Why Sustainability is important to us

 

A lot of articles on this blog has been written about the importance of Sustainability in general, but in this article we dig deeper and answer the question: “Why is sustainability important to PFB Corporation?”.

Sustainability: our top priority

At PFB Corporation, commitment is given on its operations that would affect environmental and social concerns. Protecting the environment has always been a top priority, as seen in our processes, products and practices.

The concern for the environment also goes beyond the local scope of the business; it comes from a global scale mindset. The company wants to address the long term preservation of the planet and the effects that modern lifestyles may be having on climate change. Company operations is done responsibly, mindful of the economic, environmental and social impacts of its operations. Aside from this, the company continues to strive for improved performance with regards to input (e.g. materials and energy) and output conversions (e.g. products and emissions).

Sustainability: Less energy use, more savings

Nowadays we learn that more and more green homes are being built; this has to do with the considerable energy reduction, and eventually leading to more cost savings. As the market demand for better sustainable products increase, all the more it affirms the company’s belief that green is the way to go. PFB continues to support sustainability methods, as it produces several product solutions that help the goal of accomplishing energy efficiency.

Sustainability: Environmental Awareness

Sustainability is essentially defined as the “ability to sustain our way of living in our environment”. This fundamental truth explains that our basic survival is either directly or indirectly dependent on our environment. The company’s mission and vision is behind this principle of safety to the community. Efforts on maintaining sustainability has always part of the company’s important business directives.

PFB Corporation has also been a part of several sustainability projects events. The company continues to take part in the community’s green drive for environmental awareness.

Sustainability: Brand alignment

“Better Building Ideas”. With its corporate slogan follows it’s brand alignment towards greener solutions and offering products that are both energy efficient and cost effective. As one of the leaders in the industry, PFB’s corporate culture is rooted in sustainable development. This not only is reflected on our applications but also to the awards and recognition gained throughout the years.

A leader in sustainability

As discussed, PFB Corporation is 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 our practices, products and processes, including energy efficient buildings.

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

 

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Designing Green Buildings with a focus on health

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 While Sustainable buildings are built for safeguarding the environment and helps save for energy costs, it should also benefit the overall well-being of the people living inside those buildings.

According to an article by Chris Hellstern of the website Daily Journal of Commerce (http://www.djc.com/news/en/12098663.html), the common practice for evaluating buildings was that several designers and building rating systems would focus mainly on a building’s performance.

But just recently, there has been a growing shift on how this is being handled as health and wellness for the residents of the building are now a significant part of the equation.

Hellstern has added that there is now real, hard data which suggests how important health considerations are during a building design process. Case in point: A 2016 study done by Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered that better indoor environmental factors was linked to improved productivity and better cognitive function.

“These results suggest that even modest improvements to indoor environmental quality may have a profound impact on the decision-making performance of workers,” said Joseph Allen, lead author of the research.

The focus on health

As mentioned on the report provided by Harvard University, several noticeable improvements on health were found during the research period: “Measuring nine cognitive function domains, researchers found that the largest improvements occurred in the areas of:

  • crisis response (97% higher scores in green conditions and 131% higher in green+)
  • strategy (183% and 288% higher)
  • information usage (172% and 299% higher)

In addition, when researchers looked at the effect of CO2—not normally thought of as a direct indoor pollutant—they found that, for seven of the nine cognitive functions tested, average scores decreased as CO2 levels increased to levels commonly observed in many indoor environments.” (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/green-office-environments-linked-with-higher-cognitive-function-scores/ )

Although this directive is fairly new, it becomes important for builders to consider the health impact on occupants when designing sustainable buildings. When this is added to reductions in energy consumption, water consumption and environmental deterioration, then the chances for green buildings to be the main option for the future would greatly increase.

Supporting the benefits of green buildings

Health-focused parameters aside, buildings will play a major role in the sustainability of communities. There will be more reasons for adding health-based designs for buildings, and its benefits would be too hard to ignore.

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 http://www.pfbsustainability.com.

 

 

 

Going Green for the Holidays

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The Holiday season is here once again; that time of the year when decorating, choosing gifts and shopping are on top of our to-do lists.

In making our Holiday choices, we can choose to Go Green and influence our decisions that leans towards sustainability.

The following are some Holiday Season tips that are helpful in being able to have a Go Green Holiday Season:

 


Energy-efficient decorating

– Purchase a living tree that you can plant outside – or keep as a houseplant once the holidays are over.

– Go for freshly-cut trees; these are recyclable. When the season is over, see if you can find tree-recycling pick up days in your community. Otherwise the trees you throw away in the trash bin ends up in a landfill.

– Own an artificial Christmas Tree that you can have for many years to come.

– Plan on having less Christmas lights or none at all in your holiday decors. LED Christmas lights are capable of saving more than 95 percent of energy in no time.

– To save on electric bills, attach your indoor/outdoor lights into a timer. That way you can turn it off in times when it is less required. As an example, make sure lights are turned off once you go to bed – no one is out there admiring those lights at 3 in the morning.

– Start being creative: Use natural materials that you can find in your home for decorations.


