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Homeowner heats up his basement with PlastiSpan HD Hydronic Insulation

November 19, 2015

Plasti-Fab_WTagline_surveyLike most homeowners, Philippe Clairo disliked cold basements. So when he and his wife Cat Hackman had the chance to design a 2,300 sq. ft. custom residence, they went for a radiant heating system in the basement for complete comfort and energy performance.


“Coming from a house where our basement was always cold, we knew we wanted to heat the basement,” said Clairo. “I turned to Plasti-Fab and asked them if they had any products that could help us out.”


Plasti-Fab provided Clairo with PlastiSpan® HD hydronic insulation, a specialty product for radiant heating systems. The closed-cell rigid foam insulation is equipped as the first component in the radiant heating system to lessen heat loss beneath the floor system and provides uniform heat distribution. Unlike traditional radiant heating assemblies that depend on rebar and metal ties to affix the hydronic tubing, PlastiSpan HD hydronic insulation has pre-routed channels that hold tubing in place without any mechanical fasteners. Clairo, who saw the installation, observed the apparent advantage of PlastiSpan HD hydronic insulation over the traditional approach.

“With the floor installation, there was a little frustration from the trades at first, because they were not used to it,” he said. “But as soon as they got it, they installed it really fast. They said it took two hours instead of four to install the insulation.”


The efficiency of the radiant heating system backed by PlastiSpan HD hydronic insulation was paired with DuroFoam® insulation on below grade walls to produce a warm, comfortable basement that the whole family can enjoy. The lower level holds a recreation room, a small home theater, exercise area, and guest bedroom.

“In the basement, it is night and day with what we had before in terms of heat,” said Clairo. “Working with Plasti-Fab has been great,” he added. “The product was always on time, it was easy to install, and all the trades working here have been very impressed with it.”

Learn how you can use Plasti-Fab’s Hydronic Insulation for your home!

Insulspan® SIPs boost energy efficiency of cutting-edge Whistler condos

October 29, 2015

solana_6-october blog pic 1Rod Nadeau of Innovation Building Group has been designing and building energy-efficient homes for over 25 years. In Whistler, British Columbia, Nadeau undertook his latest project, the 26,000 sq. ft., 20-unit Solana condominium complex. Designed to be what Nadeau describes as a “home you can actually live in,” Solana features floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular mountain views and heated garages. Residents enjoy a 4,000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace with a barbeque, outdoor kitchen, and individual garden plots for each unit.

solana_6-october blog pic 2But the building’s defining characteristic is its exceptional interior comfort and low utility bills created by a high performance building envelope. Innovation Building Group selected the Insulspan® Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System for the exterior walls of the building to reduce thermal bridging and air leakage—two factors that cause heat loss and lead to
moisture issues in Whistler’s wet climate.

solana_6-october blog pic 3“We chose Insulspan SIPs for the walls because there is very little thermal bridging, you can pick the R-values, and they have virtually no air leakage,” said Nadeau. “It is one of the best ways to make an energy-efficient building.”

Insulspan SIPs provide a continuous core of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation and use less lumber framing to reduce thermal bridging (heat transfer) through wall and roof assemblies. Building with large panels also means better air tightness for even greater energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality. Insulspan’s design team worked closely with Nadeau to provide engineered drawings that were critical in the design phase and greatly expedited the installation process. All Insulspan products are covered by a CCMC Evaluation Report for easy code approval.

“Insulspan products have been around a long time, they’ve been proven, they’ve been engineered, and they’re easy for the guys to install,” said Nadeau.

“Innovation Building Group brings a high level of experience and knowledge in sustainable construction to this project,” said Insulspan SIP Sales Manager Dave Stevenson. “The combination of Insulspan SIPs and other technologies has dramatically reduced energy use and helped create a healthy, green building.”

