Top Sustainability Trends for 2018

We are now in the second month of 2018, but it is never too late to discuss what is trending as far as sustainability is concerned.

The concept of sustainability has managed to enter the awareness of society as a whole; from corporations and schools, from factories to the general public, this idea has now taken the attention across states and countries.

And while theory is one thing, actually implementing these principles is another. According to an article posted by the Sustainability Academy, there are ten sustainability trends to watch out for in 2018. Among these developments include:

Technology

Technology plays a big part in the advancement of sustainability. We hear of smart devices at home and cars driving in autopilot. In the midst of all these progress, how big of a factor does sustainability come into the picture?

Although not all tech facilities will be active jumping on sustainability, a good number would still contribute to the green movement.

Company contributions

Corporations have, without a doubt, started working on their own sustainability initiatives, for the simple fact that the benefits are felt; adding dependability for consumers to take notice.

The steady growth of more companies committing to sustainability would be felt in the coming years, not just on the local scene but on a more global scale.

Conflict of preferences

Any change that affects the growing majority, in reality will result in a significant “cultural divide” between those who in the green movement as opposed to those used in the status quo. As stated in the article:

“… expect a divide between those who do and those who don’t: do recycle, don’t eat meat; don’t stave off vampire electrics, do use plastic bags; don’t drive big cars, do carpool. Reduce/reuse from the Thrift Store or shop new at the Box Store? Fortunately, retailers will offer more sustainable products to attract both.“ (https://www.sustainability-academy.org/top-10-sustainability-trends-for-2018/)

Continued support for trends in sustainability

Sharing the same belief on the importance of Sustainable Buildings, companies like PFB Corporation remain committed in performing operations that affect social and environmental concerns. Environmental conservation has always been their top priority as reflected in their practices, products and processes.

PFB’s focus for the past several years has been to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by using fossil fuels more efficiently. Additionally, PFB has an initiative underway to substitute raw material inputs with materials that contains less VOC expanding agent. Since 2008, PFB has increased its usage of low VOC raw materials to 80% in 2014. This has resulted in an average annual VOC emissions reduction of over 100 tonnes.

With more and more online resources providing related content, building awareness on energy efficiency for buildings would increase significantly and benefit everyone in the long term.

Are you interested in learning more about sustainability? Check out http://www.pfbsustainability.com for some good insights on what some companies are doing to stay on board the sustainable path.

www.pfbcorp.com | www.Plastifab.com | www.advantageicf.com

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The Importance and Impact of Energy Efficient Buildings

active-houseEnergy Efficiency for Buildings
Nowadays when we discuss Energy Efficiency in Sustainability, we often hear discussions and suggestions on how to reduce the consumption of energy such as switching off the light when not in use, etc. And while this is all well and good, to be truly be effective in energy conservation, what we should focus more on is on the usage; meaning how we efficiently use the energy that is available for use.

Impact of buildings to our environment

According to a report from the International Energy Agency: “… space heating and cooling together with water heating are estimated to account for nearly 60% of global energy consumption in buildings. They therefore represent the largest opportunity to reduce buildings energy consumption, improve energy security and reduce CO2 emissions, particularly due to the fact that space and water heating provision in some countries is dominate by fossil fuels.”

With buildings accounting for nearly 60% of energy usage, it becomes important to make conscientious use of energy. By applying energy efficient methods in constructing buildings, not only is energy saved, but the overall costs will be reduced as well.

Efficiency Tips for Builders

As a good example of smart Energy efficiency for Buildings, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance website (http://energyefficiency.org) is a good resource for a number of Efficiency Tips to help in the design and construction of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings with the imperatives of energy efficiency in mind.

Some of the tips being mentioned include:

1. Considering companies committed to lessen fossil fuel energy linked with CO2 emissions when designing and constructing buildings.
2. Applying LEED certification for builders in order to satisfy green building standards and support energy efficiency.
3. Leveraging Green Tools that performs environmental evaluation, aims to meet green standards and does emergency management assessment.

In support of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

activehouse01Sharing the same belief on the importance of Sustainable Buildings, companies like PFB Corporation remain committed in performing operations that affect social and environmental concerns. Environmental conservation has always been their top priority as reflected in their practices, products and processes.

PFB’s focus for the past several years has been to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by using fossil fuels more efficiently. Additionally, PFB has an initiative underway to substitute raw material inputs with materials that contains less VOC expanding agent. Since 2008, PFB has increased its usage of low VOC raw materials to 80% in 2014. This has resulted in an average annual VOC emissions reduction of over 100 tonnes.

