EPS sandwich panel in today’s Bangladesh.

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EPS Panel and its relevancy for Bangladesh.

The population of Bangladesh has a large number residing in the rural areas. The majority of house stock belonging to this group consists of building material like, mud, hay straws, jute sheets, bamboos and corrugated sheets. The basic reason for using these as building material is, its low purchasing price, although these material have less stability and no water resistance, still it’s used by the rural population as its readily available and they are used to its construction method.

EPS Panels, cost is higher than the locally used material but, when compared to its life span and maintenance, it would be cheaper with added advantages of insulation and water proof properties.

Corrugated sheets impose health hazards and that rust in water; EPS Panels are eco-friendly and does not get rusted with time.

The move towards making EPS Panels for low –income group is…

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12 thoughts on “EPS sandwich panel in today’s Bangladesh.

  1. ♥Thank you for sharing this Chris.
    You asked me how I’m doing, I doing fine as I accept the challenges presented as opportunities in my living 😉

    “EPS Panels” are unfamiliar to me, and as is my habit I did a internet search to learn more.
    While I still wish to learn more I have an initial response to the process of EPS Panels as not very impressed. The process to manufacture Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) appears to not be environmentally friendly (plastic & styrofoam are hazards already polluting the environment)even though the product itself is “economical to manufacture” and have adaptive engineered qualities.

    Wanting to improve the living standards in Bangladesh and replace dilapidated structures that squatters are living in is honorable. However even better engineering and housing designs are available for the poor that are environmentally nurturing.
    Compare “EarthShips”:
    http://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/community-center-earthship-flower-prototype-malawi/
    or
    “Hempcrete”:
    http://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/more-hemp-please/
    or others…

    I did not leave this comment with “kalabalu” as to not offend by imposing a contrary perspective, and I share this as a helpful reply to your sharing.
    Please consider alternatives I have listed above, or other alternatives.
    Feel free to share and discuss this with “kalabalu”.

    • Its okay to comment. EPS Panels are not the only possible solution for the housing stock improvement. Thanks to Chris Thomas for the re-blog :), feedback is important for any reason that it may fail to deal with housing, packaging, or floating
      away during high tides.

      • Thank you, kalabalu, for your kind comments.

        Chris shared your Post with me in his comment on my blog.
        After reading your post about EPS panels I researched it to discover details about EPS and found the manufacturing process is energy excessive and pollution prohibitive (IMHO). The emerging paradigm is moving away from these old meme engineering concepts that perpetuates the energy oligarchy of petroleum, coal, fracking, etc.
        Plastics (and other petro based products may become obsolete…) have inherent environmental hazards from production alone, not to mention the discarded products (waste) endangering wild life and the “perceived” need to dominate scarce resources through wars and political policies.
        Please see:
        http://ronmamita.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/19-year-old-develops-cleanup-array-to-remove-7250000-tons-of-plastic-from-oceans/

        I would be interested with what alternatives to EPS panels would be innovative and more helpful to the needs of specific communities in Bangladesh?
        There are a variety of “Earthship” designs, and “Hempcrete” homes have been built on stilts (off ground) that could possibly be adapted to flood zones?
        It sounds like a fun challenge that welcomes innovation and opportunity,

        Good fortune and prosperity to you and the people in Bangladesh!
        Sincerely,
        Ron

        • Could please tell me how is the production is hazardous ? That would be very much helpful, because, the panels are just now being introduced. And there is no discarded waste , because all that is re-used for production again. Since, the manufacturer are saying that, so I want to know exactly, how it is hazardous. You, know everything that gets introduced is marketed by keeping same facts hidden. I am sure, you know what actually it threats and how. waiting for your reply.
          Kalabalu-

    • Hey Ron,
      thank you very much for sharing, Hempcrete sounds very interesting! I like the fact that you always have a detailed research first, I just liked kalabalu’s idea but you’re right, she can still work on the environmental aspects of her solution. And I think she will as she already joined the discussion and is a very smart woman 🙂
      Have a great day, glad to hear you are fine 😉
      Chris
      P.S.: Would appreciate if you checked out some other posts on my blog, maybe you can recommend me even more of your blog then 🙂

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