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RVIA Sets Effective Date for CARB Requirement

The RVIA Board of Directors set an effective date at its June 12 meeting in Washington, D.C. for member manufacturers to begin using wood products that meet the California Air Resource Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission levels.

As a condition of association membership, RV manufacturers must build their units for sale in all 50 states using CARB compliant wood by January 1, 2009 and CARB certified wood by July 1, 2010.

Compliant wood meets CARB’s emission levels while Certified Wood not only meets these levels but also adheres to CARB’s certification requirements as documented by a CARB approved third party agency.

RVIA will require that all RVs contain CARB emission level compliant wood eighteen months before CARB requires certified wood in RVs in California.

The first phase of the CARB wood products standard stipulates that hardwood plywood-veneer core meet an emission level of .08 parts per million, particleboard a level of 0.18 ppm and medium density fiberboard and thin medium density fiberboard meet 0.21 ppm by July 1, 2010.  Beginning that date, all new RVs offered for sale in California must contain only applicable CARB-certified wood products. RVIA is pro-actively expanding that requirement to include RVs sold anywhere in the country.

RVIA had moved to adopt the CARB formaldehyde emission level requirements at its March meeting with the effective date to be set in June during Committee Week.

CARB staff, in conjunction with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) and the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA), is hosting a web-based conference (webinar) on June 23, 2008 ( 10:30-12:30 PDT). During the webinar, CARB will give an update on its testing capabilities, report on the progress of the third party certification program, and clarify concerns related to the new standard.

For more information on the webinar agenda and to register for the webinar, go to:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/workshops.htm.

In other actions during their meeting at Committee Week, the RVIA Board approved:

• Adjusting the Board of Directors categories from twelve to eleven Manufacturers and from three to four At-Large representatives while keeping Suppliers seats at six, effective October 1, 2009.

• Appointing Jerry Sell of Pilgrim International to assume the Board of Directors seat being vacated by Larry Hughes.

• Assembling an ad hoc committee of industry partners to develop and direct a consumer primary demand study.

• Exploring the feasibility of developing a reliable aggregate dealer inventory tracking system.

• Designating one of the four 2009-2010 Trouble Shooter Clinics as an “advanced” clinic available only to certified technicians.

• Accepting the FY2008 RV Market Expansion and Reinforcement Program proposed by Barton-Gilanelli & Associates, pending budget considerations. This consists of the RV Top of Mind Awareness Program, including national electronic and print media outreach, plus other initiatives such as an online RV blog, RV media luncheons, and spokesperson activity.

• Making funding available for fuel dispensing/distribution system leak test.

• Conducting the Board of Directors election electronically as soon as practical.

• Investigating the feasibility of producing the RVIA Membership Directory and Buyer’s Guide electronically.

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