Resource management

 – When looking for electronic gadgets for both home and office, check to see if it has the Energy Star label on it. These products are energy-efficient, meaning they are turned off when not in use.

– Plan ahead when going shopping. Instead of having several trips, strive to have it all done in one day to save on gas.

– Shop for gifts that are recyclable, energy-efficient and naturally produced.

– Rather than buy shiny rolls of paper, use recycled paper when wrapping gifts. Another option is wrapping gifts in wearable items like scarves.

– Instead of sending Christmas cards by mail, save on costs by e-mailing holiday cards and Christmas invites.


In support of an Eco-Friendly Season 

Celebrating the Holidays doesn’t mean putting all our green initiatives on hold. Going Green is possible with the right planning and action.

As companies and communities continue to recognize the importance of energy efficiency this coming Holiday Season,  so does the rate of its 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 http://www.pfbsustainability.com.

Plasti-Fab Polymer Plant recipient of “Proof Not Promises”

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Energy and environmental solutions provider GE Power & Water Technologies recently presented Plasti-Fab Polymer Plant with the “Proof Not Promises” award.

“Proof Not Promises” is a category of GE’s Customer Awards that are given to companies they have worked with based on successfully implementing efficiency improvements.

The award was presented to Plasti-Fab after Dan Mooney, Chief Steam Engineer of its Polymer Plant had worked with GE in the reduction of utilizing the “Steamate” condensate corrosion inhibitor for the Moulding Plant Boiler by more than 75%.

With the help of a GE representative, Polymer Plant staff and employees, a chemical addition reduction initiative targeted at steam condensate return piping amine in the Crossfield Block Moulding Plant was completed. Amines are added to the steam systems to coat iron piping and prevent corrosion. Amines are the most expensive component of a boiler water treatment system.

The goal of this initiative was to add controls in order to optimize the addition to the required points which reduces the consumption to the minimum amount required in achieving piping protection.

Not only has the Amine consumption in the system reduced dramatically over the 3 month evaluation period without sacrifice of the piping protection, it also produced annual operational savings in the range to $9,000 to $10,000.

Plasti-Fab® products lead Scouts camp on path to sustainability

This article features Camp McLean, the largest camp managed by Scouts Canada Fraser Valley Council. It discusses how the camp’s newest buildings were made with the environment in mind and with the goal of “having as small of a footprint as possible.”

The buildings were made using SIPS and ICFs which provide sustainable benefits as it helps support the camp’s mission on community development among the youth.

Plasti-Fab® products lead Scouts camp on path to sustainability

Camp McLean is one of the primary scout camps for the Scouts Canada Fraser Valley Council, servicing over 6,000 members and located along the Little Campbell River outside of Langley, British Columbia. Following the organization’s emphasis on environmental conservation, the camp’s newest buildings are built green with help from Plasti-Fab products.

The new 2,600 sq. ft. machine shop is constructed with the Advantage ICF System® for the foundation and above
grade walls, and the Insulspan® Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System for the roof. Both building systems deliver a continuous layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation that dramatically reduces heat loss due to thermal bridging and air leakage.

An adjacent 2,300 sq. ft. storage building was constructed with Insulspan SIPs for the walls and roof, and an Advantage ICF foundation. To insulate the slab, both buildings use 2 inches of PlastiSpan® HD EPS insulation.

“The number one reason we used SIPs and ICFs was sustainability,” said Barney Dohm, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of general contractor TECHnic Construction. “Scouting is very much about leaving no trace in the environment, so we wanted to have as small of a footprint as possible, and we wanted to reduce energy as part of sustainability.

“I’m very impressed with both the Advantage ICF and Insulspan SIP systems. There is little waste on the job site, and as far as construction is concerned, the scheduling and site coordination are big pluses,” Dohm added.

Insulspan Sales Representative Dave Stevenson, who worked with Dohm on the project, notes that reducing energy costs will allow more funds to directly support Scouts Canada’s mission to provide values-based support for youth in the community.

“Plasti-Fab is proud to support Scouts Canada on a project that will benefit kids in the community for many years to come,” said Stevenson.

The Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS)

Reduce Global Warming

 

Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS

The basic design concept for SIPS is elegant in its simplicity, and offers several advantages for constructing walls and roofs. There is general agreement that SIPS provide better overall air tightness and practical thermal performance than conventionally framed walls.

– NAHB Research Center

SIPS Environmental Advantage

By providing substantial energy savings and critical reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the energy invested in the production and delivery of SIPS yields an exponential benefit to the environment, when compared to traditional stick framing.

The exceptional performance of SIPS as an insulator coupled with low air leakage for the built environment offers the construction industry the tools and technology needed to achieve superior thermal performance while making a significant and restorative contribution to the reduction of global warming.

Read the rest of “Life Cycle Benefits of SIPS” here.

SIPs could be the future of home construction

By ROBERT KOOPMANS
Daily News Staff Reporter

An untrained eye would have a hard time seeing what’s different about the house being built at the corner of Linfield Drive and Aberdeen Way.

To those in the know, however, the level-entry rancher is the cutting edge of a new wave of high-tech home construction, using new methods and materials that could make traditional dimensional lumber framing a thing of the past.

Check out the full article here.