EPS and the environment
EPS offers substantial environmental advantages:
- EPS is safe, it is non-toxic and totally inert. At no time in its life cycle does it contain any
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or Hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs). It is also absent of any nutritional value, so no fungi or micro-organisms, such as mold, can grow with EPS.
- EPS is recyclable: EPS can be recycled in many ways once it comes to the end of its life. These include recycling directly into new building products and incineration to recover its inherent energy content. The choice of a recycling method is based on technical, environmental and economic considerations.
- EPS presents no dangers to health in installation, during use and in the waste stage.
- EPS constructions fulfil nearly all fire and safety requirements
- EPS insulation saves money by reducing energy bills;
- EPS, as an effective insulation material prevents energy loss and therefore helps to conserve fossil fuels, prevents carbon dioxide emissions which cause the greenhouse effect and global warming.
- Warmfill Bead is HBCD Free per new EU Reach Regulations.
Recent years have shown growing concern for the environment, and in particular an increased demand for sustainable building and development. For the construction industry this means a need for accurate information about the environmental impact of the building materials and products that they use. The most reliable way to present this information has proven to be the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach. This approach investigates the processes involved in the manufacture, use and disposal of a product or a system – from cradle to grave.
On July 22th, 2011, EUMEPS presented a set of Environmental Product Declarations for Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation boards. These declarations help to increase the transparency of communication on environmental properties of construction and insulation products.