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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



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


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



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


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?


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


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 Polystrene (EPS) is also highly durable, lightweight, cost effective, versatile and overall easy to use.

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Keep your home cooler this summer


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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Polystyrene recycling – What you can do

Polystyrene can’t be recycled from your kerbside recycling bin, however many councils still make it possible for you to help the environment and recycle polystyrene.

Polystyrene recycling drop off stations are available through many Councils across Sydney and Melbourne at a range of locations. Once collected, your polystyrene will be recycled and re-manufactured into domestic building products.

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Polystyrene – making your home more energy efficient

Energy efficiency and long term sustainability in buildings are not only good for the environment but also go a long way in saving you money by reducing your energy bills.

The exceptional R-Value of polystyrene used as insulation maximises your energy savings and comfort level in your home. The higher the R-Value, the more effective the insulation is in stabilising the temperature within your home.

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Award winning exhibition with Foamex

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2011 saw award winning florist My FlowerHouse team up with Foamex to take out a bronze award at  the world renowned flower and garden show.

Relying heavily on the integration of Foamex polystyrene profiles with an amazing floral creation to design the award winning look, My FlowerHouse chose the polystyrene shapes due to their clean look and the ability to create any shape or profile.

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Insulate your home this summer with Expol

Expol Under Floor Insulation is the way to insulate your home to stop heat entering in summer. The polystyrene insulation panels are placed snugly between your floor joists.

The insulation panels ensure your home is protected from the extreme temperatures under your floor. Underfloor insulation is great for all homes especially pole houses and all exposed wooden floors.

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Foamex Polystyrene features in Sydney Biennale Artwork


Showcasing unique work using unique shapes and forms, the 18th Biennale of Sydney art festival opened today, exhibiting the works of 100 artists from 44 countries.One of the largest displays is by artist Peter Robinson and features Polystyrene shapes and blocks. The display is called Snow Ball Blind Time. Foamex supplied the cut chain links to size that link the pieces together in the instillation.

Speaking of his use of Polystyrene, Artist Peter Robison said the following.

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