The Greenhouse Effect
Every day, people all over the world drive cars, run machinery and use equipment fueled by coal, oil and natural gas. The process of burning these fuels produces gaseous by-products. The three most common gaseous by-products produced this way are carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.
Luckily, trees and other vegetation capture some of these gases during photosynthesis, converting them into oxygen and rendering them harmless. Unfortunately, while we’re busy burning fossil fuels, we’re also hard at work clearing land and cutting down trees all over the world. In fact, over 1.2 million acres are cleared every week [Source: Rochen].
Rapidly Renewable Materials
This term is used a lot in green building circles, but what does it mean? Rapidly renewable materials are those whose growth cycle is less than 10 years. For example, cork flooring is growing in popularity every year because of its soft texture and unique look, but did you know its eco-friendly as well? Cork floors are made by scraping the bark off of cork trees. The tree doesn’t have to be cut down, its growth cycle isn’t interrupted, and the bark quickly regenerates.
SIP Building uses OSB
Other rapidly renewable materials include OSB for SIP building panels, linoleum, wool carpet, cotton insulation and bamboo flooring.
We’re dealing our planet a double blow by releasing these gases, then destroying the trees that would have helped to neutralize them. These greenhouse gases eventually migrate into the earth’s atmosphere and form a barrier that keeps waves of sunlight that have reached the earth from reflecting back out into the atmosphere. The heat from the trapped sunlight increases the earth’s temperature, creating global warming. Global warming not only affects temperature, but will also eventually change our weather and sea levels, and cause flooding that could devastate many areas.
Man Made Wood Supply that does not impact the Environment
OSB uses the wood from trees that grow quickly and sustain-ably, like aspen poplar, southern yellow pine and mixed hardwood species. The process of making OSB involves cutting the logs into strands that are then dried, organized and treated with wax and binders. To form panels, these strands are grouped into big sheets and pressurized at a high temperature.
Spartan purchases SIP panels from the SIP Mfg who sell the best quality and thickness of OSB and Foam. Sprtan builds with engineering analysis from 3D Architecture. The results are the exteriroir and interiror sheathing is OSB with FOam in between. This provides for LEED Green Energy Rating.
Spartan procures the best green products to match a performance-rated scale. Manufacturers want to make sure their product is strong, multi functional, uniform and workable. SIP panels comes in various sizes, usually ranging from 10 inch for Roofing and flooring, with 6 inch walls. Spartan can provide any size customer needs.
Spartan Buildings are designed to be 60 percent more energy efficient than other buildings and homes. This efficiency allows less fuels to be burned, and results in reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per year for each Spartan SIP house built in lieu of a regular house. In addition, because SIP homes encourage the use of sustainable harvested wood as well as recycled and rapidly renewable materials, they require fewer virgin resources be consumed.
Finally, Spartan designed homes use 30 percent less water than traditional homes through the use of low-flow fixtures, water cisterns, and efficient landscaping irrigation. This helps preserve our water supply and prevents waste of this resource, which is in such short supply in so many parts of the world.