15-0713 v3.X Formaldehyde in Wood Doors

Question:

We are requesting an exception to Red List Requirements for formaldehyde used in wood doors. There is not a product that exists that is both Red List Free AND FSC Certified. In efforts to comply with the Red List imperative, we have redesigned and removed most of the wood doors in the project. However, there are 10 locations where wood is the preferred product. Here is a summary of our research:Why the product in question cannot be designed out of the project: Wood doors have been used to provide a frameless design solution which enable them to be hidden within the surrounding architecture thus maintaining a sleek design aesthetic. This design intent is important for several key areas of our project including the 1st floor lobby, the 6th floor main reception and customer services areas and the 11th floor sky box. These are high-end client facing areas which support a greater level of detail than the typical office. We are not able to find wood doors that exist today in the market place that meet the LBC requirements of FSC COC wood and Red List Free, meaning no added formaldehyde. We can find products that meet one or the other of these two requirements but not both. We have looked into salvaging doors from other projects but the wood doors for this project are unique in size and contain overhead (garage style) doors that we cannot find salvaged. In an effort to meet the LBC requirements for Red List Free from an overall standpoint we have replaced 54 wood doors with hollow metal doors reducing the total number of wood doors to 10.What type of formaldehyde is contained in the product and how is it used: The Eggers doors contain .00016 of added formaldehyde in the adhesive of the door core. Attached are the declarations of each wood door product. Note that the wood doors are FSC Certified.Rationale that this product to be preferable from an environmental standpoint: From an environmental standpoint responsibly sourced wood (FSC) is a renewable, a natural beautiful material, and very durable. The production and processing of wood uses much less energy than most other building materials, giving wood products a significantly lower carbon footprint. Responsibly, well-managed forests (as recognized by FSC) will regrow to provide a wide range of other benefits such as further carbon storage, oxygen generation and forest habitat. If our team were able to find a product that met both the Responsible Sourcing and Red List Free Imperative, we would use that product but at this time no such product seems to exist in the market today.

Answer:

Based on current market constraints and overall environmental considerations, small amounts of added formaldehyde will now be allowed in flush wood doors. 

The following text will be added to I10-E11 Composite Wood Sheet Goods (LBC 3.0) and I11-E11 Composite Wood Sheet Goods (LBC 2.0/2.1): 

Flush wood doors may contain no more than 2% added phenol or melamine formaldehyde.


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