Top Sustainability Trends for 2018

We are now in the second month of 2018, but it is never too late to discuss what is trending as far as sustainability is concerned.

The concept of sustainability has managed to enter the awareness of society as a whole; from corporations and schools, from factories to the general public, this idea has now taken the attention across states and countries.

And while theory is one thing, actually implementing these principles is another. According to an article posted by the Sustainability Academy, there are ten sustainability trends to watch out for in 2018. Among these developments include:

Technology

Technology plays a big part in the advancement of sustainability. We hear of smart devices at home and cars driving in autopilot. In the midst of all these progress, how big of a factor does sustainability come into the picture?

Although not all tech facilities will be active jumping on sustainability, a good number would still contribute to the green movement.

Company contributions

Corporations have, without a doubt, started working on their own sustainability initiatives, for the simple fact that the benefits are felt; adding dependability for consumers to take notice.

The steady growth of more companies committing to sustainability would be felt in the coming years, not just on the local scene but on a more global scale.

Conflict of preferences

Any change that affects the growing majority, in reality will result in a significant “cultural divide” between those who in the green movement as opposed to those used in the status quo. As stated in the article:

“… expect a divide between those who do and those who don’t: do recycle, don’t eat meat; don’t stave off vampire electrics, do use plastic bags; don’t drive big cars, do carpool. Reduce/reuse from the Thrift Store or shop new at the Box Store? Fortunately, retailers will offer more sustainable products to attract both.“ (https://www.sustainability-academy.org/top-10-sustainability-trends-for-2018/)

Continued support for trends in sustainability

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.

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The Importance and Impact of Energy Efficient Buildings

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Nowadays when we discuss Energy Efficiency in Sustainability, we often hear discussions and suggestions on how to reduce the consumption of energy such as switching off the light when not in use, etc. And while this is all well and good, to be truly be effective in energy conservation, what we should focus more on is on the usage; meaning how we efficiently use the energy that is available for use.

Impact of buildings to our environment

According to a report from the International Energy Agency: “… space heating and cooling together with water heating are estimated to account for nearly 60% of global energy consumption in buildings. They therefore represent the largest opportunity to reduce buildings energy consumption, improve energy security and reduce CO2 emissions, particularly due to the fact that space and water heating provision in some countries is dominate by fossil fuels.”

With buildings accounting for nearly 60% of energy usage, it becomes important to make conscientious use of energy. By applying energy efficient methods in constructing buildings, not only is energy saved, but the overall costs will be reduced as well.

Efficiency Tips for Builders

As a good example of smart Energy efficiency for Buildings, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance website (http://energyefficiency.org) is a good resource for a number of Efficiency Tips to help in the design and construction of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings with the imperatives of energy efficiency in mind.

Some of the tips being mentioned include:

1. Considering companies committed to lessen fossil fuel energy linked with CO2 emissions when designing and constructing buildings.
2. Applying LEED certification for builders in order to satisfy green building standards and support energy efficiency.
3. Leveraging Green Tools that performs environmental evaluation, aims to meet green standards and does emergency management assessment.

In support of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

activehouse01Sharing 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.

Defining Sustainability in your Brand

With the surge of the importance of sustainability not just in our products, but also in the way we produce those products, it is easy for companies to claim sustainability. Certain products are easily identified as sustainable (think electric cars and stainless steel water bottles). However, our culture has increased the accountability of companies claiming to be sustainable, especially when you create a product that might not be immediately associated with a green, clean sustainable future. (Let’s face it, we all can’t make clothing from a straw bale, or shoes from old tires) But as a society, we want proof.

It’s no longer just about the products you make, or the way in which you make them. Now, sustainability is about who are as an organization and the belief and support system that illustrates to everyone you live and breathe sustainability as a culture. At PFB, our bottom line is underscored with the belief that we make sustainable products in the most sustainable way possible, by people who believe in making the most sustainable difference. Now we can easily sit behind a desk and write all sorts of press about our sustainability, but the proof is in the pudding so to speak. This is where the Global Reporting Initiative comes in to play. Every year we supply this organization with our sustainability numbers in our operations, and publicly post them to our website for all to see. Now you have a baseline to build from. Once you have the foundation of sustainability in your products and practices, turn your attention to people.

Who represents your brand? Your people do. So if you want sustainability associated with the definition of who you are as an organization, you start with the people. You may be surprised at the ideas percolating within your organization for ways to turn even the smallest every day activity into a sustainable action. Not only will you empower your employees to take initiatives and make a difference, but you create sustainability ambassadors, the same people who represent your brand, are an extension of your sustainability practices. When everyone is working towards a goal for change, when you have buy-in and support from those on the ground floor all the way to the top, it creates the culture of your brand. You now have living breathing messaging that your brand values the future and how your company impacts it.

A few years ago, PFB featured a sustainability initiative contest among all of its North American locations, imploring its people to think outside the box, and generate sustainability ideas that could be implemented within the organization. It was a hit. The participation was like no other contest before it. Why? Because the concept touched every single person regardless of whether they worked on the manufacturing floor or sales, human resources, and more. Sustainability touches every single one of us. When a corporation understands and listens to the ideas of all involved in the process, it broadens the scope of possibilities for change and enhances the belief in the brand.

People want to make a difference, and by implementing sustainability initiatives within your organization it helps show them they make an impact. I encourage you, no I CHALLENGE you to try it. Call out to the people who make your brand what it is. You will be surprised how innovative and creative your organization can be when you put your faith in the people who don’t just make your products, but make your brand, and therefore make a difference.

Want to see our sustainability reporting? Take a look today at http://www.pfbsustainability.com/envdata.html

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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