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Specialists in Structural and Civil Engineering

The Building Envelope

thermal insulation

Building materials and design that maximises the exclusion of heat and direct sunshine in summer and trap and store heat and prevent heat loss in the winter increase the effectiveness of the building envelope creating much more comfortable and less expensive to maintain living environments.

The introduction of Energy Efficiency Standards for Buildings through legislation which will be promulgated by 2008 in South Africa and will intervene to reduce peak electricity demand usage and slow the growth in overall power demand. Thermal insulation will then be a pre-requisite in future building design.

Did you know...

You can reduce your energy bill by 30% by purchasing energy efficient products for your home!

Why wait?

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a cost effective material for thermal insulation in a number of building applications.

MRH Consulting Engineers are focused on bringing this and other advantages of EPS in building to the South African market.

Advantages of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products

  • Lightweight, easy to transport and install.
  • Moisture resistant, increasing water penetration resistance.
  • Sound absorbency, increases sound insulation particularly when used in combination with harder building materials such as concrete.
  • Safe to use, non toxic, does not contain CFCs, can be 100% recycled, does not harbour micro-organisms, is odorless and non-allergenic.
  • Versatile, it can be moulded, shaped and cut into virtually any shape or pattern, allows the cost effective production of numerous decorative building products such as mouldings and cornices.
  • Fire retardant. All EPS used inEBS building products is fire retardant and will not propagate or contribute to the spread of fire.
  • Long lasting. EPS does not rot or degrade over time and remains dimensionally stable so EPS building products will remain fully functional for the life of any building in which they are used.