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Get Spooky On Halloween with Foamex Styroboard XPS

Get Spooky On Halloween with Foamex Styroboard XPS
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The end of October marks the spookiest occasion of the year – Halloween. And whilst the night of frights is not native to Australian shores, there is a still a bit of fun to be had when you throw Foamex into the mix.

Creating Halloween props (or props for any occasion) add to the sense of fun and can theme an otherwise empty space just how you want it. Tombstones, axes, coffins and more can all be created from Styroboard XPS. 

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Long term performance and durability of Expanded Polystyrene for civil engineering projects confirmed

Long term performance and durability of Expanded Polystyrene for civil engineering projects confirmed

 

Expanded Polystyrene blocks have been used in construction and building projects for over forty years, uses ranging from civil engineering applications such as bridges, roads, and carparks to their use as insulation in residential and commercial buildings as well as cold storage.One such project that has been monitored and reported on over many years is the Norwegian Public Roads Authorities. In 1972, they adopted the use of EPS as a super light filling material in road embankments.The first project involved the successful reconstruction of road fills adjacent to a bridge founded on piles to firm ground. Prior to reconstruction the fills, resting on a 3 m thick layer of peat above 10 m of soft marine clay, experienced a settlement rate of more than 200 mm per year. By replacing 1 m of ordinary fill material with two layers of EPS blocks, each layer with 0.5 m thickness, the settlements were successfully halted. When placed the EPS blocks had a density nearly 100 times lighter than the replaced materials. Since then authorities in several countries have also found the method advantageous for building roads across soft ground and for other construction purposes where low loads are essential. In addition to reduced vertical loads, advantages from using EPS may also include reduced horizontal loads, simplified designs, foundations on EPS and increased speed and ease of performing construction activities. The method is now in common use in several countries in Europe, Asia and North America. At present more than 350 road projects involving EPS fills have been completed in Norway with a volume of totalling some 500,000 m3 of EPS blocks.The extensive use and testing of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) as a lightweight filling material for civil engineering projects such and road embankments and bridges in Norway and many other regions has seen both a wider use on a global scale and the introduction of a number of different design applications. These tests show that in addition to reduced vertical loads, advantages from using EPS may also include reduced horizontal loads, simplified designs, foundations placed directly on EPS blocks and increased speed and ease of performing construction activities.As the innate cellular structure of expanded polystyrene makes it dimensionally stable, EPS will not deteriorate with age when protected in situ from direct contact or exposure with solvents, temperature extremes, incorrect mechanical load and UV light. The study undertaken in Norway monitoring the effects of time on the performance of EPS have concluded that no deficiency effects are to be expected from EPS fills placed in the ground for a normal life cycle of 100 years.

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Australian made Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) for guaranteed strength and durability

Australian made Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) for guaranteed strength and durability

Foamex Polystyrene is continually leading the way in developing innovative, green building products that deliver superior performance and strength, and Styroboard XPS is a testament to this innovation. 

Foamex’s Styroboard XPS is 100% Australian made and produced on extruding machines in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Victoria. With Styroboard XPS you can be guaranteed of the high quality, strength and durability of these polystyrene boards. Due to its high compressive strength and superior thermal performance, Styroboard XPS has long been the material of choice for home builders, architects and specifiers across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. A strong, yet lightweight and flexible insulation solution, Styroboard XPS is resistant to water absorption and maintains its its thermal and physical properties, even in inclement weather, making it a perfectly robust building material.Styroboard XPS is produced with no refrigerants and is HCFC free, making it a truly green building product. With Styroboard XPS you can reduce fluctuations and limit external temperature influences, meaning less need for reliance on air-conditioning and electricity.

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Foamex XPS contributes to Canberra’s first Passivhaus project

Foamex XPS contributes to Canberra’s first Passivhaus project

The Jerrabomberra Tennis Facility is a showcase of Passive House (German: Passivhaus) and Low-e technologies encapsulated within a factory pre-fabricated high-performance building. 

Laros Technologies completed the tennis facility, affectionately known as the architectural esky, as a pro-bono project and showcased the complete suite of Passivhaus solutions. As such, they invited Foamex to assist with the supply of 200-m2 of 50mm high-performance Foamex XPS rigid insulation board as seamless under-slab insulation solution for this simple but special building.