With more and more online resources providing related content, building awareness on energy efficiency for buildings would increase significantly and benefit everyone in the long term.

Are you interested in learning more about sustainability? Check out http://www.pfbsustainability.com for some good insights on what some companies are doing to stay on board the sustainable path.

2018: A Clean Slate for Green

Green Watercolor Human Hands2018 has arrived! A whole new year tends to mean a whole new beginning. We get to wipe away 2017, and start fresh with our goals and resolutions.

What are your Green Goals for this year? We polled some of our employees and they have some great goals and suggestions for living more green in 2018. Ranging from the simplest solution to begin recycling, to a full on water re purposing system, our participants shed some great light on ideas for how to live green in the coming year.

Here are just a few ideas from our employees on greening up your year!

  1. Air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. Not only does it save you money on energy, but the clothes will last longer too.
  2. Drive less- instead walk, bike, take public transit, car pool, etc.
  3. Plant a garden and go organic.
  4. Host a green potluck in the summer months where each person brings in a dish made with food from their gardens.
  5. Select an organization and contribute to the organization through work. (For example, have the local boy scout troop collect and recycle your paper)
  6.  Go wild at work. If you have an open or unused outdoor space near your work, encourage colleagues to create a wild space there. Native plants might factor into your plan.
  7. Adjust your electronics. Set them on a timer or a schedule to be off when you are not home (lights, heat. etc) The same goes for the office – set up systems to ensure lights, heat and other electronics are off or in sleep mode while not in use.
  8. Use water to your advantage – develop a system that recycles and stores rainwater to be used in your home or work. Rain collection systems can be made from something as simple as rain barrels at the downspouts, to a more extensive system.
  9. Reusable water bottles for all employees to reduce on the waste in the office.

So again, I ask, What are your Green Goals for this year? Going green in your daily life can be as simple as recycling the water bottle or as intensive as electric cars and more.

At PFB, we believe in a sustainable future, and work daily to maintain our sustainable initiative. Join us in our daily efforts to be greener and cleaner!

www.pfbcorp.com | www.pfbsustainability.com | www.Plastifab.com | www.advantageicf.com

Sustainable Products to be Showcased at this year’s Construct Canada in Toronto

It’s time again for the annual Construct Canada show in Toronto, Ontario. Visitors are able to see, touch and experience new sustainable technologies and products throughout the three day show. Plasti-Fab will be showcasing just a few of their many products this year that help with not just energy efficiency, but sustainable living and construction.

What is Construct Canada? The Buildings Show is the leader in sourcing, networking and education in Canada for the design, architecture, construction and real estate communities, creating the largest exposition for the entire industry.

More than 30,500 trade professionals attend the Show annually to discover new innovations across the building industry and source the latest materials, products, tools and technologies from more than 1,600 Canadian, US and international exhibits. Through the Show’s comprehensive seminar program, attendees can choose from 350+ seminars, keynotes, summits and roundtables led by a roster of 500+ industry experts.

Don’t miss a minute of the show and be sure to visit Plasti-Fab in booth #1026 to check out some of the showcased product lines below:

The Advantage ICF System®
Insulating Concrete Forming System for Above and Below grade applications. The Advantage ICF System is a patented insulating concrete forming system consisting of two layers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation connected with a web molded into the EPS insulation.

EnerGreen® Insulation
EnerGreen® insulation Board is a moulded expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation with a thin film laminated to the top and bottom surfaces. Features/Benefits: • Durable product less susceptible to handling damage • Easy to cut and install • Meets CAN-ULC S701, Types I, 2, and 3 • Meets International Residential Code requirements • For Retrofit and New Construction Continuous Insulation for: • Concrete Slab • Radiant Floor Heating Systems • Interior or Exterior Foundation Wall • Cathedral Ceilings & Roofs

EnerSpan® Insulation
EnerSpan® insulation is a rigid, closed cell, silver-gray insulation that meets or exceeds requirements for expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation manufactured to CAN/ULC-S701, Standard for Thermal Insulation, Polystyrene, Boards and Pipe Covering. EnerSpan insulation is manufactured using Neopor® F5300 GPS Plus, a graphite-enhanced expandable polystyrene (GPS) raw material provided by BASF. The graphite within the silver-gray cellular structure of EnerSpan insulation reduces radiation heat transfer and results in an enhanced thermal resistance compared to standard white EPS insulation manufactured to CAN/ULC-S701. EnerSpan Insulation applications: • Continuous exterior insulating sheathing • Interior or exterior foundation Insulation • Above or below concrete slab insulation Benefits: • R4.7/in. • No Thermal Drift • 100% R-value Warranty • Easy to cut, saw or score 2×8 ft, 4×8 ft 2 ft high bundles Plus special order sizes Thickness to meet job

GeoSpan® Compressible Fill
GeoSpan compressible fill material is an expanded polystyrene product designed to act as a compressible medium between swelling soils and structural elements. Where long-term soil movement can be predicted, GeoSpan compressible fill material can be designed to reduce the forces that would be induced on structures by soil movement, thus reducing the likelihood of damage to the structure above.

