Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS)

Sep 16th, 2011

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Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS)

Advantages

  • Environmentally Friendly: Contains no dyes, formaldehyde or ozone-depleting HCFCs, may contain recycled material and is 100% recyclable.

 

  • Insect and Mold Resistant: Can be manufactured with an inert additive that deters termites and carpenter ants. Also, does not sustain mold and mildew growth.

 

  • Stable R-Value: Has no thermal drift. Designers are well served knowing that the thermal properties will remain stable over its entire service life.

 

  • Proven Performance: The same fundamental EPS chemistry has been in use since the mid-1950s, so the actual performance of the product is well known.

 

  • Water-Resistant: Does not readily absorb moisture from the environment.

 

  • Cost-Effective: Is typically less expensive than comparable insulation products.

 

  • Code Approvals: Is recognized by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), for numerous applications.

 


Description

Expanded Polystyrene Foam (EPS) insulation uses fossil fuels in the production of plastic resin as well as for processing, finishing, and transportation to make and deliver the product. Crude oil and natural gases are also used as raw material inputs for EPS. The greenhouse gasses related to the manufacturing and transportation of the product is an investment. The use of foam insulation on a building significantly increases the R-Values of walls and therefore saves energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions of the useful life of the building to save energy.

Technical and Code Information
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) isn’t just foam insulation; it’s also an innovative building material that meets the requirements for the design and structural integrity of many building projects. Since the 1950s, EPS has been recognized as a mainstream insulation material, but over the past decade, new applications using EPS have exploded. EPS now serves as a powerful design element in “greenbuilding practices”. Today the EPS industry uses highly sophisticated processes and technologies to manufacture cost-effective, environmentally responsible products.

EPS insulation products have been the subject of extensive research and evaluation over its lifespan. Encompassing a multitude of construction applications from roofing to below grade, the EPS industry stands behind its products with real-world test results. Research data from third party testing laboratories such as Oakridge National Laboratories, National Research Council of Canada, Florida Solar Energy Center, Intertek EL SEMKO and Structural Research, Inc. lend confidence to specifiers, architects and contractors alike.

Uses

Our insulation is successfully used in numerous commercial, industrial and residential applications. The following are examples of its many uses.

  • Commercial Roofing
  • Insulation
  • Architectural Shapes
  • Metal Roof Flute-Fill
  • Void Fill
  • Pre-cast/Pre-stressed
  • Concrete Panels
  • Foundations
  • Retaining Walls
  • Sheathing
  • Interior Wall Insulation
  • Exterior Insulation
  • Finishing Systems (EIFS)