Welcome to the first issue of the Polyfoam XPS email newsletter The Build-Up. Every month we’re putting together a round-up of useful resources and interesting news, focusing on delivering quality across design, specification and construction.

About Us

Polyfoam XPS Ltd is a leading manufacturer of closed cell, extruded polystyrene insulation. Through our Floorboard and Roofboard ranges, Polyfoam XPS Ltd offers high quality, high performance, rigid, closed cell, extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation for use in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings alike.

Demystifying Standards

Architects and specifiers are often told which standards or codes of practice they should be working to, and what they need to know about them. But many standards are big documents with a hefty price tag, meaning they are not always accessible or digestible.

In a new series of blog posts, we’ll demystify some of those standards. We’ll explain how we apply them as part of providing you with XPS insulation products, and technical services such as U-value calculations.

Technical Support for BS6229

What do architects and design professionals need to know about BR 443?

Any designers who perform their own U-value calculations should already be familiar with BR 443 and be applying its conventions. For designers who obtain calculations from elsewhere, however, do they need to know what is in the document? Read more

Design Resources

  • 99% Invisible is a long-running, design-focused, US-based podcast. Episodes cover building design, climate change and much more. We recommend browsing the archive and picking whatever sounds most interesting to you, but a good starting point is the episode about the invention of air conditioning and how it influenced the outcome of the 1980 US election.
  • In Designed to Perform, architect Tom Dollard offers practical advice on how to address the performance gap in buildings. Illustrated throughout with comprehensive thermally modelled details, the book identifies common building fabric issues and offers the solutions to create comfortable, low energy homes.
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Getting More From Polyfoam XPS

In need of more technical insight after reading this newsletter? The Polyfoam XPS blog is a hub for information about XPS insulation, ground floor and flat roof design and construction, relevant standards, and industry issues. Not sure where to start? Our most popular post is Bearing the Load: Floorboard Insulation, or you can browse the blog and pick out topics of interest.

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