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Benefits of Xflam Over Competing Insulation Products

Benefits over other EPS/Phenolics composites

Improved strength characteristics
Aesthetics much better - optical flatness possible
Easy working and machining - improved handling
Panels resistant to damage by foot traffic and site handling problems
Excellent insulation properties - thinner sections possible
Panels LPS 1181 approved
Panels FM Class 1 approved
Xflam process much simpler - cost effective process
Manufacturing costs lower - improved profitability

Benefits over PIR

Excellent compressive strength
Dimensional Stability - no warping
Improved adhesion - excellent bonding obtained
Ease of Machining - with reduced dust
Resistance to damage by foot traffic
Clean burning and reduced smoke emmissions
Does not age - constant thermal performance
Low capital cost to manufacture
Product characteristics ideal for 'Bonded Panel' applications
Completely Ozone friendly - and recycling of waste is an option

Benefits over Mineral Rock Fibre

Higher strength - superior structural performance
Much lighter and easier to handle - faster installation time
Improved adhesion
Can be cut and machined easily - increased manufacturing output
Negligible water retention and non fibrous
Clean burning and reduced smoke
Superior thermal performance
Less expensive than mineral rock fibre boards
Low capital cost to manufacture 

Insurance Industry and Xflam

The insurance industry has had considerable losses over the past decade not least the 9/11 disaster in New York. The decline in the value of stock market equity over the past few years has compounded their problems.

The industry has been forced to identify areas where losses are unjustifiable and one of the major areas where losses have been excessive is in large factory buildings erected using panels with combustible core materials - particularly Expanded Polystyrene.

As a result many buildings have been subjected to severe premium hikes and in some cases buildings have been uninsurable at any price. Some companies have had to line their buildings with non-combustible materials, or re-clad the building altogether.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) in the UK and Factory Mutual in the USA have taken a lead in resolving this problem by recommending the use of 'approved' panel systems with either non-combustible core materials or cores of limited combustibility.

Xflam falls into the latter category and has passed the approvals of both organisations. Currently Xflam cored panels hold the following accreditations:

  • LPS 1181 Part 1 Grade B
  • Factory Mutual FM4880 Class 1

Xflam has now been approved for projects in both Australia and UK, with insurers accepting the results of fire tests under the above standards.

Environmental Benefits

The manufacture and use of Xflam is already environmentally beneficial relative to other foams as there is no detrimental effect on the ozone layer. In addition Xflam is the only fire-resistant insulation material that is both recyclable in itself and is capable of absorbing recycled foams such as EPS, PUR and PIR.

Many refurbishment projects, being carried out world-wide, now include the useful disposal of old foams as a requirement. There is the possibility that with the Xflam process these foams could be granulated, coated and remoulded into useful product, rather than simply being incinerated (producing harmful gasses) or going to landfill.