New EPS Technical Bulletin No. 1026 –Labelling Foam Plastic for Code Compliance
We are pleased to announce Foam-Control EPS Technical Bulletin EPS No. 1026 is now available. The bulletin provides information on the required labelling of foam insulations for compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC).
The following are the critical considerations described in the technical bulletin when selecting and specifying insulation products for building applications.
- Labeling and identification. Packages and containers of foam plastic insulation and foam plastic insulation components delivered to the job site shall bear the label of an approved agency showing the manufacturer’s name, product listing, product identification and information sufficient to determine that the end use will comply
- Surface-burning characteristics. Foam plastic insulation shall have a flame spread index of not more than 75 and a smoke-developed index of not more than 450 where tested in the maximum thickness intended for use in accordance with ASTM E84 or UL 723.
- Roofing. Above deck expanded polystyrene board shall comply with ASTM C578.
Most importantly, Foam-Control products are all labeled and identified with a UL label to meet all these requirements.
Radon Guard Brochure
Foam-Control Radon Guard Update,
We are pleased to announce an update to the Foam-Control Radon Guard literature is available. The update consisted of two minor editorial changes and one typographical error correction.
The updated literature is attached to this email and also available on the Radon Guard website at www.radon-guard.com
If you have any questions on Radon Guard, please contact Mike or Todd at the AFM office.
EPS Technical Bulletin No. 1025 – Chemical Exposure
New EPS Technical Bulletin No. 1025 – Chemical Exposure
Foam-Control EPS is used in a wide variety of applications. There may be instances in applications where Foam-Control EPS is subjected to chemical exposure. This can be by either direct exposure to the chemicals or to their chemical vapors. Exposure to chemicals most commonly occurs during the installation process or as the result of exposure after the Foam-Control EPS is in place.
We are pleased to announce Foam-Control EPS Technical Bulletin EPS No. 1025 is now available. The bulletin provides information on the impact of chemical exposure for various chemical on Foam-Control EPS.
Radon Guard Brochure
Radon Guard Installation Instructions
Radon Guard Specifications
Radon Guard Evaluation Report
Introducing Foam-Control Radon Guard,
We are pleased to announce Foam-Control Radon Guard as a new member of the Foam-Control product family. Building codes are now requiring radon gas mitigation and RADON GUARD does this and more! – it’s structural, vents sub slab gases and insulates all in one product.
We have developed the following literature to support the introduction of Foam-Control Radon Guard:
- Foam-Control Radon Guard Sales Literature
- Foam-Control Radon Guard Installation Instructions
- Foam-Control Radon Guard Specification
In addition, Foam-Control Radon Guard is recognized in a new UL Evaluation Report UL ER11812-06 as a code compliance product for radon gas mitigation. The new literature and support materials are available on the NEW website that supports Foam-Control Radon Guard – http://www.radon-guard.com. The Radon Guard website also includes an introductory video on Radon Guard and a detailed installation video.
Updated Foam-Control Code Reports
We are pleased to announce the release of an update to the Foam-Control Code Evaluation Report UL ER 11812-01 covering Foam-Control EPS Products. A new Table 3 has been added which provides the potential heat of Foam-Control products. The potential heat is a value needed to show compliance of certain wall assemblies to the International Building Code (IBC).
Determining Minimum R-Value on Tapered Insulation Systems.
New Roofing Technical Bulletin No. 3018 – Determining Minimum R-Value on Tapered Insulation Systems.
We are pleased to announce Foam-Control EPS Technical Bulletin Roofing No. 3018 is now available. The bulletin provides information on the minimum thickness of Foam-Control EPS when part of tapered roof insulation.
In general, the thickness of roof insulation must meet minimum prescriptive R-values at 4 ft. from drain locations when insulation is tapered ¼ in. per foot.
California Prop 65 and Foam-Control EPS
The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65, requires any business whose product can expose consumers in California to a chemical the state has determined as “known to cause cancer” to label their products with a warning about potential exposure. Proposition 65 requires the California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer. On April 22, 2016 OEHHA announced styrene would be listed as known to the state of California to cause cancer. This announcement was accompanied by a proposal to establish a no significant risk level (NSRL) for styrene exposure at 27μg/person/day.
This has enabled the EPS Industry Alliance to conduct finite analysis that verifies exposure from residual styrene in expanded polystyrene products are significantly below the proposed NSRL. As a result of work completed by EPS-IA, the majority of expanded polystyrene foam applications used by consumers will not require labeling under California Proposition 65.
Please see attached document from EPS-IA that provides complete details. The document is also available on the Foam-Control website at http://www.foam-control.com/library/literature/literature-epsia
Comparing Polyiso and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) from the past to today
We are pleased to announce Foam-Control EPS Technical Bulletin Roofing No. 3017 is now available. The bulletin compares the performance of polyiso and EPS from the past to today.
A school building located in Minnesota was recently undergoing a roofing system replacement and it provided the perfect opportunity to evaluate the performance of the existing roof insulations. The school was originally built in 1999 and consisted of a combination of polyiso and EPS roof insulation. Samples of both products were removed from the roof and evaluated for R-value at various temperatures.
Testing demonstrated the vastly different temperature dependence between polyiso and EPS. A plot of the R-value for the 17 year old polyiso and new polyiso demonstrates the dramatic change in polyiso insulation in recent years. “New” polyiso loses significant R-value at cold temperatures.
In comparison, the R-value for 17 year old EPS and new EPS are similar. This demonstrates that EPS can be trusted to have stable R-value performance.
It is very important to understand that the latest generation of polyiso insulations and EPS have very similar R-values when used at cold temperatures. This has dramatic implications when selecting your insulation product and its thickness for use in cold weather and cold storage applications
We are pleased to announce the release of an updated ICC-ES ESR-1006 Foam-Control Code Report. Foam-Control EPS products continue to maintain the highest levels of recognition in in the insulation industry, with evaluation reports available from both ICC-ES and UL.
ASTM D6817 and ASTM C578 Summary Table
We are pleased to announce a new ASTM D6817 and ASTM C578 Summary Table is now available to demonstrate the primary differences between Foam-Control Geofoam and Foam-Control EPS products.
The key differences between Foam-Control Geofoam and Foam-Control EPS insulation products are:
- Foam-Control Geofoam has requirements for compressive resistance at 1% deformation
- Foam-Control EPS insulation has requirements for compressive resistance at 10% deformation
- Foam-Control EPS insulation has published R-values
We hope you find the new summary table useful to understand the differences between Foam-Control Geofoam and Foam-Control EPS insulations.