Expanded Polystyrene Australia - September 2016
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Welcome to the September edition of the EPSA newsletter. 

This month’s edition looks at industry news from within the association, across the nation and around the world.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held on September 22 at the Savoy in Melbourne.

The event will present a fantastic opportunity for members from across the country to network and share ideas with their interstate contemporaries, as well as hear from some of the Australian EPS industry's most respected and experienced individuals. We look forward to seeing you all there.
As ever, if there is an issue you’d like to know more about or want to have your say, please don’t hesitate to contact Georgi or myself at the EPSA secretariat with your suggestions.

Becher Townshend
Executive Director 

EPSA Annual Conference

Save the date

The 2016 EPSA Annual Conference will be held on the September 22.

To make sure you don't miss out on this important event, please save the date in your diary and return your registration form as soon as possible. 

For more information email

Turning EPS trash into treasure

London based designer Paul Cocksedge has made a chandelier out of nothing but polystyrene cups.

The upcycled chandelier incorporates hundreds of heat-shrunk cups, broken up by small gaps in between that allow light to dapple on surrounding surfaces.  

Click here for the full article.

EPS keeping you cool in summer

A young engineer in Malta, Stefan De Marco has transformed his 1955 top-floor apartment so that it doesn’t require electricity to cool down in summer. Among other techniques, the engineer used layers of EPS to insulate the roof and walls.

"The energy saving measures I used in this apartment can be retrofitted to any existing house," Mr De Marco said.

Click here for the full article.

Would you like to become an associate member of EPSA?

Do you recycle EPS? Then you are eligible to become an associate member and participate in furthering the aims of EPSA.  

For more information email

Waste Expo 2016

This October, Victoria's Waste Expo is on again. Being held at the Melbourne Convention Center on the 4th, 5th and 6th October. 

For more information, click here

Sustainability awards 2016

Expanded Polystyrene Australia joins the Queensland Government in celebrating the environmental achievements of Queensland communities, schools, rural landholders, business and industry.

Winners and finalists will be announced at a three-course awards presentation dinner hosted by the Premier on Thursday 17 November 2016 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

To book your tickets, visit the EHP website.

EPS improving energy efficiency

The National Construction Code requires new constructions in Australia to achieve a minimum of 6 Stars to be deemed energy efficient.

The use of EPS insulation panels in new builds or renovations is minimising reliance on power-hungry heating and cooling devices and is improving the thermal performance of homes.

Click here for the full article.

EPS used in affordable housing scheme in Nairobi

Commercial Bank of Africa has partnered with Bamburi Cement and Koto Housing to offer affordable housing in Nairobi, Kenya.

The houses will be constructed using EPS technology and will ensure that young Kenyans earning minimum wage can afford to buy into the housing market.

Click here for the full article.

“EPS not the real culprit”

Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association president Datuk Lim is urging people to “get the facts right” before banning the use of EPS.
Mr Lim suggests that by banning polystyrene you are simply transferring the problem as opposed to fixing it. As polystyrene is recyclable and only makes up for 1.4% of Malaysia’s total waste, banning it will not resolve the country’s landfill issue.
Click here for the full article.

British artist using EPS in mind-bending installation

Although it may look like a perfectly angled picture, the top half of this historic London landmark really looks like it's hovering in mid-air! This mind-bending installation was created by British artist Alex Chinneck.

To make the shell as light as possible, Chinneck and his team of over 100 contributors carved the sculpture out of EPS. 

Click here for the full article.

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