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Long term cost benefits of polystyrene insulation

 Polystyrene is a highly durable building and insulation material, designed to offer superior, constant insulation performance over their entire service life of more than 50 years.

The exceptional R Value of polystyrene used as insulation maximises your energy savings and level of comfort in your home. The higher the R value, the more effective the insulation is in reducing heat flow in or out of your home. Foamex polystyrene sheets and blocks will not deteriorate with age, delivering constant R values for the life of the building or home.Using the right type of insulation will help maintain pleasant temperatures, meaning you don’t need to be constantly using heating or cooling devices in your home. The correct polystyrene insulation can save you thousands in reduced energy bills.Implementing roof insulation, underfloor insulation and wall insulation will help you reduce costs for the lifetime of your home.

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Reduce household carbon emissions with more effective insulation

More effective home insulation means less reliance on power hungry warming and cooling units, which are both costly for household expenses to run and in terms of their overall energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Building insulation is the most cost-effective way for households to significantly impact the global warming effect of greenhouses gases by drastically reducing their household CO2 emissions. Sustainable insulation should be integrated into building projects at an early stage, ensuring solutions are durable and energy efficient. Polystyrene is the most cost effective insulation solution, yielding high energy efficiency potential and hence seriously mitigating climate-changing CO2. emissions.

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How is Expanded Polystyrene manufactured?

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Foamex STYROBOARD EPS expanded polystyrene is a rigid cellular plastic foam material derived from petroleum and natural gas by-products.Styrene is produced from benzene and ethylene, and is polymerised in the presence of catalysts, usually organic peroxides. To create the expanded polystyrene blocks and sheets that you are familiar with, steam is applied to tiny grains or beads of styrene that contain a minute amount of pentane. This steam process causes the thermoplastic polystyrene to soften and expand up to 40 times its original volume. Again using steam in the process, the expanded beads are then moulded into a shape or large blocks which are then sliced into boards. The EPS product is then dried and finished by a number of processes, such as hot wire cutting or lamination.Unlike the manufacturing process for many other synthetic materials, the EPS manufacturing process also does not involved the use of ozone-layer-depleting CFCs and HCFCs, nor are there harmful materials present in the finished product. The small amount of pentane gas used in the process has no known effect on the upper ozone layer.The manufacturing process for EPS is an excellent example of an efficient use of a natural resource as the transformation process uses relatively little energy during manufacture.

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Australian made Foamex Styroboard XPS - Tough and durable

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Styroboard XPS is an Australian made and owned product; produced on extruding machines in Foamex’s state of the art facility in Victoria.Due to its high compressive strength and superior thermal performance, Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) has long been the material of choice across residential, commercial and industrial sectors.Extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam is rigid foam providing a strong, yet lightweight and flexible insulation solution which is resistant to water absorption. When many traditional insulation materials come into contact with water they loses their thermal abilities, but even when facing extreme weather conditions, Styroboard XPS preserves its thermal and physical properties making it a perfect robust building material.As perimeter insulation Styroboard XPS is dimensionally stable, rot-proof and moisture resistant. It is also a suitable material for use indoors under floors subjected to heavy loads and constant foot traffic, and on variety of roofing applications as well.Styroboard XPS sheets are manufactured from raw material containing a flame retardant additive, and are not a fire hazard when correctly installed. The polystyrene will burn when in contact with a flame, like other organic building materials, but it will self-extinguish when the fire source is removed.

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Add insulation from the ground up when building your home

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The Foamex Diamond Pod Slab System is a better way of building concrete slabs for new homes, extensions or commercial buildings. The Foamex Diamond Pod Slab lies above the surface, as opposed to traditional foundations, which are dug into the earth. The on ground slab creates air pockets which form an extra insulating layer between the build structure and the ground.The Foamex Diamond Pod Slab System offers long term thermal “R” values with the house foundation being made up of insulating EPS with a layer of concrete over the top. This develops a thermal mass that acts as an insulated bank.The inclusion of EPS pods in a slab adds an insulation benefit of up to R1.0 (W/mK Thermal Resistance) to the slab. While making the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer, this also reduces the overall energy consumption in the house.

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Increase the thermal efficiency of metal deck roofing with Foamex PurlinK

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Minimising energy usage in buildings has become one of the most widespread goals in the commercial, industrial, and residential construction industries. Efforts to reduce building energy usage are typically focused on the mechanical, electrical, and glazing systems and not the structural system.

