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Plasti-Fab products receive GreenGuard Certification

July 27, 2015

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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.

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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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8 Reasons you Should be Building with Ready-To-Assemble SIPS from Insulspan

July 22, 2015

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Building an energy efficient home or commercial building is easier than one might think. Insulspan’s Ready to Assemble system allows for fast, efficient construction. Where else can you get a complete thermal envelope,  with all your windows and doors cut and ready in one place?

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    1. The Ready-to-Assemble (RTA) System is a COMPLETE SIP BUILDING SYSTEM.
      The Insulspan SIP System is an industry-leading ready-to-assemble (RTA) system that gives builders a real competitive edge over traditional stick frame construction. The RTA process reduces construction time and improves efficiency. Blueprints for your home are loaded into our computerized factory equipment, where Insulspan SIPs are manufactured to your exact specifications, then delivered to your location as a ready-to-assemble building system. Your home goes together like a 3D puzzle, with all the pieces delivered to your site exactly when you want them to.
    2. Professional on-site expertise is provided with every RTA system we deliver.
      Insulspan’s staff has a long history of on-site training and product knowledge. We don’t expect you to be the expert of our product, so let us help! We will send an advisor to your site, which can bring years of experience in the installation of Insulspan SIPS, to help guide you through the initial process until you are comfortable on your own.
    3. Insulspan SIPsIt’s Faster
      The RTA package includes the lumber already installed in your pre-cu panels for a one-stop shopping experience. No more random trips to the lumber yard! This method of installation also reduces site labor, saving time AND money, as well as reducing your build cycle. With every panel pre-cut and installation ready, it turns a conventional 3 week house build into a 3-day build. Your energy efficient thermal envelope is completed faster, getting you into your home or business ahead of schedule.
    4. It’s Easier
      Do you remember those paint by number projects we used to do as kids? Well think of the RTA package from Insulspan as a “House by Numbers” type of project. Panels arrive on site labelled, with lumber installed, wire chases cut and ready for sub-trades. You get a set of plans that show you what goes where based on the numbers and letters on each panel. Look at the plan, and you see the “A” Wall, you find the panels in your stack that say A-1, A-2, A-3 and so on, and up they go. With the lumber already installed at the connections, and in the window and door openings, it’s as easy as assembling the panels in order based on the drawings that Insulspan provides to you on site
    5. A for accuracy
      A main element of Insulspan’s RTA package is the complete and accurate design provided by our design staff. Known as the best shop drawings in the industry, Insulspan provides precise design to manufacturing to job site drawings based on your plans. Windows and doors are pre-cut and arrive on site with lumber installed, ready for assembly. Our design team optimizes the panel package to allow for minimal waste on the job site, saving you time and money.
    6. Cool Tools
      You have to admit a project goes much smoother when you have the right tools for the job. It’s far more difficult to build a table with a wrench than if you had a hammer and nails. So to make sure your Insulspan SIP system can be assembled in the most effective way possible, we send out lifting plates for your roof panels, fork extensions to move panels around and lift them into place with ease, and a tool called a hot wire cutter. The hot wire cutter allows you to relieve the foam where needed with minimal mess in a short amount of time
    7. Insulspan Structural Insulated Panels with Housewrap to enclose this home

      Insulspan Structural Insulated Panels with Housewrap to enclose this home

      Accessories!
      Just like every good outfit is complete when properly accessorized, the Insulspan RTA package includes the accessories for the complete installation of the thermal envelope. All the screws and fasteners needed to install the panels are included. Our panel screws and washers are tested for their sheer strength and provided to you based on the thickness of your panel package. Panel seal tape, foam, and adhesive are also included in the RTA package. During assembly, the adhesive is used at all the seams and connections. This not only adheres the materials, but acts as a gasket to prevent air and moisture movement. The Panel Seal tape is provided as a secondary barrier at the roof seams to prevent air and moisture movement. The foam provided is a 2-part high expansion foam that fills any gaps that may have occurred as a result of the install. It completely seals all areas with its high expansion rate, sealing the thermal envelope.

