Polystyrene foams have been gaining popularity over the years, with homeowners and building contractors realizing the benefits inherent in using this product. Some of the benefits of using polystyrene foams include energy efficiency and savings, with the advent of sustainable homes leading to innovative ideas with the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS).
The concept of expanded polystyrene foams has taken over the use of traditional building methods, effectively providing answers to the many challenges that the traditional building methods encounter. The use of EPS foam in building practices is particularly recognized in building structure with improved insulation and providing a model that helps to reduce waste, helping to further push the advocacy for sustainable building practices.
Insulated concrete forms(ICF) have gradually gained prominence, becoming the needed transition to traditional construction methods. Better and more effective insulation is provided using ICFs compared to the traditional building practices. The building practice is compatible with virtually all kinds of buildings from sub-level to multi-floored structures, providing better energy efficiency and more effective insulation than the construction of buildings that use the traditional practices.
In addition to a more efficient thermal insulation, the use of polystyrene foam also helps to improve sound-barrier protection. The building is also better protected from the destructive forces of nature as well as the overall stability of the building.
The energy saving feature of using Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) is another major benefit of this practice. The insulating qualities and efficiency of constructing new homes using expanded polystyrene (EPS) sheets are in addition to the strength and efficiency that traditional home construction practices do not provide.
The efficiency and strength of this unique building practice go beyond delivering superior insulation protection but also uses less resource like timber, compared to traditional buildings. The noise reduction feature and stronger homes using natural elements are other benefits of using sustainable building practices with polystyrene foam.
While the cost of constructing homes can be compared to building traditional homes, the value of homes built with this unique building practice comes years after the completion of the project. There are also claims that energy saved with using this practice is not less than 50% compared to traditional wood framed homes.
In addition to constructing energy-efficient homes, expanded polystyrene can also be used in construction projects in the transportation industry. Projects like bridges, roads and embankments can utilize expanded polystyrene in the form of Geofoam for backfill, sub-terrain insulation and even structural foundation. The stabilization of soft-ground for roadways using a light, cost effective material is increasing in popularity.
The benefits of geofoam are numerous and cannot be overemphasized. Besides being recyclable, geofoam blocks do not need heavy land-moving equipment, helping to save cost associated with this task.
This revolutionary practice has spread across different climes worldwide with its benefits realized in building and construction practices. The practice is particularly recognized for providing real-world and practical solutions to problems associated with traditional construction practices and resource management.
Sustainable building practices with polystyrene foam are the way to go in the present world and with continuous efforts and research by proponents of the concept, the world can only expect more benefits from embracing this idea.