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!

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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!

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:

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

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.


Low-carbon buildings for a greener future.

In Canada, the energy used in homes and buildings, e.g. heating, air conditioning, running appliances and office equipment accounts for nearly a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Left alone, inefficient, leaky buildings will suck energy and spew emissions for several decades.

The important role played by buildings.

According to an article from the website Policy Options (http://bit.ly/2rSbUxR) “Buildings have long lifespans — longer than those of power plants, cars and appliances. The consequences of inefficient buildings can last generations, so we have some important choices to make today about how we build and maintain them. A bold, long-term commitment to well-built, nearly-zero-energy buildings — which create almost as much energy as they consume — will generate economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadians for years to come.”

Though some steps have been made, this is not enough. The post adds: “Many home and business owners have taken simple actions to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings, such as replacing weather-stripping around windows and doors, insulating roofs and walls and swapping out old boilers and furnaces. But time is not on our side.”

Big changes need to be done

Sweeping changes are needed to make high-efficiency buildings the norm rather than the niche. Low-cost, high-return opportunities are all around us, in our homes, office towers, schools, factories, hospitals and more. For policy-makers looking to cost-effectively and rapidly cut carbon pollution, building improvements are the low-hanging fruit. In fact, in the building sector, we could and should be aiming to exceed Canada’s national emissions reduction targets.

Two areas where this can be addressed: old buildings being modernized and new buildings being upgraded with energy-efficient standards.

There are two specific areas where we think the federal government, in collaboration with its subnational counterparts, could create clean economic growth by advancing the construction of healthy homes and buildings. First, drafty old buildings need to be modernized for the 21st century — the “clean growth century”. This can be done by creating a retrofit strategy that includes revising building codes to address retrofitting and encourages actions like fixing airtightness and heat loss; installing better windows, doors and insulation; and upgrading our heating, cooling and ventilation systems. Second, new buildings need to be constructed to the most energy-efficient design and construction standards.

Supporting green buildings 

The encouraging efforts brought forth by sustainable buildings provides not only the environmental benefits and long term gains for future generations, it could also help propel other organizations to pay more attention that possibly leads to positive action.

Companies such as PFB Corporation are committed to conduct operations that affect environmental and social trends. Environmental conservation has always been their top priority as shown in their practices, products and processes, including energy efficient buildings.

Insulspan is an excellent choice to construct energy efficient buildings because of its energy efficiency features and ability to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Insulspan’s sustainable system and its ability to withstand natural disasters better than other construction methods makes it a top option for energy efficient buildings.

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

Making a Sustainable Difference


While sustainability in buildings has been the main topic in several previous blog posts, it’s really just one part of the whole; making a sustainable difference should encompass our overall way of living.

In this article we cover some of the ways where making a difference in sustainability can be achieved:

In The Home

Pollution prevention, also known as P2, happens when people change their plans, practices and habits in order to reduce the generation of pollution and waste at the source, instead of trying to clean it up after the fact. Pollution prevention also includes activities that protect natural resources (i.e. trees, water) through conservation or more efficient use of resources.

The key to environmental sustainability is thinking globally and acting locally. Pollution prevention (P2) is about making smart choices — both in what we buy and in how we use products. It involves looking at the causes of waste and pollution and figuring out how to prevent them.

There is a lot that you can do in your home that will save energy and water and reduce the amount of waste created, while at the same time saving your family money. Even though you may not know it, you are probably already implementing P2 around your home. Here are some activities you, your friends, and family may already be doing or can do in the future to prevent pollution. Protecting the environment and practicing P2 is something that the whole family can do!

Save Water

Water is such an essential part of our lives, that we often times take it for granted. Here are some tips to consider on water conservation:

  • Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth. Do not let it run continuously.
  • Have a short shower instead of a bath. It uses less water. When bathing, be sure not to overfill the tub.
  • When washing or shaving, partially fill the sink basin and use that water rather than running the tap continuously.
  • Ensure that you turn the taps off tightly to avoid dripping.
  • Do not let the water run continuously. Wash dishes or clean fruit and vegetables in a partially filled sink, then rinse them quickly under the tap.
  • Instead of letting the tap run until the water gets cold, keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator.
  • Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher or washing machine.
  • If you can adjust the water level on your washing machine, ensure that you use only as much water as is necessary.
  • Promptly repair leaks in and around taps and faucets.
  • Place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce water use in the toilet.
  • Install water-flow-reducing attachments to faucets and showerheads to reduce water use.
  • Repair leaks in toilet tanks promptly. You can check for leaks from the toilet tank into the bowl quite easily. Put a small amount of food colouring into the toilet tank. If the coloured water appears in the toilet bowl without flushing, you should repair the leak.

Save Energy

Just like water, energy is another precious resource that we should conserve. Some energy-efficient tips to take note of:

  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Use the energy saver option or shortest cycle necessary on appliances.
  • If possible, line-dry your clothes outside in the summer.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient, longer-lasting fluorescent bulbs.
  • For small meals, try using the microwave instead of heating up the oven.
  • Turn the temperature on your water heater down. Most homes do not need extremely hot water.
  • Ensure that windows and door frames are sealed properly to avoid heat or cool air from escaping.

