New flexible and stronger aerogel expected to open new applications for super-insulated homes.
"Building envelope applications are a natural for aerogel, and companies such as Thermoblok, Aspen and Cabot already have been working in these markets. Despite the production, handling and installation problems of silica aerogel, there has been some evidence that just using small strips of the material to prevent thermal bridging at target areas—such as wall studs—can be cost effective. So, cheaper and flexible aerogel strips would go a long way toward making the savings calculation easier. The housing stock in Europe, particularly Northern Europe, is particularly in need of improved insulation (no word yet on the results of the EU’s first Aerocoins aerogel workshop that was to be held this past June). Meador says that the new aerogel is five to 10 times more efficient than existing insulation, with a quarter-inch-thick sheet providing as much insulation as three inches of fiberglass. These insulation values are generally in line with ordinary silica aerogel, so the ease of use is the main thing here."
Read on Cabot website.
Cabot aerogel is also enabling the next generation of insulating plasters:
- 2 – 3 times more effective than currently available insulating plasters and even better than currently used insulation boards with lambda values down to 0.028 W/mK
- Easy spray coating application works on uneven surfaces, piping or cables
- No insulation board handling or cutting for reduced installation time and cost
- No gaps for water condensation, no head bridges
- Can easily model the shape of the facade - will not change its appearance
- Inorganic system is ideal for retrofitting of historical buildings
- Vapor open, can be used in interiors or exteriors
- Light weight, easy to handle
- Can reach fire class A2
For more information, visit www.fixit.ch/aerogel
Cabot aerogel can also be used in its granular form for cavity wall infill or in a blanket form, Thermal WrapTM. The Thermal Wrap blanket is especially useful in applications where a thin product is required that can be easily cut, rolled, and/or shaped on the job site. Because it delivers high insulation performance even when compressed, it is especially useful as a thermal break in places that otherwise conduct heat, such as over studs and around windows (i.e. strips).Still have questions? Click here for FAQs.
For more information on board insulation and finishing systems, visit:
From Inhabitat website:
|Aerogel is fireproof, mildew-proof yet allows moisture to move through.|
More: Space-age Aerogel Insulation Now Cheaper and Available in Sheets | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
Answers to more questions here. Buy Aerogel and get samples here.