EPS Technology. Advantages and Disadvantageous of EPS
EPS Technology- Advantages and Disadvantageous of EPS Technology
The expanded polystyrene (EPS) technology involves construction of houses by assembling ready-made EPS foam, sandwiched between a galvanised steel wire mesh that is plastered on both sides with concrete.
There are usually single panels that can be used to construct up to 4 storeys and double panels that can be used up to 20 storeys.
Advantages and Disadvantages of EPS Technology
Being a manufactured product, EPS are very eco-friendly by ensuring minimal degradation of the natural environment that is heavily impacted by mining stones in quarries. There will be minimal construction waste as EPS is recyclable and Reusable.
Shorter construction time
Buildings take a shorter time to construct. When using the EPS technology, a building takes a very short period of time before occupation.
With this technology, a developer can implement virtually any building. What the developer only needs to do is just to think and be creative
They have a higher resistance hence are safer during huge impacts such as earthquakes and tremors.
Insulation Properties. EPS is undoubtedly an excellent thermal insulator. Often used in the building industry to insulate external walls, partition walls between apartments and also, in a more dense form, for structures such as ceilings, terraces and roofs.
The EPS panels are also sound proof that allows for some confidentiality and keep away noise pollution.
The price of the EPS panels is slightly expensive compared to the traditional machine cut stones that may impact on the overall construction cost.
The EPS panels require screed/ plaster on both sides of the panel that may increase the cost of construction.
The labour required to construct using the EPS panels is scarce and thus more expensive.
Being a relatively new building technology, there is minimal skilled labour available for maintenance purposes post-construction for example, when there is a leakage or any fault occurring to the built structure.
Cost benefits of using EPS panel’s technology accruing from reduced costs as construction time is reduced and lower materials cost has not been enjoyed many Kenyan homeowners. Cost of construction with EPS is still high, however it may be an alternative cheaper construction method over time. This as more and more people gain the skills in using EPS materials and with the assumption that materials used to manufacture and build the EPS panels become cheaper.