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Properties of Expanded Polystyrene

Properties of Expanded Polystyrene

Expanded polystyrene is widely used in building and construction as its inherent strength, durability, and thermal insulation properties make it an ideal choice for energy efficient buildings.

Foamex polystyrene building products make a major contribution to the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of construction as well as contributing to the sustainability of completed projects.Light WeightComprised of about 98 percent air, expanded polystyrene is extremely lightweight, making it ideal for transport and installation. According to Expanded Polystyrene Australia, the lightweight nature of expanded polystyrene means energy consumption for transport fuel is also reduced and vehicle emissions minimised – all contributing to minimising global warming.Moisture ResistantEPS is a closed cell material and does not readily absorb water. Even when subjected to prolonged saturation in water, EPS will still maintain its shape, size, structure, and physical appearance and will retain 80% of its thermal value.DurabilityThe cellular structure of expanded polystyrene makes it dimensionally stable and therefore does not deteriorate with age. A study undertaken in Norway monitoring the effects of time on the performance of EPS have concluded that no deficiency effects are to be expected from EPS fills placed in the ground for a normal life cycle of 100 years.Thermal EfficiencyWhen compared to brick veneer, there’s no doubt that expanded polystyrene has superior thermal properties. This is quantified through the “R-value” of the two materials, or thermal resistance, which is an approximate measurement of how much the material impedes the transfer of heat.According to the Australian Government’s Your Home website, traditional brick veneer walls offer a R-value of 0.45 which does not meet the recommended levels of thermal resistance according to Choice. Depending on your choice of thickness for expanded polystyrene, this translates to being only between 18% and 45% as effective as expanded polystyrene which has an R-value of up to 2.78.VersatilityEPS can be manufactured to almost any shape or size, or it can be easily cut and shaped when required to suit any application. Widely used across a number of building applications, Styroboard EPS is a versatile and well proven construction material.On-Site Ease of UseFor building and construction applications, EPS is widely considered to be one of the easiest materials to install on site thanks to its versatility and lightweight properties.Environmental SustainabilityThe manufacture of Styroboard EPS produces no ozone depleting gases and uses no chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

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Benefits of foam insulation panels for building and renovating

Benefits of foam insulation panels for building and renovating

Foam insulation panels for building and renovating are a well-tested and proven modern building technology that offers builders and home owners a wide range of benefits. 

Expanded polystyrene building sheets are a highly versatile material ideal for the building and construction industries. 

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Waffle Pod Slab to help achieve 6-star rating

Waffle Pod Slab to help achieve 6-star rating

 

Waffle pod slab build houses are becoming just as common as traditional pour slabs as home owners and builders try to achieve important 6-star and above ratings. 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.Industry body Expanded Polystyrene Australia cite the use of waffle pod systems to have contributed to a revolution in slab construction methods as well as to the Australian construction industry building more energy efficient houses.“The inclusion of EPS Pods in a slab adds an insulation benefit up to R 1.0 (w/mK thermal resistance). This benefit reduces energy consumption in the house and when multiplied by the many houses that have used them has a significant effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions thus making a very positive contribution to the environment.” Designed specifically for residential, commercial and industrial markets, Foamex Diamond Pods is a strong yet lightweight polystyrene waffle pod void former system for concrete slabs.The natural air pockets in the expanded polystyrene of this waffle pod slab system allows for a higher level of insulation to be achieved over traditional slab methods.For more information regarding our unique polystyrene waffle pod void former system, download a brochure or contact your local Foamex office.

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Does increased energy efficiency help on auction day?

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As home owners become savvier about energy efficient homes and the long term savings they can make in terms of heating and cooling costs, having a home that is already energy efficient is a very attractive selling point. By updating your home with extra layers of polystyrene insulation, such as Expol underfloor insulation, or by renovating or extending using polystyrene boards which have much more thermal properties than bricks, you could also be adding value to your home come auction day.Heating and cooling your home make up the largest factor in your home’s energy consumption. According to the YourHome website, heating and cooling account for approximately 40 per cent of your total energy usage, so it makes sense to do what you can to increase the thermal properties of your home.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. A local study by carried out by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts set out to look at whether a relationship exists between the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) of a house and the sale price. The report found that if a house has a higher EER than another house, but in all other respects are the same, the house with the higher EER will command a higher price.Take advantage of the long-term savings that a well-insulated home offers as well as the increased value in your property by contacting Foamex today!

