- Written by Dr. Ir. Govind Rauniyar, INEOS NOVA Technology, Breda, The Netherlands
The new EU energy efficiency policy (Recast EPBD Directive 2010/31/EU) and the 20/20/20 rule both call for improved building insulation measures in order to meet the energy-saving challenges of today's world. The building sector is the largest energy consumer, greater than either transport or heavy industry.
The technique of insulating buildings and dwellings using standard white expandable polystyrene (EPS) is well established. In the past decade a new generation of EPS has emerged in the market place. This type of polymer, 'grey EPS,' contains special additives that reduce the overall thermal conductivity of the foam produced from it, giving it better insulating properties in comparison to standard white EPS foam.
EPS Silver Polymer, a superior thermal insulation material from INEOS NOVA, is one such new product for building and construction applications. This article will provide an insight into the processing, properties and commercial applications of this new polymer.