Thermablok® Aerogel Insulation
Using aerogel insulation technology developed by NASA, Aerogel, the highest insulating material known, is a highly efficient insulating material that breaks conductive “thermal bridging”. Adding just one thin 1/4″ by 1″ strip to only one edge of each stud in a standard wall can increase the R-value by over 32%, regardless of what insulation is in the cavity. (US Dept. of Energy, Oak Ridge and Intertek laboratory test results)
Aerogel, also referred to as “frozen smoke,” has been difficult to adapt to most uses because of its compressibility and fragility. Compressibility of an insulating material of course destroys its insulating effectiveness. The Aerogel in Thermablok material overcomes this by using a proprietary thermal process to strengthen its formula such that it is by far the least compressible of all other known aerogels. This allows it to be bent or be under great pressure while still retaining its amazing insulation properties.
Now available to the building industry, just one thin Thermablok Aerogel Insulation Strip®(pat.pend) added to the edge of each stud before adding gypsum or sheeting is all that is needed to tackle thermal bridging problems and contribute towards maximum R-value.
Thanks to its hydrophobic properties, Thermablok will not age, mold, or mildew. Thermablok uses an amorphous silica (distinctly different from crystalline silica) aerogel insulating material which is environmentally safe and recyclable.
Thermablok aerogel insulation is made up of a composite material consisting of aerogel embedded within a fiberglass type matrix.
Available in plastic encased strips (optional self-adhesive)that attach easily to the stud, Thermablok maintains its R-value over time, under a wide range of conditions. For this reason, Thermablok has made aerogel insulation available for home and commercial use.
The first video below, from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, demonstrates aerogel and its properties. The second video shows how aerogel can be used to address energy issues in the cities of tomorrow.