Environmental Benefits of EPS
At Cellofoam we take seriously our responsibility in protecting the environment. Whether it be in the manufacturing process or the finished product, we ensure that each step is as environmentally sound as possible.
There are many environmental benefits associated with the manufacture and use of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). We consider it to be resource efficient as there is little energy used in the manufacturing process including only a fragment of oil consumption. Our process also includes the use of steam, that is collected once condensed, and then reused on a repeated basis.
The materials are also naturally free from chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), and formaldehyde and lend themselves to recycling. These are environmentally friendly, inert, stable substances that are not harmful to the ozone layer. EPS is easily recyclable, be it from a post industrial/consumer waste stream (visit EPS recycling locations), the manufacturing process or waste at a construction job site. It can not only be granulated and turned into new EPS products, it can also be thermally re-processed into new resins for a variety of applications.
Once our product packaging is complete, it continues to serve in an environmentally sound way. EPS protects better than other major packaging alternatives like wood or corrugated paperboard products. The net result is product manufacture’s realize a reduction in product damage due to transit shocks and vibration. This, in turn, reduces waste in total supply chain (including product replacement) cost.
When EPS products are used in items like Insulated Concrete Foams (ICFs) or Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) the environmental protections are only multiplied. The use of EPS in both commercial and residential construction is proven to reduce green house gas emissions as well as energy consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
These products reduce things like heat loss and air leakage far better than traditional building supplies by creating airtight spaces and continuous insulation wall detail. An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured in its thermal resistance and this measurement is known as an R-value. The higher the value, the greater its effectiveness. EPS, across the board, has more stable, long term retention (LTR), and a higher R-value per dollar invested than other insulation.
Yet another way that PDF products benefit customers is through tax incentives once buildings are constructed. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of the U.S. Green Building Council recommends the use of EPS products in the building process. Finished buildings reduce their environmental impact on their surroundings and as a result are eligible for the following:
Energy and Atmosphere Credits
Stable R-value that ensures long term performance without thermal drift.
Materials and Resources Credits
Dimensionally stable EPS may be reused during building renovations.
For more information regarding tax incentives and credits, please visit: usgbc.org/leed.