Redefining Sustainability: More than just “Green” Products

Sustainability. A word we are all familiar with ever since the industry moved on from the “Green” movement. Yet while we know the definition of sustainability as it was at the start of the sustainability movement, have we as a whole kept up with the ever-changing concept of sustainability?

PFB: Sustainable in Products, Practice and People

Initially sustainability meant that what you produce as a manufacturer would not harm the planet or the people on it. That was the benchmark that we as manufacturers measured ourselves by. At the outset of the sustainability movement, that in itself was a good step in the right direction.

Now, the concept of sustainability has grown and progressed into an overarching thought philosophy of not just the products you make, but the way businesses operate, the way they treat people and the future impacts both environmentally and socially as well.

At PFB Corporation, we have embraced the changes and impact of the future of sustainability, and incorporated it into our business practices with our Sustainable Products, Practice and People ideology. No longer is it just about the products we produce –though they are still an integral part of our sustainable promise, but it now encompasses the way we do business on a daily basis. Manufacturing has historically received low marks in sustainability due to raw material consumption, chemicals, etc. At PFB, we are pleased to show our sustainability reporting every year, thus illustrating the ways our operations have continued to improve their sustainable operations.

As the only vertically-integrated manufacturer of EPS in North America, we have one of the largest offerings of sustainable brands and product selections. With a product mix that is inherently sustainable and adds to the energy efficient building industry, it is our goal to continue to provide a higher quality of product that gives customers a sense of comfort in knowing that not only do our product not hurt the environment, but help create healthier, sustainable spaces for them as well.

Our Sustainable culture, C. Alan Smith, Executive Chairman of the Board states, “Sustainability is about people. It is about the impact that our actions have on people. We are focused on activities that have positive impacts for our customers, for our employees and for the environment in our communities.”

As an organization we understand that sustainability cannot be stagnant. We cannot rest on our benchmark and be happy with today’s efforts. Instead, with a dedicated Sustainability Director, PFB continues to improve our sustainable practices and find new ways to provide sustainable benefits to everyone from our employees to our customers.

We are always looking for ways to make a difference in our environment. To learn more about our sustainable promise, check out our environmental data, or view our sustainable products visit https://www.pfbsustainability.com/   

Annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED selected

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As the call for more environment friendly buildings by consumers has grown louder with each passing year, the demand for LEED certified professionals and projects has grown.

LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is one of the most universally known green building certification programs used. Created by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it includes a process of evaluating green buildings, houses and communities with the goal of owners to be more conscious of the environment.

Global reach

According to the USGBC website, a Top 10 list of Countries and Regions that supports LEED has been posted. The post states: “The list recognizes markets outside the U.S. that are using LEED to create healthier, more sustainable spaces that work to improve quality of life. China tops the list, for markets outside of the U.S., followed by Canada and India.

The list represents 6,657 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 158 million square meters of space globally and ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of Dec. 31, 2017.” (http://newsroom.usgbc.org/us-green-building-council-releases-annual-top-10-countries-and-regions-for-leed/)

Canada ranks second in the world

Canada was chosen to be first runner up in the Top 10 list. With a gross square meters of 40.77, it has so far amassed a total of 2,970 LEED projects.

As mentioned in the Canada Green Building Council website: “LEED works because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Since 2004, the CaGBC has certified over 3,300 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 7,800 – with the second highest number of LEED projects anywhere in the world.” (https://www.cagbc.org/@/CAGBC/Programs/LEED/Going_green_with_LEE?hkey=54c44792-442b-450a-a286-4aa710bf5c64)

In support of LEED 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.

 

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:
https://www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com/plastics-at-home/everyday-plastics-reduce-environmental-footprint/

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