Our supply chain links are with major corporations that support the Responsible Care® Initiative. At the interface with them, our operating practices are subject to audit by them. Which helps the industry to operate safely, profitably and with care for future generations. We train and expect our employees to be experts in their field. We support numerous industry trade associations and expect our employees to participate in them including Expanded Polystyrene Manufacturers Association (EPSMA), Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Construction Specifications Canada, local Home Builders Associations, local Built Green programs, regional building supply associations, regional roofing associations. We are active in our communities. To ensure the appropriate use of our products we provide on-site technical advisory services and product knowledge training to our customers. We provide professional instruction courses for credit with Architectural AIA, as well as ICF University and SIP School for builders, and Home Planning Seminars for consumers.
Greenguard Certification Program
As the demand for healthier, more sustainable products continues to expand, consumers and building industry professionals increasingly demand substantiation of product sustainability claims and rely on trustworthy third-party certifiers to guide purchasing and specification decisions. GREENGUARD Certification provides the market with solutions and resources to identify products with lower chemical emissions, and provides manufacturers with credible tools to legitimize and promote their sustainability efforts.
GREENGUARD Gold Certification
GREENGUARD Gold Certification (formerly known as GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification) offers stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. It is referenced by both The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System.
GREENGUARD Certification is part of UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories). GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers create--and helps buyers identify--interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. UL Environment acquired GREENGUARD in 2011, further advancing its mission of promoting global sustainability, environmental health, and safety.
Please visit www.greenguard.org/en/certificationprograms.aspx for more information.
Habitat for Humanity Owen Sound
PFB Corporation participated in a Habitat for Humanity project located in Owen Sound, Ontario where twenty Grey-Bruce students helped build housing as part of a fast-tracked carpentry apprenticeship pilot program at Georgian College.
Three duplex dwellings were built. All the exterior walls and adjoining walls of the three duplexes were made of the Advantage ICF System which, when filled with concrete provided a solid concrete building enclosure. Using the Advantage ICF System for the walls of this project will reduce heating and cooling operating costs from conventional construction.
Okanagan Home for Learning Project
PFB is proud to be a sponsor of the 2007 South Okanagan Home for Learning Project, where we supplied PlastiSpan under slab insulation and Advantage ICF System.
The Home for Learning project provided college students the opportunity to expand their skills and their knowledge of energy efficient building systems. This home is Built Green certified and meets federal R-2000 and EnerGuide ratings. The project won several provincial Environmental Awards.
Skilled building professionals, with knowledge of new insulation solutions, are in very high demand. PFB is pleased to help the students of the Okanagan College Trades and Apprenticeship Programs improve their skills and enhance their marketability.
Michigan’s first platinum-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award has been awarded to “Burnside’s Inn,” a home designed by Riverbend Timber Framing, in Blissfield , and built by Robert Burnside’s Fireside Home Construction company. The LEED Green Building Rating System, nationally recognized benchmark for high-performance green buildings, bases its certifications on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. PFB believes that our Better Building Ideas products, when used in the construction of the building envelope, are an enabling technology that supports the certification of LEED designed buildings and Net Zero Energy houses.
PFB Involvement in Recent LEED Projects
PFB has been involved in a number of LEED projects across North America which are outlined in more detail on our websites. Please visit www.PFBCorp.com for more information.
Net Zero Energy Home
Two noteworthy research and demonstration projects in which PFB participated by providing Insulspan SIPS panels, are to the BASF NZE Demonstration House in Patterson, New Jersey and to a Habitat for Humanity research project at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The objective for a NZE house is to balance, over a year time horizon, the generation of energy by the structure with consumption of energy in the structure. The energy efficiency of PFB products makes them enabling technologies in NZE building construction.
PFB Corporation has been actively involved with several charitable organizations. A recent partnership has formed with The Holmes Foundation. Having worked with Mike Holmes on an episode of his show, we had a chance to see firsthand how passionate he is about the industry. This was a natural fit because his concern for well-trained tradesmen supports our jobsite training initiatives. PFB donated a percentage of our sales from a local trade show to the Holmes Foundation.
Net Zero Energy Homes by Effect Home Builders
A video from Effect Home Builders has recently been released that discusses the benefits of owning a sustainable home.
The saveONenergy conservation
Sustainability is an endeavor that affects us globally, but sustainable practices on the local level can be done in different ways and methods.
Sustainability in everyday living
Sustainability with regards to the ecological aspect is essentially defined as the “ability to sustain our way of living in our environment”.
The Global Reporting Initiative
Corporate Sustainability Reporting has steadily gained traction as part of a company’s reporting plan. In order to ensure the high quality of these reports, organizations have referred to the guidelines set by the Global Reporting Initiative.
Comparing Passive House with Active House
A Passive House is an energy-efficient building standard that is well-known in Europe and gaining popularity in North America.
All employees receive health and safety orientation, a safety manual and extensive training when they commence their employment and throughout their career with PFB. PFB is committed to ensuring that all employees are properly trained to complete each and every task in a safe and timely manner.
Health and Safety Committees comprised of hourly, salaried and management representatives meet regularly to review results and develop improvements in safe work procedures.
PFB offers an educational reimbursement program for employees to support individual education and development.
Training employees is a key component in enhancing our future success in delivering our brand promise and generating results aligned with our sustainability focus. We offer competency-based training and development opportunities anchored to individual developmental goals coupled with job profiles, career progression and performance management processes.
Employees receive a comprehensive and competitive benefit package paid by the company.