Foamex - Innovative Polystyrene

Subscribe to the Foamex blog to keep up-to-date with all the latest news, information, and developments regarding polystyrene.
Foamex

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.

Continue reading
1179 Hits
Foamex

Foamex oversized lettering joins the Christmas Light Show


Polystyrene Christmas Lettering

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.

Continue reading
1192 Hits
Foamex

Mind the Gap – Fill floorboard gaps to keep the hot air out this summer


Expol 0306

Did you know that many of the materials used in the construction of your house expand and contract over time due to seasonal changes and moisture levels? And, gaps in your floorboards can occur when wooden floors lose their moisture content due to changes in relative humidity. According to many floorboard manufacturers and installers, substantial gapping in the floorboards is a result of flooring that was installed during periods of higher humidity or simply age. 

Regardless of the reason why the gaps are there, for many homeowners they are the cause of substantial heating or cooling loss.

Continue reading
1378 Hits
Foamex

Foamex Expanded Polystyrene helps wall system achieve highest BAL rating


Unfortunately, many Australian homes are in areas prone to bushfire attack, and these homes and property are rated in terms of Bushfire Attack Levels, which in turn set minimum building guidelines. These guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of loss of life or damage to property in bushfire prone areas.

There are 6 bushfire attack levels in total, these are:

Continue reading
1685 Hits
Foamex

Foamex EPS at core of Casafico building system finalist nomination in innovation award


Casafico is a Victorian based construction company focused on manufacturing innovative building products with sustainable building practices at the forefront. These sustainable practices include the use of recycled raw materials, utilising locally sourced materials and saving materials from landfill. For over eight years, Casafico have been using Foamex recycled polystyrene in its coating formulations. Over the last 12 years, this practice has saved over 5,700 cubic metres of polystyrene from landfill.

Casafico have recently launched the Polystat Wall construction system, a pre-fabricated wall system that uses Foamex expanded polystyrene as the core of this innovation construction system.  The use of EPS in between the steel framework helps give the Polystat wall system 90/90/90-minute fire rating and the thermal efficiency is 4.17R -Value on all external walls.

Continue reading
1146 Hits
Foamex

Top tips on using Foamex Styroboard XPS to theme your Halloween house with oversized props


halloween002
halloween004

Love it or hate it, Halloween has been gaining popularity in Australia over the past decade. While many pundits claim this is the work of evil American TV shows and their influence over Australia’s youth, Halloween parties and trick or treating can be great fun.

This year, the official Halloween night falls on a Monday, which can limit the trick or treating or parties being held, but that shouldn’t really stop you from enjoying Halloween perhaps a few days early.

Continue reading
1602 Hits
Foamex

Recycling and Reuse across the supply chain for Foamex Diamond Pods


Constrution Demolition waste 2
constrution Demolition waste 4
Constrution Demolition waste

Did you know that buildings and their users are responsible for almost a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse emissions?

The energy embodied in existing buildings in Australia is equivalent to ten years of energy consumption for the nation, and the choice of materials and design principles has a large, but previously unrecognised, impact on the energy required to construct a building. 

Continue reading
1243 Hits
Foamex

Smart living: Can EPS be part of a 9-star house solution?


In 2011, Australia’s first 9-star energy rated house, , was built. Winner of the 2011 BPN Sustainability Award, the house, located in Melbourne, used a range of insulation smarts to achieve the high level thermal comfort needed to be rated at a 9-stars.

What is a 9-star energy rated house? 

Continue reading
1370 Hits
Foamex

Styroboard blocks for road embankments


Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) blocks may be used as a light fill material in road embankments or behind retaining structures in order to solve both stability and settlement problems due to soft subsoil conditions.   

Expanded Polystyrene blocks have been used in construction and building projects for over forty years, with uses ranging from civil engineering applications such as bridges, roads, and carparks, through to wall insulation in residential and commercial buildings, including cold storage. 

Continue reading
1449 Hits
Foamex

Port of Melbourne Project uses Foamex EPS Blocks to deliver lightweight fill solution



The Port of Melbourne Port Capacity Project is redeveloping Webb Dock to be able to operate as an international container handling facility. The project, with an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, includes construction of new roads to Webb Dock Drive and Kooringa Way located below the West Gate Bridge. 