Saskatechewan Crescent

October 22, 2015

Plasti-Fab GeoSpec® saves unstable slope along South Saskatchewan River


Three years ago, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan city officials discovered cracking in the pavement of the Saskatchewan Crescent roadway at the intersection of 17th Street East, a well-known thoroughfare that follows the South Saskatchewan River through the city. The problem was investigated by engineering firm Golder Associates and suspected the cracks were the first signs of a much bigger issue: the slope below the roadway descending to the riverbank was failing.

Golder Associates engineers hatched out a plan to sustain the slope aiding the road using expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam from Plasti-Fab. Used instead of soil or other lightweight fill materials, Plasti-Fab GeoSpec® lightweight fill material lowers the mass and associated gravitational forces on the sloped embankment.


Plasti-Fab GeoSpec is up to 100 times lighter than in-place soil and it granted project engineers the opportunity to sustain the failing slope next to the road surface, with nominal disturbance to the trees and vegetation along the riverbank.

“We did the analysis and looked at a variety of potential remediation options,” said Laurie McEachern, the project coordinator for Golder Associates. “The benefit of this design choice is that it reduces the loading at the crest of the slope because EPS is a lightweight material.”

“One of the key benefits of using EPS for this particular site was that the remediation plan involved minimizing the amount of trees that had to be removed along the riverbank,” McEachern added.”

Starting in September of 2013, working with GeoSpec permitted construction to advance seamlessly through the winter months. Since GeoSpec is made in large blocks, labor and overall construction time is minimized, allowing the roadway to be finished much quicker and with less traffic issues.

“By specifying GeoSpec lightweight fill material from Plasti-Fab, Golder Associates helped speed up the construction schedule and preserved the trees along the South Saskatchewan riverbank,” said Plasti-Fab Sales Representative Neil Henrikson.”


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Energy Efficiency Boost with Insulspan SIPs

September 24, 2015

Insulspan® SIPs boost energy efficiency of cutting-edge Whistler condos

For over two decades, Rod Nadeau of Innovation Building Group has been building and designing energy-efficient homes. His recent endeavor involves a 26,000 sq. ft., 20-unit Solana condominium complex which is located in Whistler, British Columbia.

Solana features floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular mountain views and heated garages. Residents of each unit enjoy a 4,000 sq. ft. rooftop terrace with a barbeque, outdoor kitchen, and individual garden plots.

An exceptional interior comfort and low utility bills created by a high performance building envelope is the building’s defining characteristic. Innovation Building Group has chosen Insulspan® Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System for the building’s exterior walls in order to lessen thermal bridging and air leakage – two factors that cause heat loss and lead to moisture problems during the Whistler’s wet climate.

Insulspan SIPs provide continuous expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation with minimal dimensional lumber studs that produce a thermal “bridge” of heat transfer to the outdoor structure. Building with large panels also means better air tightness  for even greater energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality.

 “We chose Insulspan SIPs for the walls because there is very little thermal bridging, you can pick the R-values, and they have virtually no air leakage,” said Nadeau.  “It is one of the best ways to make an energy-efficient building.”

Insulspan’s design team worked closely with Nadeau to provide engineered drawings that were critical in the design phase and greatly expedited the process of installation. All products from Insulspan are covered by a CCMC Evaluation so code approval becomes easy.

“Insulspan products have been around a long time, they’ve been proven, they’ve been engineered, and they’re easy for the guys to install,” said Nadeau.

“Innovation Building Group brings a high level of experience and knowledge in sustainable construction to this project,” said Insulspan SIPS Sales Manager Dave Stevenson.  “The combination of Insuspan SIPs and other technologies has dramatically reduced energy use and helped create a healthy, green building.”

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Green revolution with Insulspan SIP System

September 17, 2015

MEC new head office leads green revolution with Insulspan® SIP System

Outdoor retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) had built a truly inspiring and sustainable building in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In a city where all re-zoned space is required to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the headquarters has been designed to meet the rigorous level of LEED Platinum, one of the highest green building standards in the world.

The 112,000 sq. ft. office space uses just 30 percent of the energy of an equivalent building constructed to the 2011 National Model National Energy Code for Buildings.

