Sustainability, It’s not as spooky as it seems…

Sometimes the word Sustainability brings about visions of mass recycling centers, large under-takings, added time to your daily routine, and more. While many of us desire to live a greener lifestyle, preserve the planet, and add to a general sense of sustainable life, it can seem daunting at times.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Think of sustainability less as an immediate overhaul, and more as a process. Anyone from a large corporation to a college student in their dorm room can practice sustainability in small steps. It’s through all the small steps that the impact begins. When you make changes in the smallest details of your life or the way you conduct business, you are making an impact.

Let’s take the college student for a moment. According to Boston College, the average college student goes through about 320 pounds of paper, PER YEAR. Imagine the impact if that college student recycled all those rough drafts instead of using them in the ever popular waste basket basketball. Small steps, Big impact.

Large corporations don’t have to set out to turn the tide right away and completely change the culture of their company. Little incentives that encourage employee buy in for things like riding their bike to work, or using reusable water bottles all will begin to change the corporate culture and create the platform for larger sustainable change.

Small steps in sustainability
So as you ponder what types of small steps you can take in your sustainable journey, let’s look ahead to a mere two weeks from now to Halloween where we have everything from costumes to candy to decorations. Each one of the elements can be a part of your sustainable process. Instead of buying the costumes in the store, get creative! Assemble or make your own costumes from household items. The same goes for Decorations. Do-it-yourselfers everywhere have the ability to create beautiful decorations, and we all have Pinterest to thank for the inspiration.

As you can see, sustainability isn’t scary or daunting, it’s a process. Start small, and you will make an impact.

Small steps to sustainability

About PFB Corporation: PFB is a North American manufacturer of insulating building products committed to long-term sustainability. The PFB product offering represents “Better Building Ideas” because our brands, when used alone or more effectively integrated together as building systems, provide excellent insulating qualities in a cost effective way that reduce energy consumption in the heating and cooling of buildings in which they are incorporated. All PFB products coupled with their policy to pursue sustainable development goals in all our activities, will provide economic and environmental benefits to all their stakeholders.

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Saving costs with Sustainable Products

It is the common perception that sustainability solutions are geared mostly towards benefitting the environment and community, though with these ground breaking methods starting to take place, not enough information has been disseminated to the general public on the other factored benefits.

What is not taken into consideration is the financial aspect with regards to using these products or methods. Most people immediately perceive these promising changes as another cost to deal with; what they don’t realize are how beneficial  it is with regards to costs.

Media website Adweek (http://www.adweek.com/digital/what-smart-cities-of-the-future-will-look-like/) recently featured an article that talks about the upcoming trends in the social and digital space.  Entitled “What Smart Cities of the Future Will Look Like”, the site states: “Saving money through efficiency: Much of the driving force behind everything “online” revolves around the bottom line, and improvements in efficiency lead to a solid reduction in needless spending.

While upgrading all 160,000 streetlights in Los Angeles with remote monitoring and smart controls will cost about $14 million, the city is saving $8 million per year by switching to more energy-efficient LED bulbs, according to CNN Money. The technology alerts city employees when bulbs are out, but eventually, it may gather reams of valuable information about air quality, traffic patterns and more pertinent information for improving the city’s quality of life.”

Dealing with change

Recent improvements with environmental directives and the gradual involvement of more industries investing in sustainability has had a positive impact. One of the biggest challenges that these new strategies face however, is the idea of change.

Change can bring down massive adjustments to the processes of an organization, and the turnover time could take a while. At times the implementation can drag systems and affect the overall functional area of an organization. The worst thing that can happen is dropping the new strategy altogether and reverting back to the old methods.

Positive outweigh negatives

In the grand scheme of things, the positives brought by sustainability products simply outweigh the negatives. If more information is given out, when more and more industries and communities realize the positive effects of these products, then the process can improve.  So by making the focus shift to efficiency and making problem solution methods move faster and better, less cost is ultimately realized. Thus, more and more expenses are being mitigated and more money saved.

Supporting cost-effective trends for 2017

Aside from significant savings and reduction in energy consumption, energy efficient materials support one very significant objective: sustainability.

As companies continue to recognize the importance of selecting the right materials in constructing buildings, so does the rate of 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 www.pfbsustainability.com.

Top 5 Sustainability Trends for 2017

As the month of June comes to a close and we approach the middle of the year, trends start to form in terms of sustainable directives.