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Improve the thermal performance of your home with EPS

Improve the thermal performance of your home with EPS

When choosing to renovate or extend your home, the planning stage can be extensive before any building works even begin. All too often energy efficiency doesn’t get factored into the planning, instead focusing on the design and increase in floor space. However, home renovation or extension is the ideal time to improve the energy efficiency of your home for long term gain. Expanded polystyrene is the ideal solution for building. Lightweight, strong and clean, polystyrene sheets for building are also highly valued for their thermal properties, providing think layers of insulation from temperature and noise. Performance wise, EPS has much better thermal properties than traditional brick veneer and is highly weather and moisture resistant when installed correctly. Traditional brick veneer walls offer a R-value of 0.45 which does not meet the recommended levels of thermal resistance. Depending on your choice of thickness for expanded polystyrene, this translates to being only between 18% and 45% as effective as expanded polystyrene which has an R-value of up to 2.78. Ideal for home renovations and extension, polystyrene sheets and boards when rendered deliver a modern finish while adding layers of insulation to your home, making it more energy efficient.

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Why polystyrene is still the best for protective packaging?

Why polystyrene is still the best for protective packaging?

Polystyrene has been the material of choice for protective packaging for many years due to its inherent qualities that make it ideal to protect goods in transit and storage.

Polystyrene is strong and durable and capable of absorbing high impacts, making it an extremely capable material for maintaining product integrity when used as packaging. Polystyrene is also ideal for shipping and moving fresh produce, maintaining a consistent temperature and being unaffected by contact with water or melting ice. These insulating qualities of polystyrene packaging also protect against any sudden temperature drop, such as when being physically transported from the cool room to the final destination.To protect your goods or produce during shipping or storage and to maintain consistent temperature, protective polystyrene packaging from Foamex is the ideal choice. Contact Foamex today to discuss your protective packaging needs.

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Slab Structural Integrity with Diamond Pod

Slab Structural Integrity with Diamond Pod

Providing your concrete slabs with structural integrity is vital, and nothing is quicker or more cost-effective than Foamex Diamond Pods for providing your slabs with insulation and support.

According to Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA), expanded polystyrene waffle pods have revolutionised under slab construction methods which have enabled stronger, faster, and more cost effective slabs to be constructed. Foamex has taken this one step further with our uniquely shaped Diamond Pods, which offer optimal support for foot traffic during construction due to their thicker foam deck. This deck supports a concreter’s boot and allows for load to be spread across a minimum of four support pillars.

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Polystyrene Compressive Strength - EPS vs XPS

Polystyrene Compressive Strength - EPS vs XPS

 

It’s not just a letter that separates EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) and XPS (Extruded Polystyrene). When you’re selecting your polystyrene you need to evaluate the importance of key factors such as compressive strength, moisture retention, and insulating capability to ensure that you’re making the most cost-effective decision and material choice for the job.

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Polystyrene Recycling

Polystyrene Recycling

 

Foamex is dedicated to maintaining a sustainable environment for the next generations. That’s why our manufacturing process has been designed with the environment in mind.

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Insulate Your Home against Rising Power Costs

Insulate Your Home against Rising Power Costs

Insulation can save your family thousands of dollars, and now even more so with the introduction of little known changes to electricity laws.

Families are facing increases of up to $700 for running their air conditioner, or hikes of up to 15,000%, under changes to electricity laws that have been announced to commence in 2017. The changes to the cost of running an air conditioner have been made in an effort to encourage families to monitor their electricity usage, otherwise they may end up paying more to keep their family comfortable on hot days.

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Over the life of a building, efficient insulation will more than pay for itself

Over the life of a building, efficient insulation will more than pay for itself

 The upfront costs of insulation can be unappealing, but over the life of a building, insulation will pay for itself and end up saving you in the long run!

An efficiently insulated home insulated with products such as Foamex’s Styroboard Expanded Polystyrene Sheets enjoy a higher R-value than uninsulated homes. This means that the home’s thermal resistance is superior: heat that is outside stays outside, and the cool air that’s inside stays inside, and vice-versa. This will save you on your heating and cooling bills at a rate of 40% according to the Australian Department of Industry and Science!These savings mean that your investment in insulation effectively starts paying for itself as soon as your receive your next energy bill. Estimates vary, but sources such as the Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand (ICANZ) and Western Australia’s Department of Commerce forecast that correctly installed insulation will pay for itself in 3 to 6 years. After that, it’s all savings!Foamex’s Styroboard EPS insulation solution is the ideal insulation solution to take advantage of the long-term savings potential of an insulated home. Lightweight, strong, clean, and easy to handle, Styroboard EPS offers a high level of thermal resistance for your home as well as sound-proofing qualities for a more comfortable home or building.Take advantage of the long-term savings that a well-insulated home offers by contacting Foamex today!

