Shelter Enterprises rigid EPS foam insulation products are durable, versatile, energy efficient and cost-effective solutions for construction and architectural applications.
EPS insulation delivers consistent performance in tough weather conditions, is termite and mold resistant, and above all is CFC free (ozone safe). With so many benefits, it’s easy to see why EPS is the preferred insulation among architects, designers, builders and contractors.
Shelter Retaining Walls
Shelter GeoFoam EPS is an excellent substrate for any style Retaining Walls.
Shelter GeoFoam EPS can be used as backfill behind retaining and buried structures to greatly reduce lateral pressures on the structure. Because the horizontal pressure acting on a retaining wall is proportional to the weight of the backfill, a less robust retaining structure is needed if the backfill soil in the active zone behind the retaining wall is replaced with Shelter GeoFoam EPS .
Likewise, the use of Shelter GeoFoam EPS backfill behind retaining and buried structures also limits the horizontal forces that can develop during earthquakes. In retaining wall applications, adequate drains should be provided to prevent the development of hydrostatic pressure and uplift due to buoyancy for sites with shallow groundwater and loose soils.