Architecture Canada adopts sustainability initiative called the 2030 Challenge


The demand for energy and supplies for Canada’s buildings have resulted in greenhouse gases that affect the environment. In an effort to address this issue, the 2030 Challenge was created.

Formed by the independent organization Architecture 2030, this initiative is provided globally to building experts and requires the implementation of activities that will greatly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of renovated and new Canadian buildings.

By creating a series of energy consumption goals and with the support of institutions and businesses to help carry out the attainment of those goals, the 2030 Challenge will provide each building owner the opportunity to help manage the challenges that buildings place on the environment.

The 2030 Challenge process will be done incrementally by reducing fossil fuel usage in buildings by 60% in 2010, 70% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% in 2025 and 100% in 2030. Within two decades, those cities that managed to meet this challenge will not be utilizing coal, natural gas or oil in the development of new buildings.

Plasti-Fab firmly supports the sustainability initiative, manufacturing many products that help achieve energy efficiency, increased R-values, and bring other values that support the challenge. Learn more about the various product lines and how they work individually as well as together to help meet the 2030 Challenge.

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The 2030 Challenge: An initiative for “zero net energy” buildings


Buildings use up a great amount of energy in the U.S. and because of this issue the “2030 Challenge” was created.

Conceptualized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the campaign’s main objective is to have “zero net energy” buildings by the year 2030. Within two decades, those cities that managed to meet this challenge will not be utilizing coal, natural gas or oil in the development of new buildings.

Action items for the implementation of this initiative would require all newly constructed city buildings be designed to consume a maximum of one half of the average fossil fuel usage for the building category, and that renovated buildings should have the same 50% fossil fuel usage rate as new buildings. All other municipal construction should apply green building practices to the best efforts possible.

With energy usage projected to grow by 37% and greenhouse gas emissions by 36% in the U.S., the 2030 Challenge serves as a good opportunity to promote the use of clean energy instead of burning fossil fuels notably in buildings for a much sustainable environment.

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USGBC hosts two sustainability events

The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, a community of green experts, enthusiasts and students, have produced two events which aim to benefit sustainability.

The first is “LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies”. Held last March 6, the course was directed at describing the LEED rating system and its overall certification procedures. As far as achieving LEED certification goes, Insulspan has assisted both builders and architects and this has helped them with their respective building projects.

Second event is “Energy Modeling and the Whole Building Approach to Energy Efficiency”. Scheduled for March 12, the event will tackle topics regarding the whole building approach to energy efficiency.

Composed of a panel of professionals interested in energy modeling such as building code officials, engineers, architects and property managers, the event will also cover the inclusion of performance-based energy requirements as an integral part of the building code. This can influence a change in the market for buildings that are of high-performance and energy efficient.

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Insulspan SIPS used in Active House USA 2012


There is a new approach to building sustainable homes; one that is both innovative and good for the environment.

Active House USA is the first of its kind in North America that meets the Active House standard. Developed by Active House Alliance, the specifications require energy reduction and the use of energy coming from renewable sources. This approach targets three main areas: indoor air quality, energy consumption and production and selecting locally provided and reliable materials.

Complying with the Active House blueprint not only benefits the environment but also aims to improve the condition and comfort of homes for homeowners. The specification has been built for certification in four North American, sustainable building standards: Energy Star, EPA Indoor, Building America Builder’s Challenge and ANSI ICC-700.

Insulspan’s Structural Insulating Panels has been used in the construction for the walls and roof of an Active House because of its superior energy efficiency and improved air quality that satisfies the Active House standard.

As the Active House movement continues to grow, so will the benefits it can provide to the environment.

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