« Return to BuildingGreen.com

Thermo Fisher Scientific Casework

Thermo Fisher Scientific wood laboratory furniture uses sustainably harvested wood; low-VOC adhesives; and chemically resistant, water-based finishes exclusively… Read more
(0 User Ratings)
Comments Add a Comment
  • Third-party forest certification based on standards developed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is the best way to ensure that wood products come from well-managed forests. Wood products must go through a chain-of-custody certification process to carry an FSC stamp.

    Manufactured wood products can meet the FSC certification requirements with less than 100% certified wood content through percentage-based claims (30% certified content is required if only virgin wood fiber is used; certified-wood content as low as 17.5% is allowable if the rest of the fiber content is from recycled sources).

    With a few special-case exceptions, FSC-based certification is a requirement for GreenSpec inclusion of any nonsalvaged solid-wood product and most other wood products. A few manufactured wood products, including engineered lumber and particleboard/MDF, can be included if they have other environmental advantages--such as absence of formaldehyde binders. Engineered wood products in GreenSpec do not qualify by virtue of their resource efficiency benefits alone (for more on this, see EBN, Vol. 8, No. 11).

  • Just how low the VOC level needs to be for a given product to qualify for inclusion in GreenSpec depends on the product category. For most products, we require certification to California’s health-based emissions standard, CDPH Std Method v1.1 standard (also referred to as California Section 01350), which tests a product’s resultant VOC concentrations in the space after a given period of time. For wet-applied products like paints, caulks, and adhesives, we still also look for VOC content instead of, or in addition to, verified low emissions; this is because emissions testing doesn’t adequately test initial offgassing, and VOC content is currently the only widely available proxy.

Brent Ehrlich
Products Editor

Thermo Fisher Scientific wood laboratory furniture uses sustainably harvested wood; low-VOC adhesives; and chemically resistant, water-based finishes exclusively. Thermo Fisher Scientific has FSC chain-of-custody certification.

You’ll probably be choosing cabinets and other casework based on aesthetics, durability, fit, and cost.

In addition to those considerations, make sure that casework doesn’t introduce harmful emissions into the space. Also look for lower-impact materials and manufacturing processes.

  • Casework must meet the same high bar that GreenSpec has established for furniture products: products must be low-emitting and exhibit multiple other environmental features, such as being made primarily from greener materials, ideally verified by certifications such as BIFMA’s level.

  • For specialty casework where certifications like BIFMA’s level may be less available, pay special attention to the materials used—and ensure that corresponding environmental and health issues have been addressed.

Metal cabinets, which typically have low emissions, may be a good choice for those with chemical sensitivities. However, because of the life-cycle costs associated with mining and production, we don’t generally consider metal cabinets a more environmentally preferable option.


LEED Credits

EQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives&Sealants

IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants

MRc6: Certified Wood

MRc7: Certified Wood

Ratings and Commentary

Add Comment

Welcome !