An early part of the road project was to upgrade the pipe works beneath the road. Before the roads could be constructed, the project identified that a lightweight fill, layered on top of the pipes, would provide the best protection from the volume and weight of the traffic that would use these roads.

Continue reading
1616 Hits
Foamex

Foamex Diamond Pods Offer Quick Build Solution for Granny Flats

Foamex Diamond Pods Offer Quick Build Solution for Granny Flats

More and more home owners are discovering the benefits of secondary dwellings on their properties, creating a large market for builders able to meet the unique challenges.

Granny flats, once a flat roofed single room structure, have changed immensely as the demand for them increases. While a granny flat can be to meet the changing needs of your family, it can also be a clever investment strategy. Rental prices across Sydney show that rentals for granny flats are at $300 to $700-plus per week.

Continue reading
2103 Hits
Foamex

Foamex 'Shapes' Rooftop Green Gardens Into The Future

Foamex 'Shapes' Rooftop Green Gardens Into The Future

About 20 years ago, a green roof garden was something of a novelty. Today there are literally hundreds in our major cities, a trend driven by environmental awareness and moves by many local authorities to require such features in major projects.

This remarkable growth has brought with it greatly improved expertise in the area; making it more than just 'gardening in the sky'. Key to the success of a roof top garden, is the long term interaction of the garden with the building; including critical issues such as drainage, stability, waterproofing and insulation.

Continue reading
1936 Hits
Foamex

Weigh Up The Savings Of Building With Lightweight Construction Materials

Weigh Up The Savings Of Building With Lightweight Construction Materials

The benefits of building with lightweight construction materials may seem obvious but it really is worth looking closely at the differences that can be achieved in ease and speed of construction, cost savings, and results.

Top Benefits Of Building With Lightweight MaterialsReduced building costMuch faster constructionDesign flexibility, especially on difficult sitesReduced transport costsLower on-site labour and handling costsBetter for limited access sitesStrong environmental, acoustic and thermal qualitiesEnergy efficiency

Polystyrene building products have played an important role over the years in areas of Australian construction, ranging from essential energy saving insulation applications to superb finishing results that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with any other material.

Continue reading
2305 Hits
Foamex

Beyond 6 Star: Foamex Expol Underfloor Insulation Helps Achieve PassiveHaus Certification Breakthrough

Beyond 6 Star: Foamex Expol Underfloor Insulation Helps Achieve PassiveHaus Certification Breakthrough

Polystyrene helps to achieve the highest results in insulating homes, and can also deliver 6 star performance at a significantly lower cost than other building products. One of the most cost effective ways to achieve optimum insulation in walls, roof and floor slabs, polystyrene acts by minimising thermal bridges between rooms and the exterior.

A demonstration of what can be achieved using Foamex polystyrene can be seen in the first certified Passive House (PassiveHaus) completed in Auckland recently. This project utilised Foamex Expol Underfloor Insulation to deliver on the stringent regulations of Passive House. This German energy rating system is even more rigorous than the tightest in our country!

Continue reading
1333 Hits
Foamex

Challenging the norm for traditional construction

Challenging the norm for traditional construction

For years, we have referred to polystyrene as an alternative construction material, when in fact polystyrene has been around for over 60 years and is one of the most versatile and cost effective materials for building/construction applications because of its benefits in product, performance and recycling.

As pressures increase politically, environmentally and socially for zero carbon sustainable housing, the construction industry is now realising the potential of EPS as a preferred, long-term solution to new and increasingly demanding building regulations.EPS is now widely accepted as a key material to support the attainment of both thermal performance and the speed of build that will be required in order to meet these new demands.

Continue reading
1830 Hits
Foamex

Retrofitting to increase your home's energy efficiency

Retrofitting to increase your home's energy efficiency

The National Construction Code contains within it a 6 Star Standard in relation to thermal performance of a home or its renovation. 6 Star’s is the baseline for any new construction to achieve a high level of thermal energy performance and to be deemed energy efficient. The challenge for existing home owners is to make their home more energy efficient to meet this 6 Star Standard.

