Tag: EPS

The Advantage ICF System helps a Calgary Hotel meet Construction & Performance Goals

“This flagship hotel complex is about one kilometer from the south runway of Calgary’s international airport. It had to be built during the winter months. It had to have a high sound transmission rating, energy efficiency, and be everlasting and durable to preserve asset…

The Importance of a Vapor Barrier for Below-Grade Insulation Applications

Moisture moves all the time. Whether you are in an older home that you are remodeling, or building a brand new home from scratch, moisture management needs to be on your checklist of “Things to Do.” In the “Rules of Building Performance” from Construction Instruction, Rule #2 is that moisture moves from warm to cold, followed by Rule #3, that moisture moves from more to less. The concept to remember here is that moisture is always moving.

Thankfully, the solution to this is known as a vapor barrier. Vapor barriers keep moisture away from the building material you are trying to keep dry.  Building materials are going to wick moisture, some more than others, but all will to some extent. By keeping your building materials dry, you prolong their life and maintain the efficiency of the task you installed them to do. While Plasti-Fab EPS is a closed cell insulation, a vapor barrier is still recommended based on local building codes to protect it from the elements. Let’s look at a few installation examples using Plasti-Fab’s EPS Insulation. 

How to Insulate your Home with Exterior Sheathing from Plasti-Fab

It’s that season where all those outdoor home and garden projects are underway or they are in your plans to be completed sooner than later. If one of those items on your list is better insulating your home; let’s talk exterior sheathing, which is now commonly…

Plasti-Fab’s Exterior Sheathing Insulation – Keeping You Cool When Temperatures Soar

Follow us on Twitter;  @plastifab It’s June, and depending on your climate, you are probably experiencing the joys of summer, including temperatures that can really put a strain on the air conditioner.   We are all trying to find the best way to keep our…

Plasti-Fab Commercial Construction Series – Insulated Roofing Solutions

As we move into the final stages of building and insulating our commercial building, let’s take a look at what we have this far. First, the below grade insulation solutions created an excellent, energy-efficient foundation for the building. Then we moved on to the…

GeoFoam Solutions by Plasti-Fab – Not your average fill material

EPS geofoam is inherently multi-functional, which makes it effective to use in a wide variety of applications. It offers special advantages for construction on soft ground, slope stabilization and retaining walls. EPS geofoam has been used in road and airfield pavements and railway tracksystems, beneath refrigerated storage buildings, sports arenas and storage tanks to prevent ground freezing and heaving and in below-ground building segments to reduce seasonal heating and cooling requirements.

The Power of Geofoam – A case study on the use of Plasti-Fab GeoFoam for Soil Stabilization

Geospec reduces the load on underlying soils which would minimize the amount of settlement and stabilizing needed for the schools built up foundation. Read on to learn how Plasti-Fab geofoam was used to stabilize the soils beneath this school.

Indiana Department of Transportation chooses Plasti-Fab® EPS Geofoam for road improvements in LaPorte

When dramatic weather changes created poor road conditions, the Indiana DOT decided to bring on a team of people to proactively rework the road with more than just dirt and concrete.

Better Building Ideas from the Ground Up: Part 3 – Above Grade Walls

Welcome back to our mini series on building an energy efficient home! So far we have covered below grade insulation applications, and today we are moving to above grade walls and the insulation solutions for energy efficient homes.

Better Building Ideas from the Ground up: Part 2-Let’s talk Walls

Last week we covered the various types of insulation solutions that you can choose from for insulating a basement floor. Today, we are staying underground, and going to discuss some insulation options for your below grade walls. When insulating your walls below grade, you…