive to chemicals.

Dear Kat,

For background on the CARB standards, please see my answer to a similar question here.

While I am not familiar with the cabinet brands you are asking about, I...


 

 

 
 
 

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