Polystyrene can play a major role in retrofitting an existing home in order to achieve the performances that new houses feature, and become 6-star energy rating compliant.Heating and cooling can account for more than 40% of a household's annual energy consumption and has a significant impact on a household’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.Proper insulation allows you to cool or heat your home to a comfortable temperature, turn off your heating or cooling appliance, and keep that temperature steady by preventing the air from leaking out.Building insulation is the most cost-effective way for households to significantly reduce the global warming effect of greenhouses gases by drastically reducing their household CO2 emissions.

Continue reading
1811 Hits
Foamex

Building green can increase asset value

Building green can increase asset value

A new report, World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth, has reported that Australia’s growth in green building projects is being led by the low-rise residential sector. For home owners who are building green, the report also found that globally, building owners report seeing a median increase of seven per cent in the asset value of their green buildings compared to traditional buildings whether it is a new building or a refurbished or retrofitted green one.

The same report also highlighted that fifty per cent of Australian respondents said that reducing energy use and protecting natural resources were the top environmental reasons for building green. A UK 2013 report highlighted that energy efficient improvements can increase the value of your home by 38%. While this seems like a very high figure, houses that are more energy efficient are certainly easier to sell and often fetch higher prices.

Continue reading
1932 Hits
Foamex

Using polystyrene solutions to beat the summer heat

Using polystyrene solutions to beat the summer heat

 

Find yourself sticking gel packs in between your bed mattress and fitted sheet this summer when trying to get to sleep? Good housing insulation can help regulate the indoor temperature of your home so it doesn’t feel like a sweat box each summer evening.Polystyrene is a natural insulator against temperature and noise. Not only does polystyrene insulation stop heat from entering the home, it also regulates the temperature inside the home by not allowing the cooled air to escape. It is estimated by the Australian Department of Industry and Science that insulation could save you up to 40% in heating and cooling bills. That’s because proper insulation allows you to cool or heat your home to a comfortable temperature, turn off your cooling or heating appliance, and keep that temperature steady by preventing the energy from leaking out.With proper insulation, you’ll be able to cool or heat your home to your desired temperature, and have your insulation keep that temperature consistent by preventing the energy from leaking out. This means that you’ll save on your energy bills as you’ll be less reliant on your energy or cooling solutions as the insulation will keep the cool air in for longer!

Continue reading
1758 Hits
Foamex

Achieving maximum star rating for your construction with Foamex Expanded & Extruded Polystyrene

Achieving maximum star rating for your construction with Foamex Expanded & Extruded Polystyrene

A six-star rating in construction indicates that a building achieves a high level of thermal energy performance. 

Choosing construction materials to ensure the building will meet the crucial six-star rating is of the utmost importance for architects, builders, and specifiers. Foamex expanded polystyrene is a high performance construction material that can play a major role in a six-star energy rating for your building project.The main benefit of aiming to achieve high star ratings is to build more energy efficient homes which in turn can have a direct impact on the cost of heating and cooling your home.Houses built in 1990 averaged about one star on the NatHERS scale, the house ratings scale system which uses computer simulations to determine the potential thermal comfort of Australian homes on a scale of zero to 10 stars.Before the introduction of national energy efficiency regulations for houses in 2003, less than one per cent of Australian houses achieved six stars. From November 2011, 6-Star equivalent became the minimum requirement for construction across Australia. Many well designed houses are now being built that are rated at seven stars or more.Foamex expanded polystyrene has recently been used to help building projects achieve 8+ stars. Positive Footprints, designers and builders of environmentally sustainable homes, used Foamex's Styroboard™ Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) to complete a construction project that achieved 8+ star rating.

Continue reading
1450 Hits
Foamex

Polystyrene helps to make movie magic

Polystyrene helps to make movie magic

 

Make up and costumes are all part of creating the theatre of special effects that goes hand in hand with making movies and television. The set and props are also a major feature in creating the right setting and often transporting the viewer into far away lands and times.Polystyrene has long been used as an ideal material for building movie sets and TV props. Its lightweight and moisture resistant nature makes it long lasting, easy to transport and easy to work with (shame the same can’t be said about working with children or animals!). Did you know…

Continue reading
1484 Hits
blog heading
15 December 2017
With temperatures this week and next going into Ch...
22 November 2017
When people think of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) fo...
18 October 2017
In the wake of the Grenfell disaster in London and...