• Local and Renewable Resource. At
least 85 percent of total annual wood fiber
used must be sourced within 250 miles
(402 km) of the manufacturing plant.
• Recycled/Recovered. A minimum of
75 percent recycled or recovered fiber; OR at
least 50 percent recycled or recovered fiber
must be used AND a minimum of 5 percent
post-consumer fiber. Percentages shall be
calculated on a weight basis as measured in
bone dry tons (bdt).
• Sustainability. The plant must document that greater than 97 percent fiber furnish brought on-site to manufacture panels
is either converted into panels or other non-waste products.
• Wood Sourcing. The plant must hold
a valid assessment and certificate from
a certifying agency recognized by CPA
such as the Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC—Controlled Wood Standard or Chain
of Custody Standard) or the Sustainable
Forestry Initiative (SFI—Fiber Sourcing
More details are available at www.ecc
products.org. You’ll find lists of ECC-certified
companies, information for both panel produc-
ers and providers of finished products, down-
loadable PDFs about the certification program,
About the Composite Panel Association
CPA is a third-party certification agency accred-
ited to ISO/IEC Guide 65 by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI). Its Inter-
national Testing and Certification Center (I TCC) is
accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory
Accreditation Program (NVLAP), and field
inspectors audit under ISO/IEC 17020 guidelines.
CPA was the first organization in the world to be
approved by the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) as a Third-Party Certifier.
The ECC Certification Program is also
predicated on regular, ongoing third-party
audits of client manufacturing plants and
facilities. All of CPA’s certification programs
are accredited by the American National
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Standards Institute (ANSI), which documents
CPA as an independent third-party certification agency.
ECC-labeled composite wood products can
also contribute toward LEED credits for recycled content, regional materials, certified
wood, and low-emitting materials.
ECC certification provides an audited chain
of custody and ECC-certified logo and/or
other identifying mark that denotes sustainable, environmentally conscious composite wood products produced by North
American manufacturers who value the
stewardship of natural resources, quality,
Chad Campbell is director of communications
for the Composite Panel Association (CPA),
which represents the North American composite panel industry on technical standards,
industry regulation, and product acceptance. For more information, visit www.