Study Reveals Expanded Polystyrene EPS Foam Saves Energy and Reduces Carbon Footprint


Benchmark Foam Prefirred insulation sheets used for finishing exterior block wall.

Prefirred insulation sheets for exterior wall finishing.

Benchmark Foam Prefirred Insulation for Finishing Interior Concrete Wall

Prefirred insulation for interior concrete wall finishing.

Making environmentally-sound decisions throughout the manufacturing process is a priority at Benchmark Foam. One of the raw material suppliers in the expanded polystyrene (EPS) industry, NOVA Chemicals, shares an interest in sustainability. From the raw material, Benchmark manufactures expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam products, many of which are used for residential and commercial insulation applications. Some Benchmark products include Prefirred, an insulation used for finishing exterior or interior concrete or block walls. Roofing insulation, insulated concrete forms (ICF) , and Thermo-Snap™ (patent pending) insulation panels for in-floor heat systems are also manufactured by Benchmark Foam. (Click on photos to view enlarged versions.)

A recent edition of the NOVA Chemicals’ Focus! newsletter reveals the results of recent studies on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. One study reveals that EPS foam insulation reduces the carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing energy savings.  (To read the entire article, click here.) The Focus! newsletter said:

EPS Foam Insulation Reduces Carbon Footprint.

Installed Benchmark Foam ICF insulating concrete forms ready for concrete pour

Stay-in-place Benchmark Foam ICF insulated concrete forms ready for concrete pour.

 “Greenhouse gas reductions and energy savings are quantified in this study of using EPS foam insulation in single family residential construction, which shows dramatic results in both the U.S. and Canada. The analysis compared the use of EPS foam insulation to the energy used and emissions generated in the production, processing and transportation of this material. It was conducted for the EPS Molders Association by Franklin Associates.”

“…energy savings are not only substantial but also rapid, providing a 100 percent payback in as little as three months after occupancy. These results present a powerful case for the significant contributions of EPS insulation in making homes more efficient, comfortable and environmentally sustainable. For example, the analysis finds an energy payback period of less than 17 months and a recapture of greenhouse gas emissions in less than 10 months for adding EPS insulation to America’s homes.”

Benchmark Foam Thermo-Snap insulated panels for in-floor heat

Thermo-Snap™ (patent pending) insulated panels simplify the in-floor heat system with built-in tube management system.

Always environmentally responsible, Benchmark Foam continues to research and develop products that help protect the environment while enabling customers to save money on energy costs.  To help achieve these goals, Benchmark manufactures eps360®, a 100% recycled product that can be used in many construction applications.

Call Benchmark today at 800-658-3444 or 605-886-8084 to discuss your upcoming building plans. Tell its experienced team about your construction goals. Learn which products would be the perfect fit for your commercial or residential projects. Your needs will be met with a quick response – it’s their guarantee!

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