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Foamex supports national audit into cladding materials

In the wake of the Grenfell disaster in London and similar Melbourne Lacrosse building fire in 2014, the Australian media and local and state Government bodies have been driving investigations into potential buildings in Australia that could face the same dangers.

The material in question in the Grenfell disaster and the Melbourne Lacrosse building was aluminium sheeting bonded to a polyethylene core (PE). The use of polyethylene core (PE) has been linked to major building fires in other countries. 

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This Halloween, save a pumpkin!

When you mention ‘Halloween’, most people associate the holiday with being American only, specifically North American. However, while it is celebrated strongly in the US, its origins go back further than you would expect to ancient Celtic times in the UK. While this holiday is not as big in Australia as it is in the US, Halloween has started to gain traction, and each year it’s getting a little bigger. 

One decoration that is synonymous with Halloween is the carved pumpkin, or Jack-O-Lantern. While the traditional method involves carving out specially grown pumpkins, a cleaner, more modern approach is the use of foam to create Halloween pumpkins. Not only is this a great way in which to create decorations that last, the kids can also get involved with decorating, provided there is an adult available to supervise. 

How you carve and decorate your foam pumpkin is completely up to you, but here are some images of carved foam pumpkins that may provide some inspiration for you.

Foam pumpkins can be easily painted and decorated to suit your needs. Below you will find some very real looking foam pumpkins that have intricate designs carved in to them. 


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However, your foam decorations do not have to just be restricted to pumpkins. For those who want to take it a little further, you can always try for larger, and more impressive props to scare the kids, and hopefully adults, this Halloween. Like the below:


 Frankenstein Foam Pillars 

No matter what type of decoration you are wanting to create, Foamex has the perfect foam for whatever your project may be. 

IMAGE SOURCES  supplied by user SavageEye on the ‘Halloween Forum’ under the ‘Halloween props’ section Pinterest Supplied by user ‘Vikeman’


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Make a meal of it – growth of prepared meal delivery sector

A quick scan of delivery vans in suburban streets shows the vast array of food businesses who have tapped into the delivery of prepared meals. Lite n’ Easy, Marley Spoon, You Foodz, Menu Log, Fresh Meals 2 u and the list goes on.

According to IBIS World research, demand for delivered prepared meals has increased over the past five years, as busier lifestyles have reduced the time consumers have to cook for themselves. 

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Innovative Council using Waffle pods to address construction cost challenges

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The job of maintaining and upgrading local roads, bridges and waterways is a constant challenge for local Councils, a balance between delivering good services for their community while working within budgets and timeframes.

Recently, MidCoast Council in NSW presented an innovative solution at the 2017 Association of Public Authority Surveyors NSW conference where they have used polystyrene waffle pods in a world’s first culvert construction method. 

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Extruded Polystyrene the victor in the fight against mould


Mould is a problem that not only affects the appearance of your home, but it can also have severe effects on the occupants living within. Mould is typically found in dark, damp, warm spaces and can start growing within 24-48 hours of the right conditions being present.

The most important element that mould needs to grow is moisture. Even if your home is well ventilated, if it has been raining for several days in a row, mould may be able to take hold due to the constant moisture in the air. 

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Fire rating of polystyrene used in EXPOL Underfloor Insulation

Foamex has been a long time member of EPSA, the peak body for manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Australia and as such supports their recent media statement surrounding the materials used in the devastating Grenfell Tower building fire in the UK.

In the statement, EPSA alleviated the concerns that many people have had recently around EPS manufactured in Australia. 

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What happens to Expol in the case of a fire?

This is one question we get asked about a lot by our customers, and in light of recent overseas events, it is an important one.

EXPOL Underfloor Insulation has a fire retardant component built into every panel; which means when the panels are exposed to a small flame source, they will shrink away from the naked flame. When the flame is completely removed or extinguished, so too will the EXPOL underfloor insulation. So Expol does not add fuel to the fire.

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Efficiency and sustainability go hand-in-hand

Building sites can be a bustling hub of activity any time of the day. Filled with tradies, their apprentices, site supervisors and vehicles of all different shapes and sizes, jostling for limited space to get their work done. Which is why it’s important that great care is taken in ensuring a safe and efficient work site. But for this to happen, everyone on-site, or visiting, needs to play their part in making this happen. That’s why Foamex goes to great lengths to contribute to a well-run site.


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Why well insulated homes start at the edge

Slab edge can be responsible for approximately 80% of the slab’s total heat loss1,  with further research showing that thermal resistance does not significantly improve by fully extending the insulation under the slab or by increasing the thickness of the insulation under the slab.  The reason being that, with no insulation on the perimeter foundations, most of the heat is conducted along the slab2 and out through the exterior face of the footing.