Radon Guard™ Insulation
Radon Guard™ insulation is a patent-pending sub-slab depressurization panel. Radon Guard allows for soil gas removal, insulates the concrete slab and provides a capillary break between the ground and the air barrier system.

Don’t forget to stop in and see us! BOOTH #1026 – See you there!

Radon Guard™ Insulation – The Key Component in a Radon Gas Mitigation System

November is Radon Awareness month in Canada.  Radon is one of the most significant environmental health risks today, responsible for an estimated 3,200 deaths every year in Canada. Recent estimates published by the Radiation Protection Bureau of Health Canada show that 16% of lung cancer deaths are attributable to indoor radon exposure. The use of Radon Guard™ Insulation in a Radon mitigation system is one step towards a healthier home.

Learn more about how to keep your home safe from Radon gas using Plasti-Fab’s Radon Guard™ Insulation.

Surprising Environmental Benefits of Plastics

As a manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene (a form of foam plastic) we are always interested in the news surrounding sustainability of our products and the associated industry news. Recently, a new video released from Plastics Make it Possible® talks to everyday consumers about some of the surprising environmental benefits of plastics. Please take a moment to watch spokesperson Albert Lawrence as he takes to the streets of Los Angeles to ask people about the environmental impacts of various materials, food waste, recycling and more.

For more about How Everyday Plastics Reduce Our Environmental Footprint visit the Plastics Make it Possible web site:
https://www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/plastics-at-home/everyday-plastics-reduce-environmental-footprint/

And for more on PFB Sustainability and the environmental impact of our operations, visit http://www.pfbsustainability.com/

Defining Sustainability in your Brand

With the surge of the importance of sustainability not just in our products, but also in the way we produce those products, it is easy for companies to claim sustainability. Certain products are easily identified as sustainable (think electric cars and stainless steel water bottles). However, our culture has increased the accountability of companies claiming to be sustainable, especially when you create a product that might not be immediately associated with a green, clean sustainable future. (Let’s face it, we all can’t make clothing from a straw bale, or shoes from old tires) But as a society, we want proof.

It’s no longer just about the products you make, or the way in which you make them. Now, sustainability is about who are as an organization and the belief and support system that illustrates to everyone you live and breathe sustainability as a culture. At PFB, our bottom line is underscored with the belief that we make sustainable products in the most sustainable way possible, by people who believe in making the most sustainable difference. Now we can easily sit behind a desk and write all sorts of press about our sustainability, but the proof is in the pudding so to speak. This is where the Global Reporting Initiative comes in to play. Every year we supply this organization with our sustainability numbers in our operations, and publicly post them to our website for all to see. Now you have a baseline to build from. Once you have the foundation of sustainability in your products and practices, turn your attention to people.

Who represents your brand? Your people do. So if you want sustainability associated with the definition of who you are as an organization, you start with the people. You may be surprised at the ideas percolating within your organization for ways to turn even the smallest every day activity into a sustainable action. Not only will you empower your employees to take initiatives and make a difference, but you create sustainability ambassadors, the same people who represent your brand, are an extension of your sustainability practices. When everyone is working towards a goal for change, when you have buy-in and support from those on the ground floor all the way to the top, it creates the culture of your brand. You now have living breathing messaging that your brand values the future and how your company impacts it.

A few years ago, PFB featured a sustainability initiative contest among all of its North American locations, imploring its people to think outside the box, and generate sustainability ideas that could be implemented within the organization. It was a hit. The participation was like no other contest before it. Why? Because the concept touched every single person regardless of whether they worked on the manufacturing floor or sales, human resources, and more. Sustainability touches every single one of us. When a corporation understands and listens to the ideas of all involved in the process, it broadens the scope of possibilities for change and enhances the belief in the brand.

People want to make a difference, and by implementing sustainability initiatives within your organization it helps show them they make an impact. I encourage you, no I CHALLENGE you to try it. Call out to the people who make your brand what it is. You will be surprised how innovative and creative your organization can be when you put your faith in the people who don’t just make your products, but make your brand, and therefore make a difference.

Want to see our sustainability reporting? Take a look today at http://www.pfbsustainability.com/envdata.html