EPS has never contained CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), HFCs (hydrofluorocarbon) or formaldehyde which are harmful to the earth’s ozone. EPS is inert and stable and does not produce methane gas or contaminating leachates.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturing uses little energy, in which steam is a component of the manufacturing process. The water from this process is collected and re-used many times. Additionally, only 0.1% of total oil consumption is used to manufacture EPS.
Made with Recycled Material
Scrap EPS generated during manufacturing or from jobsite waste can be ground and incorporated into new EPS products. EPS is recyclable and can be turned into new expanded polystyrene (EPS) products or thermally processed into a resin to make other products such as garden furniture, coat hangers and crown molding.
Saves Energy and Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), buildings in the US alone account for 36% of energy use and 30% of green house gas emissions. Using EPS in commercial and residential construction helps to reduce energy consumption and green house gas emissions. EPS has higher, more stable long term R-Values than other insulation alternatives. R-Value measures the thermal resistance. The higher the R-Value the better a product insulates a building.
A home built with an EPS system such as Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) or Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) creates an airtight building envelope which reduces air leakage and heat loss, thus reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in our atmosphere more than with a home built with 2x dimensional lumber. The majority of SIPs are fabricated offsite and delivered ready to assemble, meaning onsite cutting and fabrication is virtually eliminated. This reduces onsite waste and space requirements.
Reduces Supply Chain Waste
EPS cushions and protects products better than alternative packaging (corrugated cardboard, wood, etc.) from repeat impacts during shipment. This reduces waste caused by goods that are broken or damaged in the supply chain saving energy, material and transportation resources.