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Certified. Sustainable. Eco-Certified Composites are Among the Greenest on Earth. What are Eco-Certified Composites? ECC stands for Eco-Certified™ Composite, as defined in the stringent ECC Sustainability Standard and Certification Program for composite panel products – specifically particleboard, MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim. What makes a composite panel Eco-Certified? Composite panels that carry the ECC mark are manufactured in facilities that are certified to meet the stringent requirements of the ECC Sustainability Standard. ECC panel manufacturing facilities meet rigorous environmental requirements utilizing objective-based criteria and annual on-site audits. Each must ensure that its composite panels meet the stringent California Air Resources Boa rd (CARB) formaldehyde emissions regulations AND achieve at least three of the following requirements: • Demonstrate a Carbon Footprint Offset • Use Local Wood Fiber Resources • Use Recycled/Recovered Wood Fiber • Minimize Wood Waste in Manufacturing • Hold a Valid Wood Sourcing Assessment or Certificate In the future, ECC will incorporate EPA TSCA Title VI emission requirements into the program. What about LEED v4 Credit? • MATERIALS AND RESOURCE (MR) CREDIT: Building Product Disclosure Optimization – Environmental Product Declaration • MR CREDIT: Building Product Disclosure Optimization – Sourcing of Raw Materials Who sponsors ECC Certification? The Composite Panel Association (CPA) developed the ECC Sustainability Standard, including its pioneering Carbon Calculator. CPA administers the ECC Certification Program in North America as a third party certification agency accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). • MR CREDIT: Building Product Disclosure Optimization – Material Ingredients • MR CREDIT: Furniture and Medical Furnishings • INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (EQ) CREDIT: Low-emitting materials The Composite Panel Association is committed to advancing and certifying the sustainability of industry products for residential, commercial and industrial uses.