the environment matters !
Emball’Iso and the Airplac® Division are committed to protecting our environment for future generations. We endeavor to have the lightest foam board in each product category thus significantly reducing the amount of fuel required for their transport. Foam board weights more than 50% less than equivalent cardboard. The Airplac® polystyrene core has minimal impact on the ozone layer compared to the devastating effect of other competing products made of PVC or polyurethane.
Airplac® foam is composed of 98 % air.
The XPS expanded polystyrene is a polymer derived from Styrene. Once expanded, it is a cellular structure with mostly closed cells.
Airplac® panels are non-toxic when burned. In comparison, the polyurethane based products and foamed PUR panels release HCN acid (hydrocyanic acid) which is mortal if inhaled.
The paper liners on the Airplac® panels comes from suppliers that are PEFC or FSC certified.
Airplac® panels are composed of a styrene foam core that is naturally and permanently white. In order to obtain white cardboard for example, the raw material must undergo a treatment with toxic acids that are very aggressive to the environment.
The head Office factory in France was built to the most stringent environmental norms and is certified ISO 14001.
Heating and air conditioning are provided via a geo-thermal system that has a heat-pump directly connected to the ground water. The buildings conform to the thermal regulation RT2005.
The production lines have been fitted with overhead natural lighting.
Polystyrene foam is completely recyclable.
The most environmentally efficient disposal method for foam board is as combustible energy. Emball’Iso supplies all waste foam board to the Lafarge incinerators where it is transformed into energy.
All the Airplac® foam board factories have a compactor where the polystyrene waste is compacted before being transported back to Isopor in Germany for re-cycling. (Link to video)
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