Product Review

Armstrong Takes Formaldehyde-Free Cabinets Mainstream

January 27, 2011

EBN June 2005), so it has been a long wait for an affordable, widely available line of cabinetry built with formaldehyde-free plywood. With Armstrong’s rollout of its Origins formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets, the wait is over.

According to Armstrong, the Origins line, using PureBond plywood from Columbia Forest Products, meets LEED requirements with no added urea-formaldehyde (UF), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 requirements for very low formaldehyde concentrations. Armstrong spokeswoman Michele Zelman said Origins cabinets are available nationally and, given the wide variation in cabinet prices based on type and style, are relatively cost-competitive. Zelman said Origins cabinets cost about 20% more on average than typical particleboard cabinets, and about 15% more than Armstrong’s Genuine Allwood line (also made of plywood).