Reduce Waste

Some waste reduction measures to use for sustainability:

  • Ensure that your household is implementing a recycling program.
  • Find further uses for things instead of just discarding them. Be creative!
  • Glass jars and plastic containers can be used to store bulk food and odds and ends.
  • Re-use plastic grocery bags the next time you go shopping instead of bringing new ones home, or use them as garbage bags. Better yet, buy or make cloth shopping bags that can be used time and time again
  • Cardboard boxes and paper bags can be used to store things or when packing items for your next move.
  • Re-use items. Save items that you will use again, such as wrapping paper, gift boxes and bags, string, rubber bands, and twist ties.
  • Instead of discarding old or malfunctioning items, have them refurbished or repaired.
  • Many household items, such as clothing, toys, and furniture, can be donated to social service or religious groups.
  • Books and magazines can be donated to hospitals, senior citizens’ residences, and schools.
  • Many schools and day-care centres are always looking for items that can be used for arts and crafts projects. Give them a quick call to see if they need anything in particular.
  • Create and maintain your own compost pile, if feasible. This will produce your own fertilizer and reduce the amount of garbage from your home.

Be Consumer Wise

Being a smart consumer is important because it not only aids sustainable goals but also saves you money and is pro-health. Some ideas on being a smart buyer:

  • Buy in bulk to reduce waste.
  • Purchase products and services from companies that are environmentally conscious.
  • Purchase products that have been recycled or are recyclable. Keep your eyes open for reusable, recyclable or returnable packages.
  • Use safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals. For example, use insecticidal soaps instead of chemical sprays to get rid of insects on your plants at home.
  • Use less toxic cleaners, waxes, glues and adhesives, paints, paint removers, stains, etc.
  • Look for driveway sealers that contain low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This will minimize contributions to the formation of smog.

Making a Sustainable Difference

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

How to be a Leader in Sustainability


Industry and community leadership

Being a leader in sustainability involves setting an example and becoming committed to  corporate values and accountable to the practices of an organization.

At PFB Corporation, supply chain links are with major corporations that support the Responsible Care® Initiative. At the interface with them, the operating practices are subject to audit by them, which helps the industry to operate safely, profitably and with care for future generations.

The company also train and expect its employees to be experts in their field. It also support numerous industry trade associations and expect employees to participate in them including Expanded Polystyrene Manufacturers Association (EPSMA), Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Construction Specifications Canada, local Home Builders Associations, local Built Green programs, regional building supply associations, regional roofing associations.

PFB Corporation is very active in the communities. To ensure the appropriate use of our products, it provide on-site technical advisory services and product knowledge training to its customers. They also provide professional instruction courses for credit with Architectural AIA, as well as ICF University and SIP School for builders, and Home Planning Seminars for consumers.

Greenguard Certification Program

As the demand for healthier, more sustainable products continues to expand, consumers and building industry professionals increasingly demand substantiation of product sustainability claims and rely on trustworthy third-party certifiers to guide purchasing and specification decisions. GREENGUARD Certification provides the market with solutions and resources to identify products with lower chemical emissions, and provides manufacturers with credible tools to legitimize and promote their sustainability efforts.

Habitat for Humanity Owen Sound

PFB Corporation participated in a Habitat for Humanity project located in Owen Sound, Ontario where twenty Grey-Bruce students helped build housing as part of a fast-tracked carpentry apprenticeship pilot program at Georgian College. 

Okanagan Home for Learning Project

PFB is proud to be a sponsor of the 2007 South Okanagan Home for Learning Project, where we supplied PlastiSpan under slab insulation and Advantage ICF System. 

The Home for Learning project provided college students the opportunity to expand their skills and their knowledge of energy efficient building systems. This home is Built Green certified and meets federal R-2000 and EnerGuide ratings. The project won several provincial Environmental Awards.

Burnside House

Michigan’s first platinum-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award has been awarded to “Burnside’s Inn,” a home designed by Riverbend Timber Framing, in Blissfield , and built by Robert Burnside’s Fireside Home Construction company. The LEED Green Building Rating System, nationally recognized benchmark for high-performance green buildings, bases its certifications on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. PFB believes that our Better Building Ideas products, when used in the construction of the building envelope, are an enabling technology that supports the certification of LEED designed buildings and Net Zero Energy houses.

Net Zero Energy Home

Two noteworthy research and demonstration projects in which PFB participated by providing Insulspan SIPS panels, are to the BASF NZE Demonstration House in Patterson, New Jersey and to a Habitat for Humanity research project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The objective for a NZE house is to balance, over a year time horizon, the generation of energy by the structure with consumption of energy in the structure. The energy efficiency of PFB products makes them enabling technologies in NZE building construction.

Holmes Foundation

PFB Corporation has been actively involved with several charitable organizations. A recent partnership has formed with The Holmes Foundation. Having worked with Mike Holmes on an episode of his show, we had a chance to see firsthand how passionate he is about the industry. This was a natural fit because his concern for well-trained tradesmen supports our jobsite training initiatives. PFB donated a percentage of our sales from a local trade show to the Holmes Foundation.

Becoming a leader in sustainability

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.