The National Kitchen & Bath Association has released a new statement on sustainability that conveys its position on sustainable design, building practices and materials, while outlining some steps the organization is taking to lead the industry in this area.
“The NKBA realizes the special importance that the kitchen and bath have in sustainable design, as each consumes more water and electricity and has a greater impact on health and safety than any other rooms in the home,” said 2008 NKBA president Sara Ann Busby, CKD. “…I’m very excited that the NKBA is leading the industry toward ecologically sound products and procedures.”
An excerpt of the statement follows:
“The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the largest association exclusively dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry. With eleven various industry segments, the NKBA’s greatest strength is the diversity of its members. The National Kitchen & Bath Association is thoroughly committed to sustainability and our responsibility to the global environment, and we actively encourage our members to contribute to the integration of green practices in the kitchen, bath and related industries.
The kitchen and bath are two rooms that consume much of the energy and water used in the home. The NKBA is committed to helping its members understand and learn the environmental impact that the creation and use of these rooms can have on energy, water, air quality, health, safety, and welfare in the home and the environment.
In addition, to realize a return on investment for practicing sustainability, the NKBA urges its members to look for shared values between business and environmental initiatives.
Understanding of Terms: Green is to be earth friendly. Sustainability, in the context of the environment, is to make use of processes and materials that can be maintained, reused, or recycled for an indefinite period in order to reduce and eliminate toxins while minimizing the negative impact on the environment. For a more extensive list of terms, see NKBA.org/Green.”
The National Kitchen & Bath Association promotes sustainability on a number of fronts, including internal practices, education, networking and partnerships, the statement says.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association with more than 40,000 members. For more information, contact www.nkba.org or call 800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).