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Get warmer feet this winter with underfloor insulation

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Expol Underfloor Insulation is an ideal way to stop cold drafts coming up from your floorboards, effectively keeping your feet warmer and stoping warmth from escaping your home this winter.Carpeted floors account for approximately 15% of heat loss within you home, but raised floors with exposed floorboards lose about 22% of heat. This figure increases to approximately 30% if you also factor in air draughts in floorboards. Given than ceiling heat loss is 35%, underfloor insulation is vital if you have exposed floorboards on a suspended wooden floor.Expol Underfloor Insulation will increase the ambient temperature of the house by preventing air draughts between floorboards, and also by creating an insulating air pocket under the floorboards, helping to trap heat in the house. The floorboards will essentially feel like room temperature and stop air draughts – a double bonus.Placed snugly between the floor joists, Expol Underfloor Insulation will ensure your home is protected from temperature extremes. Expol Insulation is safe to install, non-allergenic, environmentally friendly (no CFCs), contains a flame retardant, and its thermal performance is not affected by ageing.

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Bring your party to life with oversized polystyrene party props

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Bring your theatre production, event or party to life with oversized theatre props and sets built with expanded polystyrene. Expanded polystyrene props and sets are lightweight, reusable, and highly portable. Foamex can hot wire cut a range of shapes, signs and sculptures to fit your exact specifications – virtually any size and shape is possible. If you can think it, we can create it. Remember the OK Campaign from Kmart a few years ago? Well Foamex created the giant OK for the TV commercial. Foamex specialise in hot wire cut polystyrene suitable for promotions and advertising – from oversized lettering, characters, and shapes through to digital sculpture replicas or products.

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Extruded Polystrene (XPS) – Uses and Applications

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Extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam is rigid foam providing a strong, yet lightweight and flexible insulation solution which is resistant to water absorption, making it ideal for a range of building and commercial applications.Extruded Polystyrene Board is ideal for a range of uses – from wall and ceiling insulation, cool rooms & refrigeration, under concrete slab (i.e. car park), and even for architectural modelling or hobby model making.Extruded Polystyrene is the ideal insulation material for houses and commercial applications.

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Benefits of Polystyrene Packaging

Polystyrene has long been regarded as the ideal choice for packaging material due to its light weight and thermal insulation properties – coupled with the ability to custom mould to fit. Expanded polystyrene is the ideal inexpensive, lightweight packaging material, making it not only an economical way to pack products but also to transport products. The use of polystyrene for packaging for goods has seen the cost of packaging and transportation significantly reduced. This is because the energy required to manufacture and transport EPS is much less than conventional packaging materials such as timber, straw, cork or cardboard. 

The benefits of polystyrene packaging are numerous:

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Foamex Polystyrene to help achieve 6 star building rating

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Polystyrene high performance building materials can play a major role in helping to achieve a 6-star energy rating for your building project, allowing architects, builders and specifiers to more easily meet the crucial six star energy rating required in today’s buildings. Expanded Polystyrene insulation is practical, efficient and cost effective and can be applied across a wide range of building constructions – ceilings, roofs, walls, floors and under slab – in commercial, residential and industrial applications to provide exceptional standards of thermal insulation and help achieve a six star energy rating.

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Underfloor insulation for the whole house – not just under floorboards

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Underfloor insulation is ideal to stop drafts coming up from floorboards, but did you know that you should also consider underfloor insulation under carpeted floors to add layers of insulation to your home?

Thick carpet floor coverings with underlay can provide a degree of floor-based insulation inherently, but they will still benefit from a thick layer of insulation sub-floor. While floorboards can account for a large percentage of heat loss, carpeted rooms also loose heat through the floors – making underfloor insulation ideal in all rooms, not just under floorboards.

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Foamex confirms EPSA Membership Status to further drive sustainability initiatives into 2014

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Foamex is pleased to announce their membership to Expanded Polystyrene Australia (EPSA), the national industry body for all manufacturers and distributors of expanded polystyrene (EPS) products across Australia.EPSA is the driving force for the EPS industry, working to achieve a positive perception of EPS, by highlighting the valuable contribution that EPS can make to both environmental sustainability and to businesses' bottom line. “Our membership to ESPA is important as it extends Foamex’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the commercial viability of EPS in all its many forms,” said Justin Kelsey, General Manager - Operations, Foamex. As Australia’s leading polystyrene supplier, Foamex are national industry leaders when it comes to developing new uses for expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene, both for commercial and residential purposes.Foamex is the 24th member of EPSA, representing Australia’s largest EPS manufacturers with manufacturing facilities across 45 sites nationally. EPSA strives to make EPS the preferred material in both packaging and building and construction applications, thereby ensuring the continued success of this manufacturing sector in Australia

