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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Go Green Recycling Awards for Sustainability

go green - lebanon officeToday’s Pulse local news online writer Lisa Knodel wrote a piece called “Warren County organizations go green”.

The article discussed how Warren County organizations are able to integrate green initiatives intended to benefit the environment. One such initiative, the “Go Green Warren County”, was a contest that the Warren Country Solid Waste Management District came up with that recognizes the earth-friendly, waste reduction and recycling efforts done by leaders in the industry.

“Each of the award recipients has made an impact on not only their own organization but on the surrounding community. Each demonstrated a commitment with their time and finances to recycle and protect the earth,” said Susanne Mason, Director of the Warren County Solid Waste Management District.” http://www.todayspulse.com/news/news/local/warren-county-organizations-go-green/nY74h/#sthash.JHKuMrXn.dpuf

Having a contest promoting sustainability provides benefits on both the company and their surroundings.

“Recycling protects the environment, preserves landfill space and saves energy. It is easy to do, and everyone should be a recycler,” Mason added.

Go Green Recycling for 2014

This year one of the recepients of Go Green Recycling is Plast-Fab’s Lebanon Ohio operation. Just like with previous winners, Plast-Fab was recognized for a job process that had the environment in mind; in this case their recycling methods resulted in less amounts of waste significantly lower than other facilities in the vicinity.

The plant would re-use EPS material by returning it back into the block to create more insulation products. When this is not possible, the EPS are thermally compacted then sold to recyclers. The recyclers in turn manufacture plastic products such as picture frames, wall/ceiling moldings and other consumer products. As a result, less EPS would go to the landfill.

To learn more about PFB’s Sustainability practices, visit http://www.pfbsustainability.com.

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.

Wrong Turn Taken: Embodied Energy & LCA

Have you seen the claims of cellulose insulating materials to be the “Greenest of the Green”? Embodied Energy is used as a basis for the claim. Cellulose has many noteworthey Green attributes, but if you look to the footnotes on the embodied energy tables for insulating materials you will see that the numbers include the “caloric BTU value of the EPS”. That is to say that the BTU value of the EPS was included as if the EPS feedstock were going to be burned for fuel. Cellulose insulation on the other hand does not include the BTU value of the wood it is made from if the wood were burned thus severely distorting the comparison of cellulose to EPS insulation. Petroleum and Natural Gas which are the primary feedstocks in EPS should be viewed as  minerals, of which there is a finite supply.  The choice seems to be; should we burn gas and oil and dump more CO2 and other pollutants into the atmosphere or make it into a durable good that can be recycled indefinitely and save huge amounts of energy with that durable good.

Embodied energy is a factor used in Life Cycle Analysis LCA to compare the merits of materials, processes, etc. When embodied energy includes all the important energy inputs into the extraction, transport, processing and disposing or recycling of a material it can be very useful. However if a short term view is adopted which puts more  emphasis on supply side dynamics than on preservation of resources then we have a distorted result which can lead us down the wrong path of material selection. Most of the best known LCA tools, like the Athena model, treat EPS in this fashion.  I would strongly argue that including the energy value of burning a raw material in embodied energy calculations is just this type of inappropriate emphasis on short versus long term environmental vision. We should be preserving petroleum products for long term durable goods manufacture, which in the case of EPS insulation, saves about 100 times more energy over the life of a building than the energy used to produce it. And the bonus is that we still have the polystyrene molecule to reuse over and over again and the carbon in the petroleum is sequestered keeping it out of the atmosphere. Since plastics account for less than 3% of all petroleum and natural gas consumption and in most cases is very recyclable, its makes much more sense to preserve oil and gas for these types of use and replace them with renewable energy sources. This would be a Win, Win, Win for us all.