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Construction industry favours Australian made EPS solutions

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Foamex recently won a $1.4 million contract to supply expanded polystyrene (EPS) blocks for the massive West Gate Tunnel Project, which is delivering Melbourne residents with a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

Foamex is supplying the major infrastructure project with S Grade Polystyrene manufactured at its Bayswater North facility on the east side of Melbourne, where it is cut into various dimensions. Using state-of-the-art equipment to hot wire profile the individual blocks, Foamex technicians precisely cut the EPS blocks to the profile according to the specifications set out by the engineers on the project.

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Why underfloor insulation is key to draught proofing a home

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It’s time to rethink how we insulate our homes against draughts. Expanded polystyrene insulation is one of the most effective materials for sustainably insulating draughty houses. Unlike many of our Northern Hemisphere counterparts, in Australia we tend to build houses with plenty of draughts.

In colder climates, it is essential to control draughts in housing because the heating costs would be prohibitive. But here in the Southern Hemisphere we’re still learning about the merits of insulating our draughty homes sustainably to cost-effectively reduce the amount of cool air that can enter.

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Foamex's EPE sheets used for Melbourne White Night Festival

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Melbourne-based artist Joe Blanck is a huge fan of expanded polyethylene sheets (EPE sheets) supplied by Foamex after using them to craft a large-scale art installation for last year’s White Night Festival in Melbourne.

Joe used Foamex EPE sheets to create The Guardian, a large (10m x 4.5m) creature reminiscent of a giant lion, which he calls his, “largest and most ambitious creature to date”. Impressive in both size and intricate detail, The Guardian was a showstopper at White Night Melbourne 2019.

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Supporting EPSA on expanded polystyrene cladding for housing

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As a leading manufacturer of expanded polystyrene cladding (EPS), we feel it’s important to help our customers and the wider building industry to better understand the key difference between common cladding materials.

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A MESSAGE FROM FOAMEX REGARDING COVID-19 - Updated 5 August 2020

MESSAGE FROM FOAMEX REGARDING COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to present a unique and challenging environment on many different levels. The upgraded restrictions in the state of Victoria being the most recent setback, with Metropolitan Melbourne moving to Stage 4 restrictions and Regional Victoria to Stage 3.

Here at Foamex we are closely monitoring the situation and following the direction from the World Health Organisation (WHO), The Victorian Government, and The Department of Health regarding our approach towards COVID-19.

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Foamex pledges support for EPSA’s new Pod Code of Practice

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At Foamex we’re great supporters and contributors to our industry body, Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA). EPSA is the peak national body for manufacturers and distributors in Australia, and our own General Manager Justin Kelsey is an EPSA Board Member.

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An inside look at Foamex Geofoam

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Foamex Geofoam expanded polystyrene blocks are a cost-effective void filler utilised by civil engineers, construction companies and landscapers across a variety of geotechnical applications.

Offering both strength and flexibility, Foamex Geofoam can provide protection from noise, vibration dampening, and even earthquake shocks. One of the many benefits of Foamex Geofoam is its lightweight nature and highly controllable qualities. Geofoam’s lighter load can reduce settlements while improving stability against bearing and slope failures. With a comparable service life to other construction materials, Foamex Geofoam retains its physical properties under engineered conditions of use and can help solve the challenges of working with soft ground, as well as slope stabilisation and retaining walls.

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Six unusual ways to use Foamex polystyrene

Six ways to use Foamex polystyrene

 

Polystyrene has been around for nearly 200 years, having first been discovered in 1839 by German apothecary Eduard Simon when he isolated a substance from natural resin. So, there has since been plenty of time to find many different uses for polystyrene. And while there’s plenty of obvious examples, there are also a few you might not have thought of.

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Australian-made XPS versus imported XPS

Australian XPS versus imported XPS

Despite the doom and gloom stories about Australian manufacturing, there is still plenty of local manufacturing taking place in many sectors. While it is true that the manufacturing sector in Australia has been gradually shrinking (the number of manufacturers in Australia has fallen from 96,000 10 years ago to just under 84,000 last year), Professor Peter Gahan from the University of Melbourne says that manufacturing remains an important contributor to Australia’s GDP.

“All in all, the evidence overwhelmingly suggests the Australian manufacturing sector has, even in a period of decline, continued to represent a core source of economic prosperity for Australia – and should continue to do so. In short, it has outperformed many other sectors in terms of its contribution to Australia’s sustained economic performance and its capacity to generate quality jobs. It still produces around 6.5 per cent of Australia’s GDP.”

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Foamex supports responsible waffle pod practices

Foamex supports responsible waffle pod practices

As a long-time member of EPSA, Foamex strongly supports recent EPSA messaging regarding the requirements for the safe storage, transportation and onsite management of EPS waffle pods in line with the EPSA code of conduct.

At Foamex, we are committed to our environmental pledges and adhere to specific and stringent policies regarding how our EPS waffle pods are responsibly handled in the field. Foamex Diamond Pods are delivered to construction sites and tightly wrapped together with plastic shrink wrap. They are then further secured on site using netting over the top and all sides, which is then attached to pegs in the ground to minimise the risk of blow-aways and damage. Once the Diamond Pods are laid, our intuitively designed lock-in spacers ensure that all pods are secure and held in place.

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Diamond Pods by Foamex save time, money and the environment

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Did you know that concrete is one of the world’s most widely used building materials, and has literally been used for thousands of years? During the 700 years of The Roman Empire, concrete was used extensively, with many structures still surviving today.

But it wasn’t until the 1850s that reinforced concrete was developed in both Europe and the US, and more recently the concrete slab became a staple building technique in the post World War II building boom.

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Foamex responds to latest Victorian Building Authority ban of cladding products

Foamex responds to latest Victorian Building Authority ban of cladding products

The latest decrees for cladding systems used in the residential building market recently issued by the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) have taken the building industry by surprise. These new regulations will only add to the confusion for builders, specifiers and customers of these types of products. There needs to be increased clarity around cladding products to ensure that lingering confusion is cleared up.

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Foamex partners with luxury retailer to launch new products

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Expanded polystyrene is one of the most versatile and cost-effective materials for both packaging and building/construction applications due to it being lightweight, easy to handle, durable, strong, flexible, and recyclable.

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Energy assessment and environmentally friendly manufacturing

Energy Assessment and Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing

 

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.

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Australian green building market set to flourish

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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.

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Get summer ready with polystyrene home insulation

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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.

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Inventive garage insulation with expanded polystyrene

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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.

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Safe and Quality Features of Expanded Polystyrene Foam Blocks by Foamex

Expanded Polystyrene Foam Blocks

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.

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Expol Rigid Underfloor Insulation Panels for Timber Floors

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Rigid underfloor insulation panels are seeing a rise in demand in the Australian building and construction industry. As one of the industry leaders specializing 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.

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Changing the Built Environment with Foamex Lightweight Polystyrene Waffle Pods

Foamex Lightweight Polystyrene Waffle Pods

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.

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