 MEC had worked closely with architectural firm Proscenium to create a high performance building envelope that would maximize the effectiveness of the building’s other energy-saving features, such as a geothermal heating system, passive solar heating, and an innovative passive ventilation design with the goal of giving priority to energy efficiency.

The Insulspan® Structural Insulating Panel (SIP) System features a solid core of expanded polystrene insulation. By limiting the thermal bridging that occurs in traditional wood or metal frame wall construction, the Insulspan SIP system lessens heat loss for greater energy efficiency. Insulspan SIPs also cuts down on air leakage, further boosting energy efficiency and producing superior indoor air quality.

“High-performance building envelopes are essential to achieving our green building goals,” said MEC CFO Sandy Treagus. “Our previous experience with Insulspan’s Structural Insulating Panel System for our North Vancouver store made the decision to go with Insulspan for our new head office facility a no-brainer. The system is delivering the results we expected.”

MEC’s interior design reflects its culture of active, outdoor lifestyles, with bike storage for 128 bikes, a bouldering “cave” for resident climbers, and regular fitness and yoga classes in the large multipurpose room.

“It has been great working with a company like MEC that has such a clear vision and sustainable goals,” said Insulspan SIPS Sales Manager Dave Stevenson. “I’m happy that the Insulspan SIP system could help them meet their goal of LEED Platinum.”

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What does Sustainability mean to you?

September 15, 2015


What Sustainability means to you

What does Sustainability mean to you? As you can see in the Plasti-Fab blog below, we each have a different take on what Sustainability means to us. To learn more about the sustainability initiatives, visit the Plast-Fab website.

Originally posted on PFB Sustainability:

Sustainability defined

Nowadays, we hear the word “Sustainability” in the news we read or the articles we find. A check on the Wikipedia page defines sustainability as: ” ‘The capacity to endure.’ For us, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship and responsible resource management.”

Based on the definition, it discusses on a general level, the caring for the welfare of our surroundings on a long-term outlook. It also stresses the importance of being responsible for the resources we have, how we consume and manage it, and having the knowledge that these resources are vital for our very existence.

Going to a more specific aspect on a corporate level, the objective is trying to focus on providing a lasting value from consumer and employee by implementing green initiatives so that the business activities that are being carried out involves environmental factors and management.


What Sustainability means to you


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Plasti-Fab products receive GreenGuard Certification

July 27, 2015


As part of its commitment to quality and ongoing sustainability initiatives, Plasti-Fab has recently received GreenGuard Certification for its EPS insulation products. The certification has been accredited by UL Environment, an independent global safety science organization which continues to help companies for more than century by assisting with their process and procedures in accordance with established environment and safety standards.


Benefits of the Program

The GreenGuard Certification Program provides you with the confidence that the products made for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which provides healthier interiors. This means that manufacturers are able to develop and consumers are able to identify products and materials having low chemical emissions which helps improve air quality and the environment as a whole.

Achieving GreenGuard Certification adds credibility to a manufacturers’ sustainability claims, supporting them with scientific firsthand data from an unbiased, third-party organization.

Certification Process

When a manufacturer begins the process of GreenGuard Certification, UL Environment works closely with the manufacturer to create a specialized certification plan that takes into consideration their certification targets, unique product line, manufacturing procedures. A technical account manager offers dedicated customer service during the entirety of the certification process to ensure efficiency and accessibility for daily concerns. Final certification will involve submitting to the UL Environment the Application, Certification Plan and the Compliance Path. Certification will be awarded once all these requirements are met.

GreenGuard Gold standard

Plasti-Fab’s Certification level includes the GreenGuard Gold standard. This certification has a more strict evaluation criteria and puts into consideration the safety parameters for more sensitive individuals such as the elderly and children. This certification is referenced by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Building Rating System and also ensures that Plasti-Fab’s products are certified for use to both residential and commercial applications.

To learn more about the GreenGuard Certification program, visit the website by clicking here.

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