EPS has been used in the building and construction industry for more than 50 years and has a strong proven track record of success in insulation applications. EPS construction applications range from decorative molding to thermal insulation and wall sheathing to ornamental hotel facades. Over time, innovative ways to utilize the performance and versatility of EPS have evolved to include applications such as Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), and roofing applications that incorporate slopes formed from the foam.
Along with its superior insulation properties, EPS can also provide mold resistance, flame resistance and easy installation with its varying thicknesses and low-weight property. Although many of these uses were pioneered 30 years ago, EPS building systems are becoming increasingly more popular as a standard construction method, with their utilization being sought across the United States, Latin America and in other growing regions. Third party certification assures that NOVA Chemicals EPS resins used in construction applications comply with building code requirements, such as compliance with ASTM C578.