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EPS has much better thermal properties than traditional brick veneer

EPS has much better thermal properties than traditional brick veneer

When it comes to choosing between expanded polystyrene and traditional brick veneer, it’s clear-cut that expanded polystyrene has the superior thermal properties to keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter.

Insulation is an important feature of your house. A well-insulated home will keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing your heating and cooling bills and contributing to a more comfortable home for you and your family. However, with all the insulation options out there, what product is the superior choice to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient?Between expanded polystyrene and brick veneer, there’s no doubt that expanded polystyrene has the superior thermal properties for your home. This is quantified through the “R-value” of the two materials, or thermal resistance, which is an approximate measurement of how much the material impedes the transfer of heat.According to the Australian Government’s Your Home website, traditional brick veneer walls offer a R-value of 0.45 which does not meet the recommended levels of thermal resistance according to Choice. Depending on your choice of thickness for expanded polystyrene, this translates to being only between 18% and 45% as effective as expanded polystyrene which has an R-value of up to 2.78!When it comes to insulating your home, expanded polystyrene trumps the thermal resistance of traditional brick veneer, and can offer your family a more comfortable and energy-efficient home. At Foamex, we offer wide a variety of expanded polystyrene products to suit your varying insulation needs, both for commercial and residential applications. Find the right Foamex product for your needs here, or contact our friendly sales team to find out how you can make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient today!

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Poor insulation contributes to excess use of energy

Poor insulation contributes to excess use of energy

It’s summer time, and the air conditioners and fans are running to keep the house cool. However, you may be using more energy than you need to during the summer months if your home is poorly insulated.

According to the Australian Department of Industry and Science, insulation can save you up to 40% in heating and cooling bills by keeping the heat out in the summer and warmth in for the winter. In an uninsulated or poorly insulated home, the energy that you use to heat or cool your home can leak out, meaning that you have to have your cooling or heating solutions running constantly to keep your house comfortable.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 hot or cool air in for longer!With Foamex’s Expol underfloor insulation you can reduce the amount of heat that gets into your home in summer, and in turn help to reduce those energy bills. Safe, easy to install, and perfect for retro-fitting to existing homes Expol underfloor insulation can add a level of thermal resistance to your home, meaning that you’ll be able to keep the cool in and the cooling solutions off for longer, saving you from feeling the heat when it comes to paying the bills.For a more comfortable home during the hot and cold months without the sting of high energy bills, contact Foamex today and enquire about Expol underfloor insulation.

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30-Month Exposure Test Confirms Expanded Polystyrene R-Value Retention

30-Month Exposure Test Confirms Expanded Polystyrene R-Value Retention

 

A 30-month test to evaluate the durability of expanded polystyrene (EPS) has confirmed that EPS retains its R-value over time, even during periods of heavy rains.

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Foamex in the Fright Business

Foamex in the Fright Business
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Foamex helped bring a Halloween fright night to life with realistic graveyard props made from Styroboard XPS.Highly versatile and extremely manageable, Styroboard extruded polystyrene (XPS) is ideal for creating customised props.Styroboard XPS props and sets are lightweight and reusable, so when creating sets like this graveyard, they will save you money and time in installation.The designers of the Graveyard set were thrilled with the results. “The foam worked perfectly, we have even bigger plans for next year.”

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Bring your Christmas Party theme to life with oversized polystyrene props

Bring your Christmas Party theme to life with oversized polystyrene props

 

70’s Disco Theme, A Winter Wonderland, Life at the Beach or a Venetian Masquerade. These are some of the top Christmas party themes from 2013. You can make your 2014 Christmas party theme a roaring success by adding oversized polystyrene props to the event. Imagine a Winter Wonderland complete with hanging snowflakes, a giant snow covered tree – or a Venetian Masquerade with larger than life venetian masks hanging from what looks to be the inside of an opulent Venetian palace.All these props can be created and sculpted by Foamex using expanded polystyrene – ready to bring life and flair to this year’s Christmas Party.

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