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Make your home energy efficient, from roof to (under) floor

Homeowners, builders and architects can contribute to many energy saving insulating projects from roof to underground in order to boost the energy efficiency of a home. Reducing energy costs is one of the most important factors in selecting insulation. Heating and cooling can consume 44 percent of all energy used in the home. In cold weather, insulation is used to keep the warm air in. In warm weather, it keeps the hot air out.

The best way to quantify how well building insulation works is by its R-value, which measures its resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power.Foamex can offer a range of insulation solutions from roof to floor, including:

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Benefits of Polystyrene Diamond Pod system vs Concrete Slab system

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Foamex Diamond Pods, a polystyrene waffle pod system, is leading the way in alternative concrete slab filling solutions, providing concrete slab support and increased thermal insulation. Using Foamex Diamond Pods, construction is quicker and more cost effective than traditional concrete slabs. Reasons for choosing the Foamex Diamond Pod polystyrene system over a traditional concrete slab include:

A traditional concrete slab can crack and move within the soil as a result of heat, humidity and wet weather. The Foamex Diamond Pod system will move with the building and absorb the pressure of the heave, leaving your slab in structurally intact.Excellent insulation from the natural air pockets in the expanded polystyrene (EPS) and the specially designed moulded cells within the Foamex Diamond Pod. Minimal earthworks are required as there are no internal trenches to dig.Diamond Pods bring the house further out of ground – beneficial in areas that are more prone to wet weather – the higher the better.Increased thermal “R” values from the house foundation being made up of insulating EPS with a layer of concrete over the top. This thermal mass then acts as an insulated bank.Construction is quickerMore cost effective than traditional pours as less concrete is requiredWork can continue in adverse weatherLess environmental disturbance as the slab sits on the site as opposed to in the ground

 

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Does underfloor insulation increase likelihood of termite attack?

It is estimated that Australian homes attacked each year by termites cause up to one and a half billion dollars in damage, with the average cost of repairs per home being $7,000 after a termite attack.

Termite colonies work 24 hours a day, and signs of termite infestations can go undiscovered until serious damage is done.

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Polystyrene Insulation Options – EPS and XPS

 With today’s intense focus on the environmental building goals of sustainability and energy efficiency, the proper use of building insulation is more important than ever. 

One of the many uses of expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS) is for highly effective commercial and residential insulation: roof insulation, underfloor insulation, ceiling insulation and wall insulation. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is a closed-cell insulation that’s manufactured by “expanding” the polystyrene polymer. Expanded polystyrene is produced in block form which is then converted into a number of applications. Expanded polystyrene can be used in wall insulation and architectural profiles, void forms, protective packaging, cold storage, refrigeration units and sign writing displays.

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Can I extend a brick home using polystyrene?

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One of the key challenges you may face when deciding to extend or renovate your 50’s red bricker or classic 70’s cream brick home is matching the right shade and tone of brick. The exact same bricks are very rarely still available so attempts to match the bricks can result in a  close but not exact match that looks like an add on, rather than a natural flow on from the original home.

Polystyrene is an ideal building material solution for home renovations and extensions, adding to the thermal insulation and comfort of the home while able to be rendered in any colour. So you can turn your classic brick home in to a new, improved and larger home fully rendered in any colour and texture you wish using polystyrene building materials.

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EPS Signage and 3D lettering gets you noticed

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3D signage is sure to get your brand or product noticed - its the first thing everyone sees and from quite a distance. 3D signage and EPS lettering has a unique look that simply can't be matched by other signs.

3D signs grabs people's attention in a way that traditional or digital signs simply cant – making an immediate impact for your business.An ideal material for 3D low cost signage, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) is also highly durable, lightweight, cost effective, versatile and overall easy to use.

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Keep your home cooler this summer

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With the heat of summer upon us, many families are facing increased pressure on their energy bills by continuous running air conditioners just to make the heat bearable. 

To stop heat entering your home in summer, Expol Underfloor Insulation is the ideal way insulation. And, unlike running an airconditioner non-stop, it’s a one of cost that can instantly make a difference to the comfort levels of your home this

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