Because Fox Blocks’ parent company, Airlite Plastics, is making plastic products for multiple industries, there is a constant supply of first-generation recycled material. This material moves within our own facilities, reducing costs and making for a smaller carbon foot print. The resulting insulated foam and plastic ties are of a higher quality and have greater consistency. At Airlite Plastics, there are a large number of machine presses molding plastic products to specific tolerances. Anything that does not meet the specification for the different product specifications is set aside and designated as usable plastic waste (scrap) to be recycled. None of this plastic scrap leaves the plant, so there is ZERO plastic landfill contribution. These out-of-spec products are transferred under the same roof to the Recycling Area. While at the recycling station, the plastic scrap is mechanically ground into flakes, pelletized, and then put through a proprietary process to be remanufactured. This 1st generation recycled plastic is then transferred to the production machine presses to mold Fox Blocks ICF plastic webs and corner brackets. These fresh molded webs and corner brackets are then delivered to the EPS Division plant, on site, for placement into the foam molds that produce finished Fox Blocks Insulated Concrete Forms. This internal recycling process dramatically lowers the overall ICF manufacturing carbon footprint because there are minimal transportation costs, as everything is performed on site. So, Fox Blocks not only contributes to sustainability by constructing long-last buildings resilient to extreme weather events, we support sustainability and recycling in our manufacturing processes.
The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) developed LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a voluntary, consensus-based national standard to support and validate successful green building design, construction and operation. The LEED Green Building Rating System. is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings by the USGBC. Parex USA is a member of the USGBC.
Sustainability is an ongoing pursuit at Solus Decor. It begins with their concrete, a mixture of abundant materials with recycled ingredients such as fly ash and silica fume. In their production practices, they strive for a small footprint, recycling and reusing where possible, using certified lumber and recycled form materials, and drawing the bulk of their energy from human power. Solus Decor believes sustainability and longevity go hand-in-hand. This guides their mission to create enduring designs that will bring a lifetime of enjoyment and function.
For over a decade, Carolina Stalite Company has been providing the most specified and successful green roof growing media in the United States. Leaders in lightweight aggregate technology for sustainable horticulture, several award-winning green roofs in America utilize PermaTill as the growing media. Stalite Greenroof products meet all ASTM and FLL guidelines for greenroof growing media.
Sto manufactures several products that help reduce a building's overall impact on the environment and thus can contribute to a project's ability to earn points toward LEED certification. Sto offers coatings, waterproofing materials, repair mortars and surface preparation products that can be used to restore surfaces of many types, including masonry, cement block, and even painted surfaces. For a more extensive makeover, StoTherm™ Insulated Wall Claddings can also be applied over most surfaces, providing a new look with the added benefit of increased energy efficiency.