Environmental Impact of EPS Insulation and its Application in Low Energy Buildings

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Two new EUMEPS brochures published on the updated EUMEPS website.

Brussels, Belgium, April 16, 2010 -- Today, two new brochures are
published on the updated EUMEPS website (www.eumeps.org). The first
brochure provides information on the applications of EPS (Expanded
Polystyrene Foam) as thermal insulation in low energy and passive
buildings. Passive buildings are receiving more attention because of the
recent revision of the EPBD (the EU directive on the energy performance
of buildings). All new buildings and building refurbishments will soon
have to comply with high energy efficiency standards.

The second brochure is about the environmental impact of EPS (Expanded
Polystyrene) insulation. Many questions on the environmental impact of
the production and application of EPS are answered.

Both brochures are published via the newly designed EUMEPS website. This
website contains detailed information about EPS insulation. Using modern
and attractive design, EUMEPS.org aims to serve the professional and the
general public with up to date information on EPS foam and about thermal
insulation in general. The new web site features interactive streaming
media and new navigational tools, allowing easy access to its expanded
content and making virtual visits to EUMEPS more exciting and informative
than ever.

Low and net zero energy buildings with EPS insulation.
As oil production reaches its peak, this resource will become scarcer in
near future. At the same time, burning of oil and other fossil fuels
generates carbon dioxide which contributes to climate change. Effective
thermal insulation is widely accepted as one of the most cost-effective
solutions to tackle both energy efficiency and climate change. Hence,
legislators are rapidly moving the construction industry towards high
performance, low energy and passive buildings. The new comprehensive
EUMEPS brochure provides the background to these developments and will
give insight to questions about appropriate insulation thickness and
application of EPS insulation.

Sustainable construction with EPS insulation
This second brochure provides all the relevant information concerning the
environmental impact of using EPS as thermal insulation. The whole life
cycle of the product is addressed, from raw material production through
to the fate of the product after demolition of a building. Topics
considered include: the energy used for EPS production and the energy
saving potential of insulation, comparison of EPS with other insulating
materials and the durability of the EPS. Information in both brochures is
supported by scientific references.

A new modern website: more content, better accessibility
The new web site offers users comprehensive information on EPS
insulation, including a catalogue of examples of EPS applications.
Benefits of EPS thermal insulation are highlighted and technical
information detailed on subjects such as the production process, product
standards, environmental and other physical properties. Contact details
are available for the EUMEPS members as well as the national EPS
associations, the latter providing country specific information about the
application of EPS.

About EUMEPS Construction
EUMEPS Construction is a European association of the European EPS
insulation industry. EUMEPS membership represents over 90% of the
manufacturing industry. The common interest between members is a belief
that EPS is the most cost effective insulation material for building and
construction. Properties like high insulation value, high compressive
strength, both remaining constant over the whole lifetime of the product,
the versatility and the fact that it is completely safe to work with,
make it the ideal material in many applications. The qualities of
lightweight, moisture resistant EPS are highly appreciated in European
construction. EPS comprises about 35 per cent of the total thermal
insulation market in Europe with over 55,000 people employed in the
European EPS industry. The objective is for EPS to take its proper place
in ensuring safe, comfortable and energy efficient buildings, whilst also
contributing strongly to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emission. The
role of EUMEPS is to ensure that awareness of the advantages of EPS is
brought to a larger audience. This is achieved by information sharing to
enable an informed dialogue with builders, architects, regulators and
regulatory bodies, on a national and European level.

E. Meuwissen
Secretary General
EUMEPS-European Association of EPS
B-1160 Brussels, Belgium

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Description: Two new EUMEPS brochures published on the updated EUMEPS website.