Five green building trends for 2018

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As we near the middle of the year, we review the top Sustainability trends for 2018 that was prominently discussed by environmental experts.

Benefits for employees working indoors

For many years now, companies have tried to find ways to improve the productivity of their employees. Now they turn their focus on environmental factors worth the time and money. With the growing health concerns brought forth by the current setup, air quality inside office spaces have been linked to employee productivity.

Based on the article found in the website “The Kendeda Fund” (https://livingbuilding.kendedafund.org/2018/01/09/five-green-building-trends-2018/), “The most startling discovery: “Studying three ventilation strategies and four different heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems across seven U.S. cities, the team found that the indoor environment previously associated with a doubling of cognitive function test scores can be achieved at an energy cost between $14 and $40 per person per year and result in as much as a $6,500 equivalent in improved productivity per person per year.”

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The time for green and healthy buildings – is now

Previous blog posts have supported the idea that implementing green buildings are starting to gain traction among mainstream industries. Now it is no longer the case whether it is a promising trend – it is today’s reality. Having sustainable buildings for workers are no longer just a “want”, but is now a growing “need”.

The article adds: “It’s already happening. The Living Building Challenge has long incorporated healthy building criteria, such as a Red List of banned materials. Now, Version 4 is moving LEED in that direction. Meanwhile, certification programs focused strictly on health are taking off. In just two years, the WELL Building Standard has zoomed from 80 registered projects to more than 600. As of last fall, the newer (and slightly more permissive) FITwel standard already had accumulated 350 registered projects.”

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In support of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

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.

 

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