Energy Used in Making PFB Products vs. Energy Saved by Consumers

The energy savings potential from using PFB’s insulating products over the expected lifetime of those products (assumed to be 50 years) exceeds the amount of energy consumed in the manufacturing process by a ratio of approximately 120:1.

(1) Estimated energy savings due to the installation of PFB foam insulation products per unit mass. Estimates based on data in “Energy and Greenhouse Gas Savings for EPS Foam Insulation Applied to Exterior Walls of Single Family Residential Housing In the U.S. and Canada”, Franklin Associates Ltd. February 2009. Energy savings based on reduction in heating when insulation installed as per assumptions in the Franklin report. Note that other insulation materials will provide equivalent reduction in energy and GHG savings if installed to the same level of thermal performance.

(2) Production energy includes embodied energy in raw materials as per “Energy and Environmental Profile of the US Chemical Industry” (May 2000 by Energetics Inc. for US Department of Energy) and direct production energy to manufacture in process raw materials and finished products.

Direct Energy

We measure and monitor the total amount of electricity, natural gas and biomass fuel consumed by our operations. Increases in both electricity and combustion fuels in 2016 and 2017 were due to additional facilities coming on board and increased production levels in several geographical regions.

Notes - Electricity (gray bars) read off right vertical axis, fuel consumption (blue bars) refer to left vertical axis. Fuel refers to use of natural gas and biomass to create steam for production process and heat for general building heat and process heat.

Water Consumption

Water consumption was significantly reduced in 2017 over previous years due to conservation efforts. Two significant projects resulted in most of the decrease; installation of closed loop cooling water system in Plasti-Fab BC EPS foam manufacturing facility and implementation of a conditioning and reuse of process water in our Polymer Plant in Alberta.

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