13 July 2006
Select sustainable materials and finishes to achieve a balance between occupant
convenience and satisfaction, appearance, durability, maintenance cost, and life cycle
Carpet may be installed in all living areas except kitchens, baths, laundry areas, utility
areas, storage rooms, entryways, patios, porches, and areas exposed to weather
elements. Install Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) "IAQ" labeled carpet, pad, and
adhesives, and underlayment that complies with flooring manufacturer's
recommendations (foreign locations may adhere to local carpet standards and
Cathedral or vaulted ceilings are encouraged to improve the visual quality of living
spaces. For new construction, minimum ceiling height should be 2.4 m (8 ft), except
where minor drops occur for structural or utility soffit requirements.
Cabinets and Countertops.
Cabinet boxes should be minimum 12.7 mm (1/2 in) hardwood plywood. Cabinet backs
and drawer bottoms should be minimum 6.4 mm (1/4 in) hardwood plywood. Shelving
should be 15.8 mm (5/8 in) hardwood plywood matching front edge banding. Hanging
or mounting rails, and toe kicks, should be a 19 mm (3/4 in) hardwood. Cabinet frames,
doors and drawer fronts should be 19 mm (3/4 in) hardwood. Drawer boxes should be
15.8 mm (5/8 in) hardwood plywood, with dovetail or box joints, mounted on full
extension guides, rated for minimum 34 kg (75 lbs). Provide adjustable, cup type,
hinges having a minimum 105-degree swing. Cabinets and countertop underlayment
must comply with ANSI A208.2 or ANSI/HPVA HP-1 standards for low formaldehyde
emissions. Sustainable alternative materials should be considered where they provide
comparable strength, quality and durability.
OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS
Each family dwelling unit should have an adjoining private or semi-private outdoor
space, partially or completely surrounded by privacy screening, unless space is
considered impracticable because of density or location.