The FoAM-BUILD project will develop thermoplastic particle foam using newly developed raw materials, additives and process set-ups.
A nano-scaled structure will be used for the particle foam cell morphology to achieve the targeted insulation behaviour; new polymer blends and nano-scaled nucleating agents in combination with a new high pressure drop rate expansion process will be developed to realise the nano-cellular foam.
This development has the following objectives:
- Higher insulation properties than conventional insulation materials; 50% lower thermal conductivity.
- Cost and energy-efficient, industrial-scale processes that are used for EPS production.
- Recyclability (100% of the foam due to thermoplastic material).
- Same properties as conventional ETICS (ETAG 004) in terms of insulation properties, mechanical resistance and stability health environment etc.
In the project, the new particle foam will be implemented into insulation panels that are lighter, thinner and more cost-effective than conventional panels.
The objectives are:
- Reduction of thickness up to 50%
- Reduction of weight by 40%
- Cost savings of 40% leading to an achieved price level of €50 to €60 per square metre.
- Increasing the degree of freedom for architectural design of buildings due to reduced thickness.