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The Deans of Green

The Deans of Green

Polystyrene Foam Panels: Green Yesterday, Not Today

comments (5) August 3rd, 2009 in Blogs
MikeGuertin Mike Guertin, editorial advisor

Rigid insulating foam panels have been used for many years to sheath and insulate homes both above and below grade but the cover article in this month’s Environmental Building News (EBN) titled “Polystyrene Insulation - Does It Belong in a Green Building” may squelch use and cause manufacturers to do some reformulating.  The problem according to the article is the bromated flame retardant HBCD that’s added to the foam.  EBN provides an accounting of the issues and offers substitute material ideas.  

posted in: Blogs, green building, insulation, safety, EPS, XPS, polystrene

Comments (5)

ErgoDesk ErgoDesk writes: Get over-it and get with the program, EPS Foam is greener than wood.
Posted: 11:06 pm on October 25th

Matt1 Matt1 writes: I agree with TGuide. Thanks, but no thanks.
Posted: 11:25 pm on November 14th

danwayne danwayne writes: seems like withholding a health and safety tip from the public is wrong.
Posted: 3:31 am on September 14th

servant74 servant74 writes: does anyone that has access want to post a short synopsis?
Posted: 8:04 am on August 31st

TGuide TGuide writes: Mr. Guertin, though I'm sure it is a great article, I have no desire to pay $12.95 for a week to $199.00 for a week or a year, to read said article. Thanks for the heads up anyways.
Posted: 10:30 pm on August 4th

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