Insulation: A Closer Look at One of a Green Building’s Energy-Efficient Materials

A building’s capacity to manage and limit its increase in consuming energy determines its overall energy usage and cost savings. The materials being used are one of the biggest factors which determines its energy efficiency.

According to an article by Kathryn St. John of the website The Energy Collective, industry influencers are paying more attention to energy efficient methods, noting that: “With the recent LEED® 2009 minimum energy update, projects are paying even closer attention to how tight they can make their envelope to drive down energy usage and costs.”

St. John has also stressed the impact of this green-influenced directive, adding that: “…the results can be staggering: use of energy-saving products and technologies in building envelopes help save enough energy annually to power, heat and cool up to 56 million households or run up to 135 million vehicles each year.” Kathryn St. John, The Energy Collective. http://www.theenergycollective.com/usgbc/2387561/building-green-with-energy-efficient-materials-insulation

Products to use: What to look for

Decision makers should check for building envelope parts that provides comfort, good air and keeps moisture out, avoid hazardous materials and minimize heating and cooling loads – all while managing resources wisely and creating low embodied parts.

Insulation: Taking a second look

When reviewing a building’s enclosure, it is a good idea for project teams to check on the insulation products they’ve been using. There are benefits behind the use of insulation material in construction of buildings.

For one, insulation has the ability to decrease heat exchange – both in heat gain and heat loss. The website adds: “In a well-insulated building, less warm air escapes during the winter, and less cool air escapes during the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. Insulation can actually be one of the most practical and cost-effective ways to improve a building’s energy efficiency: by improving the insulation in new and existing buildings, you can enjoy significant savings and reductions in energy usage.”

green-buildingSupporting energy efficient materials in the construction of green buildings.

Aside from significant savings and reduction in energy consumption, energy efficient materials supports one very significant objective: sustainability.

As companies continue to recognize the importance of selecting the right materials in constructing buildings, so does the rate of positive impact to the environment.

Companies such as PFB Corporation are committed to conduct operations that affect environmental and social trends and recognize the importance of being transparent with their sustainability efforts. Environmental conservation has always been their top priority as shown in their practices, products and processes, including energy efficient buildings.

To learn about PFB Corporation and their sustainability directives, visit www.pfbsustainability.com.