Foamex - Innovative Polystyrene

Latest News

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


AdobeStock 95139000


The interesting similarity between the economical and the environmental is that they are both linked to survival. One deals with the survival of the business, while the other the survival of the planet.

Continue reading
  66 Hits

Australian green building market set to flourish

AdobeStock 118759388
20161103 135247

Australia currently has one of the most active green building markets in the world, and the level of activity is expected to grow over the next three years to 2021.

That’s the key takeaway from the recently released World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report [1], produced by US-based Dodge Data & Analytics and released in late 2018.

Continue reading
  76 Hits

Get summer ready with polystyrene home insulation

AdobeStock 163947010 LR

Another typically scorching Aussie summer is just around the corner and certain regions of the country are already experiencing record temperatures. Cairns, in far north Queensland, sweltered through its hottest day on record on November 27, with the mercury topping out at a scorching 43.6C.

As well as summer kicking off, the festive season is nearly upon us and many Aussie homes will soon play host to busy family get-togethers. As such, there’s no better time than now to assess the insulation situation in your home.

Continue reading
  888 Hits

Inventive garage insulation with expanded polystyrene

garage door slide


The reality for many Australian families and homeowners is that a garage is no longer merely a slab of enclosed concrete for storing vehicles and other miscellaneous household items that we don’t want to keep inside our house proper.

Continue reading
  1462 Hits

Safe and Quality Features of Expanded Polystyrene Foam Blocks by Foamex

Spec net image

Foamex Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam Blocks are a versatile alternative popular within the building and construction industry for their ergonomic trademark. Consisting of almost 98% air, EPS blocks are easy to handle, carry, and install, which can help in minimising construction time. It is also an eco-friendly CFC-free material with thermal and acoustic insulation benefits that help conserve energy. This polystyrene is made from fire retardant raw material that automatically ceases when in direct contact with flame.

EPS blocks are commonly used to help stabilise tunnels, bridges, and roads among other structures. Additionally, they are water and temperature resilient, enabling them to defy extreme weights, and even prolonged exposure to the elements while retaining its original form.

Continue reading
  1242 Hits

Expol Rigid Underfloor Insulation Panels for Timber Floors

SpecNet Expol image

Rigid underfloor insulation panels are seeing a rise in demand in the Australian building and construction industry. As one of the industry leaders specialising in the development of polystyrene products, Foamex designed Expol™ rigid underfloor insulation panels to provide continuous protection for homeowners against extreme outdoor temperatures.

For 36 years, Foamex has provided a multifaceted range of polystyrene products across the Australian market, allowing them to build a formidable working relationship with major industry specifiers. The team positions Expol™ as the material of choice for residential and commercial applications, as it inhibits heat to enter from outside during summer while maintaining convective heat in winter. By using polystyrene underfloor insulation, homeowners can cut an estimated 12% on energy costs, while still enjoying a warm and comfortable indoor climate.

Continue reading
  1064 Hits

Changing the Built Environment with Foamex Lightweight Polystyrene Waffle Pods

SpecNet image

As a committed member of Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA), Foamex developed the Diamond Pods® lightweight polystyrene waffle pods as an alternative solution to the traditional void former system for under concrete slab insulation and construction. In comparison with traditional pours, the lightweight polystyrene waffle pods produce superior insulation suitable for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

The expanded polystyrene used in the production of Diamond Pods® contains natural air pockets which effectively inhibits heat transfer to and from the system. Foamex takes the insulation power up a notch by integrating moulded cells within the unique design of the lightweight polystyrene waffle pods. With a long-term R-value of R1.0 (W/mK thermal resistance), the under concrete slab insulation material is able to maintain a year-round comfortable indoor temperature.

Continue reading
  892 Hits

Inventive ways of repurposing EPS

creative ways to repurpose expanded polystyrene

An inside look at efforts by University of Technology Sydney students to find creative ways to repurpose expanded polystyrene.

In a recently published article on The Conversation (1), Tom Lee, a lecturer in the Faculty of Design and Architecture Building at the University of Technology Sydney, outlined potential design opportunities for waste expanded polystyrene (EPS) to be repurposed instead of going into landfill.

Continue reading
  696 Hits

Unsure of the differences between polyethylene and EPS?

differences between polyethylene and EPS

The NSW Government has followed its Victorian counterpart and introduced a building product use ban that prohibits the use of aluminium composite panels with a core comprised of greater than 30 per cent polyethylene. Such products were found in the tragic Grenfell Tower and Melbourne Lacrosse building fires.

