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Extruded Polystyrene Insulation
2 Manufacturer the slab or over the deck or
subfloor. STYROFOAM Square
• ASTM D696 – Standard Test
Method for Coefficient of
The Dow Chemical Company Edge insulation is suitable for Linear Thermal Expansion of
Dow Building & Construction use in pervious, semi-pervious Plastics Between -30˚C and
200 Larkin and practically impervious soils. 30˚C with a Vitreous Silica
Midland, MI 48674 Dilatometer
1-866-583-BLUE (2583) SIZES • ASTM E96 – Standard Test
Fax 1-989-832-1465 Width and length: Methods for Water Vapor 2' x 8' and 4' x 8' Transmission of Materials
Thickness: • Meets IBC/IRC requirements
3 Product .75", 1", 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3", 4"
Edge treatment: Square edge
for foam plastic insulation;
see NES NER 699
Description • Factory Mutual Approved –
Not all product sizes are Subject to conditions of
STYROFOAM* Square Edge insu- available in all parts of the approval as a roof insulation
lation is an extruded polystyrene country. Contact your local when installed as described in
board that meets the needs of Dow representative for details. the current edition of the FM
the commercial foundation and Approval Guide
building floor slab market.
STYROFOAM extruded poly- 4 Technical Data PHYSICAL/CHEMICAL
styrene has more than 50 years APPLICABLE STANDARDS PROPERTIES
of proven performance in wet ASTM International STYROFOAM Square Edge
environments. The closed-cell • ASTM C578, Type IV – insulation exhibits physical
structure of STYROFOAM Standard Specification for properties as indicated in Table 1
Square Edge insulation resists Rigid Cellular Polystyrene when tested as represented.
water pickup, enabling it to Thermal Insulation For chemical resistance
retain a high R-value** over • ASTM C518 – Standard Test properties of STYROFOAM
time – a necessary pr operty in Method for Steady-State Square Edge insulation, see

STYROFOAM Square Edge Insulation

wet, below-grade commercial Thermal Transmission Table 2.
foundation applications. Properties by Means of the
Heat Flow Meter Apparatus ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
BASIC USE • ASTM D1621 – Standard Test STYROFOAM Square Edge insu-
STYROFOAM Square Edge Method for Compressive lation is manufactured with
insulation protects foundation Properties of Rigid Cellular HCFC blowing agents, which
damp-proofing and waterproofing, Plastics have 94 percent less ozone
especially during backfilling. It • ASTM C272 – Standard Test depletion potential than standard
also provides a secondary barrier Method for Water Absorption CFC blowing agents.
against groundwater leakage. of Core Materials for STYROFOAM Square Edge
With STYROFOAM Square Edge Structural Sandwich insulation is reusable in
insulation, freeze-thaw cycling Constructions many applications and can
of the foundation wall is mini- be recycled.
mized, reducing the potential TA B L E 1
for cracking. And a warmer
Physical Properties of STYROFOAM Square Edge Insulation
foundation can reduce the
P r o p er t y a n d Test M et h o d Va lue
potential for condensation.
Thermal Resistance (1) per inch, ASTM C518 @ 75°F mean temp.,
STYROFOAM Square Edge ft2• h• ° F/ B tu, m in. , R-value 5. 0
insulation can be used against Compressive Strength (2)
, AST M D 1 6 2 1 , psi, m in. 25
commercial interior walls and W ater Absorption, AST M C 2 7 2 , % by volum e, m ax . 0. 1
exterior foundation walls in Water Vapor Permeance (3)
, AST M E9 6 , perm , m ax . 1. 1
above- and below-grade applica- M ax im um U se Tem perature, ° F 165
tions. STYROFOAM Square Edge Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion, ASTM D696, in/in•°F 3.5 x 10 -5

insulation can be used under (1) R-values are consistent with criteria of ASTM C578 and requirements of FTC R-value rule (16 CFR Part 460).
(2) Vertical compressive strength is measured at 10 percent deformation or at yield, whichever occurs first.
(3) Based on 1" thickness.