This suggests that insulating slab edges is far more effective for preventing heat loss than insulating the underside of the slab.

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Foam, huh, yeah, what is it good for?

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Foam is a funny product. A soon as it’s mentioned most of us will automatically picture white chunks of packing foam that come with our electricals, white goods or in its ‘box’ form, used to transport foods that need to be packed with ice and kept cold.

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Underfloor Insulation – Keep the heat under your feet

With winter fast approaching, your thoughts are probably turning towards how to keep your house warm, without breaking the bank. 

There are many options you could choose. If you are wanting to heat a small room, you could use a portable electric heater. Their efficiency lays in being able to heat small areas quickly, however they can be expense to run. 

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Why home insulation matters all year round

It’s common knowledge that living expenses are not just high, but getting higher. Everything from running your car (petrol and insurance I’m looking at you) to the dreaded energy bill every quarter. That’s why households everywhere are trying to find ways in which money can be saved on everyday utilities and costs. 

The main culprits that draw shivers of fear when considered being used are the humble air conditioner or heater. Found lurking in the darkest corners of your room or mounted chameleon-like on walls, when turned on you can swear you hear your money being drained from your bank account to the rhythm of their warm or cooling breath.  It’s for this reason home insulation is vitally important all year round. 

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Reduce the risk of foundation damage

Foamex Diamond Pods are specifically designed for the residential, commercial and industrial construction market. Their revolutionary design reduces costs for concrete pouring and saves time in the laying of the foundation. But more than this, it also reduces the risk of future foundation damage. 

Concrete slabs can crack and move within the soil as a result of heat, humidity and wet weather. A flow on affect are the tell-tale signs of a cracked foundation, such as cracked walls and doors not closing properly. If left untreated for too long, repair work and costs can grow exponentially. 

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SPASA Pool and Spa Expo 2017

Foamex is thrilled to have be involved in the design of the Show Garden for SPASA Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living. Below is feedback from the SPASA organisers and a video of the display itself.

"This display would not have been possible without your support, time and effort. It is an incredibly busy time of year and we greatly appreciate each and everything your company has done to make the Show Garden possible. 

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Polystyrene Giant Gorilla Skulls promotes Kong: Skull Island at Melb Train Station

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A giant skull made from polystyrene is currently on display at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station for the entire month of March

The six metre tall skull is part of a promotion for the new movie Kong: Skull Island. The polystyrene for the six metre skull was supplied to Industrial Carving who were working for te advertising agency charged with promoting the movie.  

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High compressive strength of polystyrene confirmed

The use of building materials has changed from one material to another over time thanks to ongoing technological advancements. This has led to the production and use of polystyrene blocks in building construction. 

One of the most important properties of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) as a building product is its resistance to compressive stresses, which increase as the density becomes higher. [1]

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Expanded polystyrene recovery, recycling and reuse

In Australia, approximately 45,0001 tonnes of expanded polystyrene (EPS) is produced and used each year. 

Much of this EPS is embedded in long-term use, such as waffle pods used in housing construction, EPS blocks for road embankments, and in engineering/manufacturing components. 

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The forgotten art of style – polystyrene architectural mouldings

With most new builds and renovation projects use rendering to give a modern finish to your home, architectural mouldings can add a welcoming layer of style, class and curb appeal to your home’s exterior.

Architectural mouldings can provide a design focal point by contouring or outlining edges and surfaces such as a cornice, architrave, capital, arch, base, or jamb. The surface of a moulding is modelled with recesses and reliefs, which either maintain a constant profile or are set in rhythmically repeated patterns. 

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Sustainable home construction and polystyrene

The aim of sustainable home construction is to create a comfortable home with low impact on the environment which is economical to run, healthier to live in, and adaptable to your changing needs. 

Sustainable home design and construction has put a new emphasis on the use and benefits of expanded polystyrene insulated homes.  The demand for more efficient, energy saving and sustainable homes has led to great innovations using expanded polystyrene.

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Foamex oversized lettering joins the Christmas Light Show

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Lights to music, lights that can be seen from planes and displays that eclipse suburbs as cars queue to watch their kids’ faces see Santa and his reindeer come to life. Light shows in suburban neighbours at this time of year put the Griswold’s Christmas to shame.

A very clever and creative Foamex customer has made 3D lettering from polystyrene blocks and made it part of their annual Christmas light show.

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18 October 2017
In the wake of the Grenfell disaster in London and...
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