Announcing the NSW ban, which came into effect on August 15, NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading, Rose Webb, said she considered a broad range of sources, including public submissions, expert advice, national and international reports, and NSW Cladding Taskforce data.

Continue reading
  668 Hits

Shining a light on the sustainable nature of the manufacturing of expanded polystyrene

sustainable expanded polystyrene

In the world of building and construction, careful consideration must be given to every element of the build to ensure stringent environmental standards are adhered to.

Everything, from the building plans and design through to the very materials used in the build, needs to be examined to ensure it meets the long list of guidelines set out by the relevant governing bodies.

Continue reading
  605 Hits

Are you correctly disposing your EPS waste?

EPS Recycling


There’s a right and a wrong way to dispose of expanded polystyrene. Which are you using?

Continue reading
  753 Hits

Versatile Extruded Polystyrene Sheets for Energy Efficient Homes from Foamex


The increasing emphasis on sustainability transforms the way industry players are specifying building materials, including versatile extruded polystyrene sheets. It is common knowledge that the energy-efficiency of a building structure depends on the materials utilised in creating its envelope. Hence, choosing the right insulating material is crucial in achieving the required insulation performance of a building project.

With a track record spanning more than three decades, Foamex remains one of the respected industry leaders responsible for the innovation, creation, and distribution of expanded and extruded polystyrene.

Continue reading
  623 Hits

Expol for Existing Homes


If you have purchased an existing home, there is a good chance you’ve had some changes in mind since you first fell in love with your place. Maybe a lick of paint to brighten up some rooms and the outside? Rip up some carpet and let the floorboards shine through?


Continue reading
  904 Hits

The Benefits and Uses Of Polystyrene Sheets

polystyrene sheets


There is hardly any products as versatile, sturdy or reusable as polystyrene.

Continue reading
  1628 Hits

Build Better with Diamond Pods

Blog 4 picture

The building industry has seen many changes, and evolved many times, in order to find safer and more efficient methods and materials to use. From single to double storey dwellings, wood and stone to concrete, built-onsite to pre-fabricated. Although we are only scraping the tip of the iceberg, all these innovations and changes have enabled homes and buildings to be built faster and safer than ever before.


Continue reading
  1159 Hits

Safety first with Polystyrene


Polystyrene is well known within the building and construction industry thanks to its inherent strength and insulation properties. But did you know that it is also used to help stabilise bridges, tunnels, roads, and rail infrastructure.


Continue reading
  527 Hits

Foamex response to Victorian ban on EPS for high rise buildings


Last month, the Victorian Cladding Taskforce delivered an interim report calling for bans on certain cladding products for multi-storey buildings.  Aluminium Cladding Panels with a polyethylene core of more than 30 per cent, like what was found in the Grenfell and Melbourne Lacross building fires, will be banned on all multi-storey buildings in Victoria.  The polyethelene bears no relationship to the expanded polystyrene (EPS) products manufactured by Foamex.  However, the Taskforce have concluded that expanded polystyrene will be banned on multi-storey buildings.


Continue reading
  1809 Hits

What’s behind your walls?

air conditioning cold crunch

In February 2010, the Energy Efficient Homes Package, otherwise known as the home insulation scheme, was discontinued in the face of controversy and alleged fraud. Since then, insulation has become somewhat of a little discussed home feature that should be as important as planning your dream kitchen.


Continue reading
  752 Hits

Insulate yourself, winter is coming!

Insulate yourself winter is coming

Now that the sun has almost set on summer, the predictions for the upcoming winter have started to trickle in like the first cool breaths under the door and through the floorboards. But it doesn’t have to be like that.


Continue reading
  1037 Hits

How to manage energy efficiency in the Australian climate

Australian climate insulation

Australia can be a land of extremes when it comes to weather. We are able to bear the everyday temperatures quite well, but it is only when things become extreme that we wished we had installed air-conditioning or heating in the home. Once they have been bought and installed, we’re still reluctant to use them because of the energy costs associated with the running them. Yet what most are unaware, is that insulation is one of the best ways in which to lower heating and cooling costs throughout the year.


Continue reading
  720 Hits
blog heading
15 March 2019
 The interesting similarity between the econo...
22 February 2019
Australia currently has one of the most active gre...
04 December 2018
Another typically scorching Aussie summer is just ...