    8. It’s a Wrap
      With every RTA package Insulspan provides the house wrap to completely wrap the panels, creating a moisture and vapor barrier for the system.

Ready to Assemble YOUR project today? Give us a shout!
1-800-PANEL10 (1-800-726-3510)
Insulspan@insulspan.com

EnerSpan M-24: Boosting your R-value with premium insulation

July 8, 2015

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EnerSpan M-24: Boosting your R-value with premium insulation

EnerSpan™ M-24 insulation is manufactured using Neopor® provided by BASF, a graphite-enhanced (silver-gray in color) raw material,  that reduces radiation heat transfer resulting in higher thermal resistance (R-value) compared to standard CAN/ULC-S701, Type 2 EPS insulation therefore making it a premium product.


Why use EnerSpan M-24 Insulation: 

EnerSpan M-24 insulation board has an advantage of having all four of its edges shiplapped to ensure continuous insulation coverage. The closed cell structure of EnerSpan M-24 insulation contains only air so the R-value will not deteriorate over time. In addition, the closed cell structure of EnerSpan M-24 insulation resists water absorption so the higher R-value is retained even after direct exposure to water. The enhanced R-value is built to last and won’t deteriorate over time. The use of a graphite-enhanced raw material in the manufacture of EnerSpan M-24 insulation results in a constant R-value of R-4.53 per inch, a distinct premium over standard EPS. For a look at Plasti-Fab’s 100% Lifetime limited thermal warranty, click here.  Other advantages include its versatility and adaptability for different applications as well as its cost-effectiveness to R-value.

EnerSpan M-24 insulation can be used for these following applications:  Exterior Insulating Sheathing, Under Slab Insulation, Foundation Insulation and for Interior Basement Walls in your home. The product has a 100% R-value Warranty and installation methods are applicable as per local building codes..

For more information on Plasti-Fab’s EnerSpan M-24 insulation, click here.

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Don’t ask, don’t tell: radon gas in Canada

June 19, 2015

Plasti-Fab:

As you can see in Aaron’s blog below, Radon gas has become a hot topic as many begin to become more educated on the dangers of Radon gas and its presence in our homes and businesses.
Plasti-Fab and Radon Environmental have developed a key component in Radon gas mitigation, known as Radon Guard Insulation. Made with Plasti-Fab’s expanded polystyrene, Radon Guard Insulation aids in the mitigation of Radon gas, helping create healthier homes and environments.
To learn more about the Radon Guard Insulation and the key components in Radon mitigation, visit the Plasti-Fab web site.

Originally posted on arennie2015:

I came across an interesting article today, which was published back on June 1st 2015 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (www.cmaj.ca).  Written by Diane Kelsall (MD MEd), it calls sharp attention to the fact that Canadian lawmakers have done well to protect Canadians from harm by way of seat belt laws (saving estimated 1,000 lives a year) and smoke alarms (reducing fire related deaths to somewhere near 40 per million households a year) yet have been lax in regulating protection from radon gas, a proven carcinogen that causes thousands of death each year.  I supposed it’s sort of like the home owners and business owners I have met who say they don’t want to test for radon, because if the test comes back saying there are high levels present that means they have to do something about it.  Ignorance is bliss, they say, but does that apply when the topic at hand…

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Using DuroFoam to Insulate your Basement Floor

May 26, 2015

Written by: Melissa Carruthers

Many of you are familiar with our DuroFoam insulation product and the types of applications you can use it for. Essentially DuroFoam is PlastiSpan insulation but DuroFoam is laminated with a green side and a silver side. This allows for flexibility and durability in the product.

PlastiSpan and DuroFoam are closed-cell EPS insulations. PlastiSpan is available in 2′ x 8′ and 4′ x 8′ sheets; DuroFoam comes in 4′ x 8′ sheets. Both are suitable and recommended as the insulation component in the topic of our discussion: basement floors. They are both easy to cut and install.

Below is a video of our DuroFoam product being installed in a basement floor application. You will note they follow the same steps as spelled out for PlastiSpan.