**R means resistance to heat flow. The higher the

*Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company R-value, the greater the insulating power.
Distribucion Mexico
TA B L E 2 drainage systems should be
Chemical Resistance (1)
of STYROFOAM Square Edge Insulation installed. Ensure foundation
Ac i d , i n o r g a n i c , w e a k E x c e lle n t drainage meets local codes.
Ac id , inorg an ic , stron g E x c e lle n t Contact a local Dow represen-
Ac i d , o r g a n i c , w e a k E x c e lle n t tative or access the literature
Ac id , org anic , stron g G ood library at
B ases E x c e lle n t architect for more specific
Alc ohols, inc lud in g isopropyl alc oh ol E x c e lle n t instructions.
M et h y l et h y l k et o n e N o t r ec o m m en d ed
Polyglycols, including propylene glycol
H y d ro c arb o n s
N o t r ec o m m en d ed
6 Availability
S a lt s E x c e lle n t STYROFOAM Square Edge
In sec tic id es N o t r ec o m m en d ed insulation is distributed through
K erosene Po o r an extensive network. For
M in e r a l o il U S P E x c e lle n t
more information, contact your
N a p h t h a ( V M P) N o t r ec o m m en d ed
local Dow representative or call
Turpentin e N o t r ec o m m en d ed
B eer G ood
G asoline
Fruit juic es
N o t r ec o m m en d ed
G ood 7 Warranty
(1) Explanation of ratings:
Excellent = The plastic was unaffected for the duration of the test. NOTE: This table should be used as a guide only. For design Fifteen-year limited thermal
Good = A very slight clouding or discoloration of the plastic.
Poor = Considerable changes in plastic during exposure,
purposes, specific test data on the intended application may
be needed.
possible etching, discoloration, dimensional or weight changes.

Not recommended = Severe attack of the plastic. Became soft
and unusable after a few hours of exposure.
FIRE PROTECTION compatible adhesive to hold Not applicable.
STYROFOAM Square Edge insu- the boards in place during
lation is combustible; protect
from high heat sources. Local
backfilling. Apply caulk or
mastic to the top of the board 9 Technical
building codes may require a pro- to prevent water infiltration Services
tective or thermal barrier. For more behind the insulation. To
information, consult MSDS, call complete the installation, parge Dow can provide technical infor-
Dow at 1-866-583-BLUE (2583) the above-grade portions of mation to help address questions
or contact your local building STYROFOAM Square Edge when using STYROFOAM Square
inspector. insulation to protect from solar Edge extruded polystyrene insula-
radiation. tion. Technical personnel are
5 Installation It is recommended that any
masonry irregularities or jagged
available at Dow sales offices to
assist with any insulation project.
surfaces on the foundation
insulation boards are easy to wall or slab be removed prior
to installation. Below-grade
Filing Systems
handle, cut and install. The
square edge boards are designed walls should be protected from •
to ensure energy efficiency and moisture leakage and dampness architect
minimize on-site cutting and prior to installation of •
waste. Use a polystyrene- STYROFOAM Square Edge
insulation. Code-approved

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NOTICE: No freedom from any patent owned by Dow or others is to be inferred. Because use conditions and applicable laws may dif fer from one location to another and may change with time, Customer is
responsible for determining whether products and the information in this document are appropriate for Customer’s use and for en suring that Customer’s workplace and disposal practices are in compliance
with applicable laws and other government enactments. Dow assumes no obligation or liability for the information in this docume nt. NO WARRANTIES ARE GIVEN; ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF

COMBUSTIBLE: Protect from high heat sources. Local building codes may require a protective or thermal barrier. For more informa tion, consult MSDS, call Dow at 1-866-583-BLUE (2583) or contact your
local building inspector. In an emergency, call 1-989-636-4400.

Building and/or construction practices unrelated to insulation or housewrap could greatly affect moisture and the potential for mold formation. No material supplier including Dow can give assurance that mold will not
develop in any specific system.

Printed in U.S.A. *Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company Form No. 179-04454-0404P&M

of the Construction Specifications Institute and is used with their permission. The manufacturer is responsible for technical a ccuracy. ©1998 ARCHITECTS’ FIRST SOURCE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.