It should be no surprise to hear that aerogel, as a home and building insulation material, will be a standard for energy savings in the not-too-distant future. Aerogel’s cutting-edge insulating capabilities – aerogel is an advanced material with 15 entries in the “Guinness Book of Records, thanks to its unique properties — is the world’s lowest density solid and best protector against thermal bridging.
Aerogel is popping up in a wide variety of products in addition to Thermablok aerogel insulating strips, including subzero mountain climbing gear, sleeping bags, and even water bottles, for example. When it comes to addressing energy loss from a home or building, the aerogel component in Thermablok breaks conductive “thermal bridging” and can increase the overall wall R-value by more than 40 percent.
Homeowners, architects and builders are all looking for the next-generation answer to increasing energy efficiency, and finding it in Thermablok, thanks to its NASA-technology aerogel. For new construction or renovation, Thermablok aerogel strips install simply in a peel-and-stick application that attaches the Thermablok strips to one side of the stud.
Architects who designed the brand new environmentally sustainable Fabens U.S. Border Patrol Station in Clint, Texas have just completed installing 21,000 linear feet of Thermablok aerogel insulating strips on studs throughout the 51,000 square foot facility.
NASA named Thermablok aerogel insulating material to its prestigious “Spinoff” list of companies that have successfully adapted NASA technology to everyday products and made them available to consumers.
Today, aerogel technology is being adapted to a number of consumer products, from insulation to cold-weather gear, products in the electronics and computer industries. Since aerogel is manufactured by removing the liquid from a silica alcogel and replacing it with nothing but air, it is composed of 99.8 percent air. Some aerogels have a density as low as .001 grams per cubic centimeter (.0005 ounces per cubic inch), making it uber-thin and lightweight, with a lower bulk density that any other type of insulating material.
Architects and builders are just beginning to discover the advantages of aerogel insulating material, and Thermablok is on the forefront of aerogel technology.