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Extruded Polystyrene the victor in the fight against mould


Mould is a problem that not only affects the appearance of your home, but it can also have severe effects on the occupants living within. Mould is typically found in dark, damp, warm spaces and can start growing within 24-48 hours of the right conditions being present.

The most important element that mould needs to grow is moisture. Even if your home is well ventilated, if it has been raining for several days in a row, mould may be able to take hold due to the constant moisture in the air. 

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Fire rating of polystyrene used in EXPOL Underfloor Insulation


Foamex has been a long time member of EPSA, the peak body for manufacturers of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in Australia and as such supports their recent media statement surrounding the materials used in the devastating Grenfell Tower building fire in the UK.

In the statement, EPSA alleviated the concerns that many people have had recently around EPS manufactured in Australia. 

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What happens to Expol in the case of a fire?

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This is one question we get asked about a lot by our customers, and in light of recent overseas events, it is an important one.

EXPOL Underfloor Insulation has a fire retardant component built into every panel; which means when the panels are exposed to a small flame source, they will shrink away from the naked flame. When the flame is completely removed or extinguished, so too will the EXPOL underfloor insulation. So Expol does not add fuel to the fire.

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Efficiency and sustainability go hand-in-hand

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Building sites can be a bustling hub of activity any time of the day. Filled with tradies, their apprentices, site supervisors and vehicles of all different shapes and sizes, jostling for limited space to get their work done. Which is why it’s important that great care is taken in ensuring a safe and efficient work site. But for this to happen, everyone on-site, or visiting, needs to play their part in making this happen. That’s why Foamex goes to great lengths to contribute to a well-run site.


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Why well insulated homes start at the edge


Slab edge can be responsible for approximately 80% of the slab’s total heat loss1,  with further research showing that thermal resistance does not significantly improve by fully extending the insulation under the slab or by increasing the thickness of the insulation under the slab.  The reason being that, with no insulation on the perimeter foundations, most of the heat is conducted along the slab2 and out through the exterior face of the footing.

This suggests that insulating slab edges is far more effective for preventing heat loss than insulating the underside of the slab.

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Foam, huh, yeah, what is it good for?

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Foam is a funny product. A soon as it’s mentioned most of us will automatically picture white chunks of packing foam that come with our electricals, white goods or in its ‘box’ form, used to transport foods that need to be packed with ice and kept cold.

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Underfloor Insulation – Keep the heat under your feet


With winter fast approaching, your thoughts are probably turning towards how to keep your house warm, without breaking the bank. 

There are many options you could choose. If you are wanting to heat a small room, you could use a portable electric heater. Their efficiency lays in being able to heat small areas quickly, however they can be expense to run. 

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Why home insulation matters all year round

Why home insulation matters all year round

It’s common knowledge that living expenses are not just high, but getting higher. Everything from running your car (petrol and insurance I’m looking at you) to the dreaded energy bill every quarter. That’s why households everywhere are trying to find ways in which money can be saved on everyday utilities and costs. 

The main culprits that draw shivers of fear when considered being used are the humble air conditioner or heater. Found lurking in the darkest corners of your room or mounted chameleon-like on walls, when turned on you can swear you hear your money being drained from your bank account to the rhythm of their warm or cooling breath.  It’s for this reason home insulation is vitally important all year round. 

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Reduce the risk of foundation damage

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Foamex Diamond Pods are specifically designed for the residential, commercial and industrial construction market. Their revolutionary design reduces costs for concrete pouring and saves time in the laying of the foundation. But more than this, it also reduces the risk of future foundation damage. 

Concrete slabs can crack and move within the soil as a result of heat, humidity and wet weather. A flow on affect are the tell-tale signs of a cracked foundation, such as cracked walls and doors not closing properly. If left untreated for too long, repair work and costs can grow exponentially. 

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SPASA Pool and Spa Expo 2017

Foamex is thrilled to have be involved in the design of the Show Garden for SPASA Pool & Spa Expo + Outdoor Living. Below is feedback from the SPASA organisers and a video of the display itself.

"This display would not have been possible without your support, time and effort. It is an incredibly busy time of year and we greatly appreciate each and everything your company has done to make the Show Garden possible. 

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Polystyrene Giant Gorilla Skulls promotes Kong: Skull Island at Melb Train Station

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A giant skull made from polystyrene is currently on display at Melbourne's Southern Cross Station for the entire month of March

The six metre tall skull is part of a promotion for the new movie Kong: Skull Island. The polystyrene for the six metre skull was supplied to Industrial Carving who were working for te advertising agency charged with promoting the movie.  

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High compressive strength of polystyrene confirmed

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The use of building materials has changed from one material to another over time thanks to ongoing technological advancements. This has led to the production and use of polystyrene blocks in building construction. 

One of the most important properties of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) as a building product is its resistance to compressive stresses, which increase as the density becomes higher. [1]

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Expanded polystyrene recovery, recycling and reuse

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In Australia, approximately 45,0001 tonnes of expanded polystyrene (EPS) is produced and used each year. 

Much of this EPS is embedded in long-term use, such as waffle pods used in housing construction, EPS blocks for road embankments, and in engineering/manufacturing components. 

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The forgotten art of style – polystyrene architectural mouldings

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With most new builds and renovation projects use rendering to give a modern finish to your home, architectural mouldings can add a welcoming layer of style, class and curb appeal to your home’s exterior.

Architectural mouldings can provide a design focal point by contouring or outlining edges and surfaces such as a cornice, architrave, capital, arch, base, or jamb. The surface of a moulding is modelled with recesses and reliefs, which either maintain a constant profile or are set in rhythmically repeated patterns. 

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Sustainable home construction and polystyrene

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.

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Foamex oversized lettering joins the Christmas Light Show

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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.

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

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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.

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Foamex Expanded Polystyrene helps wall system achieve highest BAL rating

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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:

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

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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.

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

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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.

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