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

To learn more about Insulspan SIPs, visit the Insulspan website at: http://www.insulspan.com

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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Insulation: A Closer Look at One of a Green Building’s Energy-Efficient Materials

A building’s capacity to manage and limit its increase in consuming energy determines its overall energy usage and cost savings. The materials being used are one of the biggest factors which determines its energy efficiency.

According to an article by Kathryn St. John of the website The Energy Collective, industry influencers are paying more attention to energy efficient methods, noting that: “With the recent LEED® 2009 minimum energy update, projects are paying even closer attention to how tight they can make their envelope to drive down energy usage and costs.”

St. John has also stressed the impact of this green-influenced directive, adding that: “…the results can be staggering: use of energy-saving products and technologies in building envelopes help save enough energy annually to power, heat and cool up to 56 million households or run up to 135 million vehicles each year.” Kathryn St. John, The Energy Collective. http://www.theenergycollective.com/usgbc/2387561/building-green-with-energy-efficient-materials-insulation

Products to use: What to look for

Decision makers should check for building envelope parts that provides comfort, good air and keeps moisture out, avoid hazardous materials and minimize heating and cooling loads – all while managing resources wisely and creating low embodied parts.

Insulation: Taking a second look

When reviewing a building’s enclosure, it is a good idea for project teams to check on the insulation products they’ve been using. There are benefits behind the use of insulation material in construction of buildings.

For one, insulation has the ability to decrease heat exchange – both in heat gain and heat loss. The website adds: “In a well-insulated building, less warm air escapes during the winter, and less cool air escapes during the summer, reducing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling. Insulation can actually be one of the most practical and cost-effective ways to improve a building’s energy efficiency: by improving the insulation in new and existing buildings, you can enjoy significant savings and reductions in energy usage.”

green-buildingSupporting energy efficient materials in the construction of green buildings.

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.

More than a Hundred Ways to Save on your Energy Bill

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Consumers Energy website had featured a very informative article regarding energy management.

Called “Managing Your Energy Use”, the said post states: “Efficiency is Key. Being smart about the way you use energy can keep you comfortable and help you save money.” https://new.consumersenergy.com/residential/save-money-and-energy/managing-your-energy-use

The categories that were discussed includes:

1. Heating and Cooling – Has more than ten energy-saving tips on beating the summer heat, as well as another set of ten tips on reducing costs for home heating during the winter. A third set of tips come under “Thermostat Settings” where you can save 1% to 3% on heating costs. Lastly, a set of tips fall on “Water Heater”, since water heating is usually the third biggest energy expense.

Some of the tips being suggested under this category:

  • Invest in an air conditioner that has a high energy efficiency rating which is printed on the EnergyGuide label.
  • Cleaning out leaves and debris from your air conditioning unit.
  • Installing your air conditioner beneath a shade, as positioning it under direct sunlight requires more energy.
  • Cleaning the filter regularly. Dusty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
  • Don’t cool unused areas. Close doors and registers to cut energy costs.

2. Appliances – The section covers the essential ones and these include tips on Dishwasher use, Refrigerator/Freezer use, Stove and Oven and Washer and Dryer.

3. Around the House – Energy use tips cover not only inside the house but also around it that adds to energy consumption. By including these aspects, financial savings will get an added boost.

More than 100 Tips

The downloadable brochure contains more than a hundred tips to make your home more energy efficient. The rationale behind all these tips is rather simple: Use less to pay less. https://new.consumersenergy.com/residential/save-money-and-energy/managing-your-energy-use

Supporting energy efficiency directives

The importance of energy efficiency in saving costs and preserving the environment has been a primary goal of many organizations.

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 residential and commercial 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 www.pfbsustainability.com.

To learn more about Insulspan SIPs, visit the Insulspan website at: http://www.insulspan.com

The continuous growth of Green Buildings

The Environmental Leader website had posted an article regarding news of Green Buildings exceeding Construction growth as a whole.

Entitled “Green Building Outpaces Overall Construction”, the said post remarked that, according to a study made by the U.S. Green Building Council: “By 2018, the study finds, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million US jobs — more than one-third of the entire US construction sector — and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry’s direct contribution to US Gross Domestic Product is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018.” Jessica Lyons Hardcastle, Environmental Leader. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/09/16/green-building-outpaces-overall-construction-growth/

More growth, more jobs

As stated, the steady increase of green buildings being built leaves a positive effect on the economy, with more jobs being created. David Erne, a senior associate at Booz Allen, remarks “Our research shows that green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy, with the construction of LEED- certified buildings accounting for about 40 percent of green construction’s overall contribution to GDP in 2015.”

Supporting the growth of green buildings

With the public’s general perception that green buildings are being built and supported only by the minority, this assumption gradually subsides as awareness grows.

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 www.pfbsustainability.com.

To learn more about Insulspan SIPs, visit the Insulspan website at: http://www.insulspan.com