For more information on Plasti-Fab’s DuroFoam insulation, visit: http://www.plastifab.com/homeowners/buildinghome/plastispan_duro/plastispan_durofoam.html

Building Safety Month = Radon Mitigation

May 20, 2015

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May is Building Safety month, and while that focus is partly directed towards safety goggles and power tool protocol, the concepts behind building a “safe” building are also gaining some exposure this month. Safe buildings = radon free buildings.

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and the leading cause among non-smokers. Several Canadian provinces have building code requirements in line with the National Building Code, which clearly define how to mitigate an interior space against radon gas.

Plasti-Fab has a key component within these mitigation systems, with their Radon Guard Insulation. It provides the space under the floor slab for the radon gas to move toward a vent stack, which diverts this deadly radioactive gas around interior spaces to vent harmlessly out the building roof.

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An added benefit of Plasti-Fab Radon Guard Insulation, is that it provides under slab insulation to your building! The typical method of using washed gravel does not – so our product will help in producing a warmer, more energy-efficient building, in addition to protecting against radon gas.

As the largest manufacturer of EPS insulation in Canada, Plasti-Fab has manufacturing and sales offices in Ontario and all Western Provinces.

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Building Energy Efficient Walls with Insulspan SIPs

May 19, 2015

Written by Aaron Hinde

You don’t have to take my word for it, Mike Holmes said so too! May is Building Safety month, and while that focus is partly directed towards safety goggles and power tool protocol, the concepts behind building a “safe” building are also gaining some exposure this month. Safe buildings = radon free buildings. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada, and the leading cause among non-smokers. Several Canadian provinces have building code requirements in line with the National Building Code, which clearly define how to mitigate an interior space against radon gas. Plasti-Fab has a key component within these mitigation systems, with their Radon Guard Insulation. It provides the space under the floor slab for the radon gas to move toward a vent stack, which diverts this deadly radioactive gas around interior spaces to vent harmlessly out the building roof. An added benefit of Plasti-Fab Radon Guard Insulation, is that it provides under slab insulation to your building! The typical method of using washed gravel does not – so our product will help in producing a warmer, more energy-efficient building, in addition to protecting against radon gas. As the largest manufacturer of EPS insulation in Canada, Plasti-Fab has manufacturing and sales offices in Ontario and all Western Provinces. Check out their website for more product details, and also this link from Mr. Holmes about Building safety and Radon gas! http://www.plastifab.com Mike Holmes: Don’t wait for accidents to happen, prevent them.

Red Wood Terrace by Insulspan SIP by Design
Our design process reduces construction time and improves efficiency. Blueprints for your home are loaded into our computerized factory equipment, where Insulspan SIPs are manufactured to your exact specifications, then delivered to your location as a ready-to-assemble building system.

Energy Efficiency
Higher R-value keeps conditioned air in. The R-value of a wall is a measure of its ability to keep heat from flowing through it. Higher R-value for walls means less heat loss from the interior or gain from the exterior means less energy needed for heating and cooling. The Insulspan closed cavity wall design limits air movement. The continuous core of EPS insulation in an Insulspan SIP vastly reduces air leakage and heat loss, while also allowing better control of indoor air quality.

SIPs under Construction
Insulspan delivers a full ready-to-assemble package for your walls where we do a complete HSB wall layout showing all connection and lumber detailing. The panels are cut with precise CNC equipment to meet specified tight tolerances. The walls come to the job site with all splines, corners and window and door bucking installed to make installation fast and accurate. The top and bottom plates are supplied and installed in the field to make for connections between top and bottoms of the panels. Insulspan cuts all lumber at connection points for the wire chases saving you the time in the field.

Insulspan tries to do everything in the factory setting and throughout design to save you time and money during the installation process. We also use the highest quality of adhesives and material to assure you receive the highest quality product the market can offer.

So in short, by using our structural insulating panel system, you have built an incredibly energy efficient, higher quality wall system.

Tips & Tricks
To see our product in action, and learn some of the tips and tricks used by the pros, check out our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE604FB4BC11E368B&feature=plcp

SIPs are just one of the methods available to help create the most energy efficient home.

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