Germany is considered the birthplace of expanded polystyrene, which began to use it as a heat-insulating material in 1951.
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Expanded polystyrene has been used in construction for 40 years. During this time, it has established itself as an economical, easy-to-use material with a low degree of vapor permeability and water resistance. Most often it is used for thermal insulation purposes.
In addition to its already listed qualities, expanded polystyrene is an absolutely neutral material that does not emit substances harmful to humans, including the environment. Environmentally friendly during operation, has no expiration date restrictions. Moreover, expanded polystyrene is not an environment in which microorganisms and bacteria multiply, such as mold or putrefactive fungus, rodents and various living creatures do not start in it, it does not crack, and air permeability allows the building to “breathe”.
In addition, expanded polystyrene belongs to the same category as plastics, which, when burned, emit gases identical to the combustion of wood.
In construction, expanded polystyrene gains advantages over other types of insulation, including in many respects it surpasses mineral wool. For example, it does not make the structure of the building heavier, and compared to the same mineral wool, it is 4 times lighter, because 99% consists of air, which is enclosed in small cells that do not allow it to move, it also does not have moisture-proof properties equal.
Expanded polystyrene refers to “monomaterials” (consists of one type of material), and can be 100% recycled.
In addition to being used in the construction industry, expanded polystyrene has found application in other areas. It is effectively used in biology and microbiology, which carefully select materials for application. This once again confirms that this material does not pose any danger to health and the environment.