Calling for Accountability in the Public Discourse on XPS Insulation
Industry competitors and activist groups with hidden agendas are distorting the facts on XPS and the safety of flame retardants. They use faulty studies to make their own products look better, and routinely cherry-pick ‘facts’ that fit their own narrative while obscuring their ulterior financial motive: consumer preference for XPS foam insulation is a threat to their bottom-line. Opportunistic media all too regularly takes the bait, relying on the same faulty studies while ignoring the facts about the benefits of XPS foam insulation. Press coverage of these issues routinely shows selective sourcing, statistics that distort the whole picture, and a basic failure to ask anyone in our industry for clarifying perspectives.
The public deserves a balanced, evidence-based discussion on insulation products and flame retardants. We stand at the ready, and intend to defend our core principles in the public discourse. Among them:
- XPS foam insulation meets a high level of building and fire safety standards and regulations in the country.
- Our insulation is durable, affordable, moisture resistant, and energy-efficient.
- Flame retardants should be an essential component of insulation to help keep families and firefighters safe.
- We are constantly innovating to improve our products, including the development of new and more effective flame retardants
We are an association of businesses who together manufacture and sell more than 95 percent of the Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS) insulation in North America. Our products can be found in various structures from homes and offices to the Washington Convention Center to the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. We strive to provide the best, energy-efficient insulation for consumers at an affordable price, while maintaining our commitment to quality, safety, sustainability and innovation.
Our products are formulated to meet rigorous international building and fire safety codes and standards, and are proven the best insulation for resisting moisture, which can otherwise drastically diminish performance. The strength and durability of XPS foam insulation makes it one of the most versatile materials in the building industry. In addition, flame retardants are used in XPS foam insulation to meet fire safety regulations – which afford residents and firefighters crucial time to escape deadly situations, and can prevent the spread of small fire sources.
Ongoing innovation in the blowing agents used to give structure to XPS insulation has only improved the long-term, net environmental benefits of these products. Current hydrofluorocarbon-containing blowing agents result in zero ozone depletion.
We intend to use this platform to help educate the public and bring balance to the conversation about XPS foam insulation and flame retardants. No more unchecked distortions. It’s time for clarity.