Advantages of EPS in home building
What is EPS?
EPS is an acronym for Expanded Polystyrene.
Why is EPS becoming increasingly used in the modern day home?
Over the past six decades, EPS has become accepted world-wide as the safe, highly effective, economical form of building insulation. Building costs, rising energy costs and a greater awareness of global warming and energy conservation are important aspects of home building.
EPS consists of 98% air and has long been used as a thermal insulator. The insulating ability of EPS makes it an ideal material for energy efficient building products: EPS is accepted by the European Union’s standards as an energy efficient construction material.
- Energy-saving: The thermal qualities of EPS are also recognised by the SANS-204 standard for energy efficient materials – published by the SABS recently.
- Moisture resistant: Increased water penetration resistance.
- Lightweight: Makes it easy to install.
- Rot-proof: EPS will not rot and remains effective as a thermal insulation product for the life of your home.
- Sound insulation: EPS increases sound insulation particularly when used in combination with harder building materials such as concrete.
- Safe to use and non toxic: EPS does not contain CFCs and does not harbour micro-organisms. It’s odorless and non-allergenic.
- Recyclable: EPS is 100% recyclable.
- Versatile: EPS can be moulded, shaped and cut into virtually any shape or pattern. This allows the cost effective production of numerous decorative building products such as mouldings and cornices.
- Fire retardant: EPS building products are fire retardant and will not propagate or contribute to the spread of fire (refer to article on fire safety);
- Long lasting: EPS does not rot or degrade over time and remains dimensionally stable so EPS building products will remain fully functional for the life of any building in which they are used.
- Low carbon footprint: EPS has a proven low carbon footprint. Used as a thermal insulation it can save 400 times the energy originally required to manufacture the base product (Study done on a 120m house).