Sustainability Reporting website EnergyWatch (https://energywatch-inc.com/top-5-sustainability-trends-2017/) recently featured an article that talks about the importance of green buildings and the direction on where Sustainability is headed.  The site states: “Going green isn’t an option anymore, it’s a requirement. Environmentally friendly buildings are financially superior in nearly all aspects. As climate change goals become stricter and investors increase interest in green developments, sustainability initiatives are increasingly coming to focus.”

We discuss three of these green trends that the article has mentioned.

Clean Energy Corporate Support Growth

Energy saving benefits have started to attract the attention of companies because it not only encourages health benefit opportunities that has shown promise in boosting employee morale, it can also provide less energy usage, providing cost saving measures that are a welcome advantage.

Rise in Renewable Energy Investments

Renewable Energy offers benefits such as self-sufficiency, and even though it has its share of pros and cons, ultimately the concept is something being considered based on the steady growth of organizations investing on this green alternative.

Organizations considering Net Zero Energy Buildings

As discussed in previous blog posts, Net Zero Energy Buildings offer energy efficient benefits which warranted more consideration as it can significantly improve a company’s corporate footprint. More and more such buildings are being built for organizations; this is among the most important trends for 2017 that should garner more traction as more sustainability practices are being talked about.
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Supporting Sustainability trends for 2017.

Aside from significant savings and reduction in energy consumption, energy efficient materials supports one very significant objective: sustainability.

As companies continue to recognize the importance of selecting the right materials in constructing buildings, so does the rate of 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 www.pfbsustainability.com.

Importance of Green Buildings to Cities

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It is predicted that by year 2050, almost 70 percent of the global population will be residing in cities. This means that buildings will play a vital role in sustaining urban growth. With the problems concerning health and environment posed by cities, it becomes important for builders to consider more environment-friendly ways in building new structures.

The Urban Expedition series, a collection of articles from National Geographic that tackle green solutions to cities around the globe, just published an educational info graphic style “by the numbers” view on green buildings and its sustainable benefits. It highlights what comprises a green building and what positive impact it provides to both its residents and the environment – and what eventual influence it brings to the cities of the future. (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/urban-expeditions/green-buildings/benefits-of-green-buildings-human-health-economics-environment/)

The environmental issue

Cities are a main source of emissions and waste, currently accounting for an astounding 70% of greenhouse-gas emissions. With 30% of those emissions coming from buildings, improvements on the way buildings are built and operates are very important for it to become more sustainable. And then there are also other issues that relates to health, water and energy use.

The Green building alternative

Due to these concerns, builders from around the world have started to implement a more green approach in building new structures for cities. Thus, more and more green buildings have been built.

Through the LEED certification that ensures that a structure meets the green building standard, a green building is usually designed to use up less energy costs and water, as well as make air quality better. The article has also stressed that building methods that are sustainable has clearly several benefits over traditional ones.

Benefits of Green buildings

The post has also mentioned the benefits of green buildings, some of which include:

  • Energy efficiency from improved insulation building materials
  • Mitigation of the Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Water Conservation from systematic consumption reduction
  • Environment-friendly building materials that decrease emissions

The positive effects brought forth by green buildings have resulted in producing an encouraging stat: green buildings in the U.S. have now reduced carbon emissions by 34%. Although this number may not mean a lot now, as this positive trend continues, so can the potential for green buildings to provide some lasting impact to communities and contribute to urban sustainable directives in the near future.

Supporting sustainable buildings 

The improving direction brought forth by green 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

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Greenery: timely color for 2017

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Color of the Year

For 16 years now, Pantone Inc., a company known for its proprietary color space Pantone Matching System (PMS) that helps standardize colors used mainly by manufacturers for printing purposes, has selected a specific color that would carry the honorary title of “Color of the Year”.

Based on the Pantone.com website (https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017), this year’s Color of the Year is Greenery. The website notes: “The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally.”

Greenery’s link to sustainability

The color green has long been associated with sustainability and symbolizes nature for obvious reasons. From plants and trees to leaves and fields, a good part of our natural environment bear the familiar hues of the color green. While green is also linked to other good things such as wealth and progress, no association is as evident for the color on nature and the environment.

Associating this color to the branding of organizations who are sustainability-focused has also proven be a good association for better representation of their core values and objectives.

