May 2012: Why EPS? Well, let’s start with the green credentials: Jablite insulation products are A+ in the BRE Green Guide to Specification, EPS has an ozone depletion potential of zero, a Global Warming potential of less than 5 and Jablite EPS is fully recyclable.
With regards to housing, which is the sector I concentrate on, EPS is widely used in Europe as the main product for insulation for residential projects.
EPS offers house builders great value for money, delivers the U-values they want, is versatile and will last for decades.
EPS is 98% captured air within a 2% cellular matrix. This gives EPS excellent resistance to water ingress. EPS is non-toxic, chemically inert, non-irritant and does not rot. Fungi & bacteria cannot grow on EPS either.
With regards to fire – an “E” grade, flame retardant EPS is available. With the “E” grade material, the flame spread is reduced and meets the requirements of class E when tested to BS EN ISO 13501-1:2002. In residential properties, expanded polystyrene is never exposed, because it is enclosed by other building products which make up the envelope of the building. For installers, EPS is lightweight, easy to install and is very easy to make adjustments to – giving reduced installation times. Plus EPS can be handled without the need of protective gloves and it is non irritant.
In residential projects, EPS can be used in floors, walls & roofs. At Jablite, we have a number of existing residential products to help specifiers achieve their desired U values, and come within or under budget.
And, Jablite’s innovations process means that we are currently developing a number of ideas and solutions for the future.
Why would you not use specify and install a product that has excellent green credentials, is light weight, cost effective, gives excellent thermal properties and which will last the lifetime of the building?