To solve the nation’s housing shortage, more than 250,000 new homes are desperately needed across the UK every year for many years to come. And with cavity wall and roof insulation the accepted norm in new build properties, the emphasis now is on making cold, non-insulated flooring a thing of the past in new houses and apartments.
One fast, reliable floor insulation solution is demonstrated in a new video highlighting the advantages of airpop® to house builders. Used either in simple slab or tailored ‘beam and block’ applications the installation of ‘airpop – engineered air’ – the new name adopted by the European expanded polystyrene industry – could not be simpler and brings major benefits in energy conservation, reduced fuel bills and significant savings of time and installation costs on site. The constant insulation value across the full life of a building – means thermal performance for grey EPS/Airpop is 0.03 W/mK and for white – 0.038 W/mK for EPS 70 falling as low as 0.032 for higher density EPS 500.
The new video which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/SU0kGYw8oB4 demonstrates that airpop® is exceptionally lightweight and can be transported to site and lifted into place where it is easily cut and installed with no special equipment needed. Once in place, it provides a firm, level insulation ready to take the final screed. It can also create a ventilated airspace and even act as a stable ‘carrying board’ for underfloor heating systems below the screed.
As Chairman of the EPS Group of the British Plastics Federation, David Emes points out: “We wanted to make this video to show the ease and simplicity that airpop brings to flooring insulation. The film is sponsored by the UK’s main manufacturers of airpop and each of them is able to offer expert advice on the use of the material on any project large or small.”
As well as high impact strength, light weight and design versatility, airpop® also offers outstanding environmental credentials. It is 98% air – bound in a polymer matrix. It’s recyclable at the end of its life and has BBA Approval, BRE Certification and many wider industry accreditations. It also comes “closest of any modern building material to fulfilling the 60-year performance life target set by the UK Building Regulations”. As an extra reassurance to housebuilders airpop® is non-toxic, chemically inert, non-irritant and rot-proof. Fungi and bacteria cannot grow on airpop® and it is insoluble and non-hygroscopic. “Moisture contact will not lead to product or performance deterioration which means it can also be used as clay heave protection in foundations” said David Emes.