One of the primary uses of MDF is high-quality furniture and cabinetry. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to pass the toughest, most comprehensive product standards in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels. The CARB regulations Phase II limits for thin MDF became effective on January 1, 2012, which limits emissions to no more than 0.13 parts per million.
All Ranger Board and WestPine production meets or exceeds CARB Phase 2 standards. WestPine also meets CARB NAF standards WestPine ECO Gold.
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is recognized globally for integrity, scientific rigour and true independence. It provides material content certification assessment services to manufacturers offering products made from recycled or biodegradable materials.
The SCS Environmental Claims Certification Program is the leading scientific program for independently certifying environmental claims for manufactured goods and materials. All claims are certified per U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims and ISO- 14021 standards.
Both MDF operations carry SCS Recycled Content certification.
MDF Life Cycle Assessment
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a performance-based approach to assessing the impacts building material choices have on the environment. Access cradle-to-grave life cycle analysis for Canadian-produced MDF from the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute.
All of the Company’s Canadian woodlands operations directly managed by West Fraser are independently certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) fiber sourcing and forest management standards. SFI is an internationally-recognized sustainable forest management certification program.
PEFC Chain of Custody
In 2006, West Fraser introduced the PEFC Chain of Custody system. It demonstrates to customers that the fibre in our Canadian operations supply chain comes from sources that comply with applicable laws, regulations, and sustainable resource standards. The standard also demonstrates that we avoid sourcing fibre from controversial sources.
FSC Chain-of-Custody and Controlled Wood
WestPine MDF and Ranger Board are also registered to the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC ®) Multi-Site Chain of Custody Certification (KF-COC-001045), as well as the Standard for Company Evaluation of FSC Controlled Wood (KF-CW-001045). The Multi-Site Chain of Custody supports the dtermination that fibre for WestPine MDF or Ranger Board is not from one of the below noted controversial sources.
FSC's National Risk Assessments assess risks associated with undesirable forestry activities on non-FSC certified lands, including illegal harvest, forest management that violates workers or Indigenous Peoples’ rights or threatens High Conservation Values, conversion of forest to non-forest uses, and use of genetically-modified trees. In the Canadian National Risk Assessment, the primary risks identified are related to Indigenous Peoples’ rights, critical habitat for species at risk (including woodland caribou), and Intact Forest Landscapes. The FSC Canada National Risk Assessment identifies measures for how companies can mitigate these risks. The West Fraser FSC Controlled Wood Due Diligence System (DDS) Summary identifies the control measures selected by West Fraser to demonstrate low risk to these values.
Wood Sourcing Policy for WestPine MDF and Ranger Board
WestPine MDF and Ranger Board will, to the best of their ability, endeavor to avoid trading and sourcing wood and wood fibre from the following:
- Illegally harvested wood;
- Wood harvested in violation of traditional and civil rights;
- Wood harvested in forests where high conservation values are threatened by management activities;
- Wood harvested in forests being converted to plantations or non-forest use;
- Wood from forests in which genetically modified trees are planted; and
- Wood harvested in violation of any of the ILO Core Conventions, as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, 1998.
Fibre sources that can not be confirmed to be controlled wood will be excluded from the fibre supply chains of WestPine MDF and Ranger Board.
FSC Controlled Wood
WestPine MDF produces a ‘FSC Controlled Wood’ product group comprised entirely of medium density fibreboard (MDF). The FSC Product Type will be W8.3.2 ‘medium density fibreboard’. The wood fibre input material category will be 100% virgin controlled material comprised of the following species:
- Lodgepole Pine – Pinus contorta var. latifolia
- White Spruce and hybrids – Picea glauca
- Engelmann Spruce and hybrids – Picea engelmannii
- Subalpine Fir - Abies lasiocarpa
- Interior Douglas Fir – Pseudotsuga menziesii
Ranger Board produces a ‘FSC Controlled Wood’ product group comprised entirely of medium density fibreboard (MDF). The FSC Product Type will be W8.3.2 ‘medium density fibreboard’. The wood fibre input material category will be a mix of FSC Controlled Wood and virgin controlled material comprised of the following species:
- Lodgepole Pine – Pinus contorta var. latifolia
- White Spruce – Picea glauca
- Black Spruce – Picea mariana
- Balsam Fir – Abies balsamea