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The Housing Industry can save our Planet. This Introduction to Constructing, SUPER INSULATED, PASSIVE, NET ZERO Construc
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Created by Ergo Desk
Published 6/2011
Price: Free
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What Will I Learn?
  • Students will be able to understand the reasons and Techniques in Building Net-Zero Structures
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  • Designing and Building Simple Net-Zero Structures

The Housing Industry can save our Planet.

This Introduction to Constructing, SUPER INSULATED, PASSIVE, NET ZERO Construction will give you a chance to make the changes that the WORLD is waiting for.

Who is the target audience?
  • Architects and Building Designers
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1 Lecture 00:48
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User benefits of EPS

How Does Expanded Polystyrene EPS Foam Come to Life

Description: EPS Geofoam is a lightweight, geo-synthetic fill material that consists of closed-cell expanded polystyrene (EPS) and meets or exceeds the requirements of ASTM D6817. Geofoam is manufactured in a common density range between 1 to 3 lb/ft3 and is an ideal, lightweight fill alternative for many construction applications. The Right Way to Spell the Word: Expanded Polystyrene ESP Geofoam, EPS Geofoam, Geofoam, Geo-foam, and Geo Foam. Geofoam or EPS Geofoam are the two ways that are correct. Where Does The Word Geofoam Come From? The University of Syracuse has a Geofoam research department that came up with the term Geofoam. All it really does is describe the fact that the foam will be used under the ground. Geo, for ground, and foam, for... foam. You get the point. It is a very simple idea, but it works every time. Uses: Geofoam is commonly used in areas where unstable soil conditions exist and as an alternative to various fill materials. The unique load disbursement and lightweight characteristics of Geofoam help to minimize any post-construction settling. Geofoam is also used as backfill to reduce lateral earth pressure behind adjacent structures such as retaining walls.

What is Geofoam? EPS Geo-foam Geo foam

Graphite-Enhanced EPS

Regular EPS and Graphite-Enhanced EPS

Find out how NEOPOR® graphite-enhanced EPS insulation is made, and how it uses reflection to reduce thermal transfer and improve building energy efficiency. For more information on NEOPOR visit:

Graphite-Enhanced EPS Insulation

Introduction To EPS Foam 

Benifits of using Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)

Expanded Polystyrene comes as small beads of resin. The beads are impregnated with the naturally occurring gas, pentane. The beads are then heated in a pre-expander; with the combination of this heat, and the rapid release of the gas, the bead is expanded to almost 50 times its original size. After expansion, the beads are aged between 12 and 48 hours, which allows the internal vacuum in the beads to refill with air. The pre-expanded EPS beads are then injected into a steam chest mould.Steam applies heat and pressure, which fuses the beads together into the required shape or form. Expanded Polystyrene has many useful properties. It has low thermal conductivity, and therefore can be used as an insulator against heat and cold. It is widely used to package fresh fish and produce, as it is able to help keep food fresh through the distribution chain. It is also used within the pharmaceutical industry to package items that are temperature sensitive, and need to be transported throughout the world. With its high compressive strength, it is excellent at absorbing shocks, and protecting delicate items.As there is no loss of strength in damp conditions, it is ideal for cool-chain products. Being moisture resistant, EPS easilyexceeds the most stringent of hygiene requirements. Made up of 98% air, Expanded Polystyrene is extremely lightweight, and as a result, the cost of transport of this material is significantly reduced. This in turn reduces emissions due to fuel consumption, thus less impact on global warming. Further, Expanded Polystyrene is odourless and non-toxic. It does not, nor has ever emitted chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and is recyclable. The uses for EPS are limitless. It can be moulded into any shape or form to meet the customer’s and their product’s protection and insulation needs. 

Before and After

EPS Close-Up

EPS Close-Up

Expanded polystyrene foam Expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is usually white and made of expanded polystyrene beads. Some new innovative EPS products are grey due to the inclusion of graphite, which substantially increases the insulation performance. EPS is safe, non-toxic and inert. Familiar uses include packing "peanuts" and molded packing material for cushioning fragile items inside boxes. It is commonly packaged as rigid panels (size 4 by 8 or 2 by 8 square feet in the United States), which are also known as "bead-board". Thermal resistivity is usually about 28 m·K/W (or R-4 per inch in American customary units). Some EPS boards have a flame spread of less than 25 and a smoke-developed index of less than 450, which means they can be used without a fire barrier (but require a 15 minute thermal barrier) according to US building codes. A growing use of EPS in construction are Insulating concrete forms. Expanded polystyrene (EPS) isn’t just foam insulation; it’s also an innovated building material that can be used in a wide variety of construction projects. EPS is the ideal choice for green building designs, offering tangible environmental advantages with long-term energy efficiency. EPS has been recognized since the 1950s as excellent insulation but new applications are using EPS to addstructural integrity and energy-efficiency.

EPS FOAM - The Solution
Building Foundations
3 Lectures 00:00

It's all Childs Play

EPS Foam uses, and strenghts are shown here in a Slab Insulating System.

Now place this on your new insulated foundations.

Stack floors several stories high.

Proposed city built with EPS Foam.

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EPS Slab Foundation #1

EPS Foam set and ready for concrete

EPS Foundation #2
The Building Envelope
4 Lectures 00:00

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Slide Show of Haiti Construction

Construction of a styrofoam house in Honolulu, Hawaii

Structural EPS Composite Cross=Section

Cross-Section Close-UP of EPS Composite Structure

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SABS Promo Video

Strata Overview
1 Lecture 00:00

Assembly of styrofoam dome house manufactured by Japan Dome House, Co., Ltd.

Dome Parts

Styrofoam dome home
Structural Coating
2 Lectures 00:00

SABS building system in Mexicali Mexico


SABS building system in Mexicali Mexico

1 Lecture 00:00

Founded in 1977 by Carl Eric Klote, Klote International Corporation has created a unique market for its upholstery products based upon molded EPS (Expandable PolyStyrene) frames. Utilizing revolutionary techniques developed by its founder in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Scandinavia, this technology produces a one piece, light weight, yet extremely durable frame on which a sofa, loveseat, or chair can be built. The company is so confident in its product that it provides a 25 year limited warranty on all EPS frames. Klote continually strives to provide its customers, and the ultimate consumer, with design, function, and value. Many of the companys products convert to sleepers; enhancing its functionality and value to the consumer.

Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Framed From EPS Foam

Klote International Corporation
Pools and Spas
2 Lectures 00:08

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