Your Flat Pack Kit Home is built either on a concrete slab supplied by yourself, or on a steel pier/stump and steel floor system with timber flooring supplied as part of your kit.
Your interior and exterior walls are made from pre-painted (Colorbond), pre-insulated structural steel skinned panels 1200mm wide and 2700mm height. Your wall panels are precision cut to length and shape (including door and window openings) and are numbered to allow simple and fast assembly.
Your kit is supplied with a steel trussed roofing system and pre-painted (Colorbond) roof sheet in a range of colours. Your kit also comes with a Gyprock® ceiling kit that includes all sheeting and cornice.
Most Flat Pack Kit Homes are engineer designed and certified to be erected in cyclone category 2 Region B Designed for your region or higher. This means that in most areas of Australia, your Flat Pack Kit Home will be stronger than required.
Flat Pack Kit Homes are proud to be associated with EPS Panel Group of Australia
The EPS Panel Group of Australia was established in 2004 by Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) manufacturers, EPS panel manufactures and installers to promote the many applications of the EPS and EPS Panel Systems.
EPS is a lightweight cellular plastics material consisting of small spherical shaped particles containing about 98% air. This microcellular closed cell construction provides EPS with excellent insulating and shock absorbing characteristics.
EPS is produced in a wide range of densities providing a varying range of physical properties. These are matched to the various applications where the material is used to optimise its performance.
EPS is widely used in many everyday situations where its light weight, strength, thermal insulation and shock absorption characteristics provide economic, high performance products.
EPS has exceptional insulation properties, with a thermal resistance (R value) of 1.31 per 50mm of thickness for S class material, as defined by AS 1366 part 3: 1992. This makes it ideal for wall and underfloor insulation and external cladding of buildings.
Because of its cellular structure EPS is dimensionally stable, and will not settle over time. EPS used and installed correctly does not deteriorate with age and as such is able to deliver constant R values for the life of the building.
The almost exclusive use of EPS as the insulation material for coolstores and freezers is testament to its insulation ability in the most demanding of all insulation applications.
Equally, for the transport of chilled food such as fish, EPS is the ideal material for the boxes used in this application.
EPS exhibits excellent shock absorbing characteristics making it the first choice for packaging of a wide range of products including appliances, electronic products, computers and chemicals.
Its predictable characteristics enable packaging to be accurately designed to suit each product, and provide cost effective packaging.
EPS is an inert, organic material, and therefore will not rot and is highly resistant to mildew. It provides no nutritive value to plants, animals, micro organisms or rodents.
EPS will last the life of most buildings in which it is used, provided it does not suffer physical damage.
EPS is a closed cell material and does not readily absorb water, unless subjected to prolonged saturation. Even in this situation it maintains its shape, size, structure, physical appearance and approximately 85% of its insulation value.
The ability of EPS to resist moisture is exemplified by its widespread use in fishing floats and marinas, involving exposure to water for prolonged periods of time.
EPS is an extremely light weight material. Typically weighing between 12 and 30 kg per cubic metre, EPS has many advantages over other materials in packaging applications.
Equally in building situations, this lightweight characteristic is a major advantage in providing structural design economies. Additionally, when shaped to provide intricate architectural features, it allows architects the freedom to create historical, innovative and economic enhancements to buildings while still meeting strength and earthquake codes.
EPS is environmentally friendly, containing no CFCs or HCFCs, it is inert and safe for contact with food products, and requires much less energy to produce than many other materials.
In applications where fire resistance is necessary or desirable, such as building products, EPS is supplied containing a flame retardant which in normal use prevents ignition of the EPS if exposed to a flame. In a fire situation EPS generates less heat and smoke than most timbers and wood based products.
EPS is supplied either moulded to the exact shape required for its use, or can be easily cut and shaped when required to suit any application. Its light weight makes handling easy and safe. EPS does not irritate the skin and is non allergenic.
EPS has been used throughout the world for over 40 years in an extremely wide range of applications. Experience has proven that EPS performance can be reliably predicted wherever it is used. Manufacturers have developed and refined processes so products are consistent and of a high quality. Regulatory authorities are familiar with EPS and generally well aware of its excellent properties. EPS is widely respected throughout the world as a versatile, efficient material which plays an important part in our everyday life.
EPS is resistant to almost all aqueous media including dilute acids and alkalis, methanol, ethanol and silicone oils.
It has limited resistance to paraffin oil, vegetable oils, diesel fuel and Vaseline.
As EPS is heated it softens, and at about 150ºC it begins to shrink. This continues until it is reduced to its original density prior to expansion. Continued heating will melt it to liquid and then a combustible gas will form above 200ºC. This gas can be ignited at temperatures between 360ºC and 380ºC, and will self ignite around 500ºC. When burning, it produces 40 - 45 MJ/Kg of heat. Temperatures of this magnitude usually occur only in well developed fires.
As with many construction and packaging materials, EPS must be considered combustible. Its fire behaviour depends on the type of material and its application conditions. It is important to distinguish between the two commonly used grades of EPS.
All EPS used in construction products in Australia and New Zealand contains a flame retardant conforming to AS 1366, part 3 - 1992.
The flame retardant reduces the flammability and spread of flame on the surface of EPS products, to such an extent that it is classified as "flame retardant" according to the European Standard DIN 4102. If ignited with a flame the EPS extinguishes itself as soon as the ignition flame is removed.
The flammability of EPS construction products is reduced with surface coatings, such as plaster, and metal cladding as in sandwich panels. Non flame retardant EPS, typically used in packaging, will sustain combustion and the resultant fire spread at a rate of about 3cm per minute over the surface. This is comparable to other combustible solid materials. EPS does not catch fire spontaneously, and small sources of ignition will not ignite it.
The burning of EPS is less harmful than burning timber and many other commonly used building materials. Gases released during combustion are predominantly carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Tests carried out in accordance with European Standard DIN 53436 show that the levels of dangerous gases are considerably less than those occurring when burning timber.
Source: Plastics New Zealand.
It is estimated that over the past 50 years, more than 100 million square metres of EPS panel has been installed. EPS panels have been preferred for its many benefits including:
Temperature controlled manufacturing, storage or food processing facilities are ideal applications for the EPS panel system. The truth is that EPS panel system continue to be an accepted solution, now and into the future.
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