Masonite Announces Wheat Straw Solid Core Doors

Written by Andrew Morrison

Masonite straw doorsThis is pretty cool: new interior doors made from wheat straw. And they’re solid core! With other straw products on the market for some time now, I’m happy to see that some of the larger, more mainstream companies are picking up the ball. I hope they run with it and run the right way. The new doors were officially announced on Masonite’s website in February.

Masonite has released two wheat straw door lines: Safe ‘N Sound and Safe ‘N Sound Emerald. The Emerald door is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and helps owners attain other certifications such as those considered under the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and the NAHB Green Home Building Guidelines. It is built without any added urea-formaldehyde.

The standard Safe ‘N Sound door is less impressive with it’s Green attributes, but does at least have some merits in it’s use of a wheat straw base called DoorCor, as well as the use of post-industrial recycled materials, and low formaldehyde emissions.

There is not any information, in terms of pictures and pricing, on the website yet about these doors. Because the announcement is still very young, I imagine the flow of these doors into retailers may be slow at first. I hope that the price is right on these doors, making them a good option for lots of people. Increased demand of such items will ultimately increase their production.

How many of you remember when CD players first came out? They were expensive and pretty basic. Now look at what most CD players cost. In fact, the market is moving through and away from CD players as “something better” has come along. The point is, it was the demand for CD players that expanded the industry and ultimately created a new one. This is how I think the green movement needs to expand.

I’m hopeful that this product catches on and continues to advance the improvements of Green and healthy home construction for the masses, not just for those of us who are willing to look a little harder to find “the right stuff” to build with.

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4 Responses

  1. My buddy Woj used to sell a line of speakers made of strawboard and of reclaimed wood. He figures the sound properties and density were pretty ideal, but it got expensive and hard to source. Zero VOC was a big selling point for him as working with MDF is none too healthy.

    The subwoofer he built me is strawboard and my speakers are salvaged driftwood -you can see mineral deposits in the old growth fir, very likely logged in the Queen Charlottes 40 years ago and washed up near Gibsons. They sound great and look spectacular!

  2. Superior Windows & Doors has made the Masonite Safe n Sound doors our “standard” solid core door for the past 2 years.

    Not only do they contain no-added-formaldehyde cores….but they are just a hair less expensive than the old particle board doors. A win win for everyone!

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