WASTE & POLLUTION
- Off-site manufacturing to exact specifications ensures minimal waste.
- SIPs do not contain any VOCs or other harmful chemicals that can affect occupant health. The components used to make SIPs (foam, OSB and adhesive) meet some of the most stringent standards for indoor air quality including the American Lung Association’s Health House® indoor air quality standard.
- The expanded polystyrene foam at the core of Insulspan SIPs is free of HCFCs and HFCs, chemicals released into the air by some other types of insulation.
- Scrap EPS generated during the manufacturing process is recycled into new EPS products.
- OSB is manufactured from fast growing, underutilized, and often less expensive wood species grown in carefully managed forests. The OSB production process uses small wood chips and highly automated machinery, making OSB a highly efficient use of raw materials.
- Off-site timber crafting allows us to recycle any unused timber.
- We use cut-off’s to fuel our heating system to keep us warm at work through the tough Buffalo winters.
- Wood shavings are up-cycled to mulch our trees and gardens and also as bedding for pets (guinea pigs and hamsters love the stuff).
- Timber is a renewable resource. As Michael Green of Vancouver-based MG-Architects, famed for his impassioned pro-timber TED talk explains:
“Construction still accounts for a huge share of carbon emissions. But, while man-made building materials generate carbon in production, timber absorbs and stores it, at one ton per cubic meter. It requires less energy in processing. It’s renewable and delivers less energy greedy structures. It is the green building no-brainer.”