A Modest Proposal for Dealing with Climate Change -- Build a New Home!
By choosing the right materials builders, architects and home owners can reduce greenhouse gas
emission by turning homes into carbon sinks.
Dayton, OH (PRWEB) February 25, 2010 -- The Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (CIMA)
announced a revolutionary new concept for creating energy efficient homes that offer the best solution to
minimize energy consumption, reduce the amount of paper going to landfills and limit carbon emissions
associated with construction and housing—Build Carbon Sink Homes.
“Cellulose insulation has been around and recognized for years as one of the most environmentally beneficial,
energy-saving building products available,” said CIMA Executive Director Dan Lea. “New research on the
benefits of wood and cellulose products in carbon sequestration are going to revolutionize how we think about
constructing new houses moving forward in the face of continuing pressure to conserve energy and reduce carbon
Carbon sinks are places where carbon is sequestered or trapped reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Mother Nature’s great carbon sinks are the vast oceans and forests that cover the planet. Plants have the most
effective method of removing carbon from the atmosphere—photosynthesis. When trees and other plants absorb
carbon dioxide and convert it into plant cells, the carbon is trapped or sequestered. This carbon will not reenter the
atmosphere until the wood or plant fiber is burned or decays over time.
Other occurrences, such as burning carbon based substances to create energy, or to produce industrial man-made
materials, cause carbon to be released into the Earth’s atmosphere. The result is the potential for carbon releases
in excess of what the natural carbon sequestration process can consume. Governments, scientists and consumers
around the world are focused on finding ways to sequester the carbon dioxide produced by humans to minimize
its release into the atmosphe