Helping spread environmental awareness

With Greenery selected as 2017’s Color of the Year, there is a favorable possibility for increased awareness towards the environment and the issues it face. As companies and communities become more and more conscious of their carbon footprint and impact to the surroundings, this selection provides another opportunity to make more green choices on a fresh start.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says it best: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we year for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and larger purpose.”

In support of sustainability in 2017

New start, continued commitment. Sustainability directives from various sectors both private and public are gradually picking up steam at a time when environmental concerns require immediate attention.

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.

Sustainability in 2017

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The year 2016 brought forth several milestones for accomplishing sustainability goals. From the increase in sustainable awareness with support coming from different corporations to more energy-efficient buildings being built, this year was a good one for the green movement.

With 2017 just around the corner, we face another year with some questions in mind. How will 2017 fare in terms of green initiatives and how would it impact us on a local and global scale?

Thomas Singer from the sustainability website GreenBiz (https://www.greenbiz.com/article/4-reasons-be-excited-about-sustainability-2017) had posted a very insightful article on the issues that we face in 2017 and why we should remain optimistic despite the challenges sustainability is expected to face.

As mentioned in the post, below are some of the reasons to be excited in 2017 for sustainability, which includes climate governance, sustainability financing and urban leadership.

Taking the lead in climate governance

Doubts surrounding the next U.S. administration in terms of prioritizing environmental directives means that the door is open for other governing bodies to step in and take the helm in the green movement. The biggest question is whether emerging markets such as China would decide to accept the daunting task.

Green financing gaining momentum

Green investments have steadily grown and has helped tremendously in both accomplishing climate goals and modernizing systems. As 2017 arrives, this positive momentum should remain to be the focus and aid in continued growth.

Sustainability leadership from urban areas

Rightfully becoming stewards of environmental conservation, cities have been championing the green movement, even more so than their government counterparts. The motivation in doing so remains obvious: obtaining less air pollution, having healthier communities, natural disaster control etc. Despite possible lack of support from governing bodies, cities must strive to implement sustainable practices.

In support of sustainability in 2017 

Sustainability has come along way in the last couple of years. While there is still so much that needs to be done in order to have a significant and lasting impact, the seeds of growth have been planted. The key now is to keep these directives going and maintain green consciousness.

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.

Building code changes support energy efficiency

New building codes based on the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) and Section 9.36 of the Alberta Building Code for the province of Alberta, Canada now come with requirements that support energy efficiency.

Established by the National Research Council and Natural Resources Canada as part of its energy efficient and greenhouse gas emission reduction directives, the NECB constitutes a wide area of building systems and materials and would take into effect on November 1st, 2016. For the province of Alberta, this is the first  time that energy efficiency requirements were implemented to its building codes with minimum standards applied to large buildings.

Impact and building code compliance

The building codes affect building layouts and construction methods and now takes into consideration a more energy efficient approach that also aims to decrease greenhouse gas distribution. Insulation, windows, ventilation, and lighting are among the areas affected by the requirements.

For proper compliance, several options are available for builders to select: prescriptive, trade-off, and performance.

Prescriptive – usually the simplest route to follow, although may not be suitable for all types of buildings. Checklists of this option are able to assist applications in knowing certain articles in the code. If requirements are not met for this path then another compliance selection should be chosen.

Trade-off – This option provides more flexibility on the building layout as it permits trading elements with the similar aspect of the energy code without necessarily meeting each and every requirement outlined in the NECB. Guidelines for the limitations of selecting this path however, should be referenced accordingly.

Performance – For the most adjustability, this is the option to choose. This path could permit trade-offs between building structures, and in some cases may be the only option around for particular types of buildings.

Long term benefits

For single family houses, code requirements stress minimum efficiency on the furnace,  heater, windows, walls, roofs, etc. And while costs for houses and buildings affected by the new building codes are considerably higher than older structures, the long term impact translate to lower utility bills since less energy would be produced due to the added insulation; energy savings basically means financial savings for the daily functions of the home.

The significant long term advantage of more energy efficient buildings impacts the environment as a whole. With more and more green initiatives being implemented and buildings becoming more sustainable, public awareness on energy efficiency is greatly increased for the better.

In support of energy efficient buildings 

Aside from significant savings and reduction in energy consumption, energy efficient buildings support one very significant objective: sustainability.

As companies and communities continue to recognize the importance of energy efficiency in constructing buildings, so does the rate of 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.

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