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How Expanded Polystyrene(EPS) Reduces Global Warming

Expanded Polystyrene Reduces Global Warming

The environmental impact of the materials that, we use for day to day activity is of growing concern and importance. Expanded Polystyrene is a lightweight & rigid insulation foam which is widely used in the worldwide building and construction industry, mainly as thermal insulation sheets.
Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) has never contained any kind of either CFCs [chlorofluorocarbons] or HCFCs [hydro chlorofluorocarbons] gasses, which diminish the ozone layer and in addition, EPS is fully recyclable and no waste is created in its manufacturing process.

A few years back, people thought that EPS had a negative impact on the environment. However, it was found that EPS is considerably a better choice after taking into account the resources used and emissions produced in its manufacture. According to Betsy Steiner, executive director of the EPS Molders Association (EPSMA), EPS makes one of the easiest and fastest solutions for reducing the energy usage by favorable environment payback.

Today, the buyers are increasingly checking for the carbon footprints before they choose the product. In the years to come, more people will join their ways. Insulating the house is nothing more than making the house airtight to keep the weather at bay. There are various types of insulating products like cellulose, concrete blocks, ICFs and more. So, What qualities make EPS stand apart and how exactly does EPS benefit the environment?

1. EPS Packaging is less costly.

Compared to polystyrene alternatives like glass-based products, the manufacturing, packaging, and transportation of EPS is very cost effective. The ease of transporting the foam based EPS helps in cutting down the energy used for shipping.

2. Least impact on the environment.

As per American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the alternatives to EPS can add up to 80% increase in the energy usage and have about 130% more potential for causing global warming. Lesser the energy usage, the less impact on the environment.

3. EPS has higher R-Value

R-value is used as the measurement for resistance to heat flow through a given thickness of any material. This means if the R-value of the product is high, then higher the resistance. EPS has twice as much R-value than traditional batt insulation. This means that it has the ability to keep your house warm during the winters and cool during the summers.

4. EPS foams are efficient in insulating the house.

The foam can quickly seal any gaps inside the walls and insulates the house at a higher efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy found that an average American home spends about 50 to 70 percent of energy for heating and cooling the home. Air leakage and improper insulation are the major causes for the energy wastage. With high R-value and exceptional performance of EPS insulation, the energy spends on this temperature control of the house can be decreased substantially.

5. They are multi-purposeful.

EPS foams can be used for the insulation of exterior walls, the interiors, attic and the basement and various other products including foam cups are made out of it. The best part is that it can be recycled too. Big Brands like Chick-Fil-A, Walmart, and Best Buy have their own successful EPS recycling programs. Recycling helps in further reducing the environmental footprints.

Apart from these reasons, the building contractors favor EPS because it is quick to insulate the house using the EPS foam. The faster the construction process, the more the energy saved.

Every little step to reduce the global carbon footprints is of great importance in saving the environment and EPS is the newest and the best insulation product that has a lesser impact on the environment.

Check here To know more about the Green concepts of Expanded Polystyrene products or check this infographic to know about advantages of EPS.