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Posted: September 20, 2007

New Spaceloft Insul-Cap From Aspen Aerogels Improves Thermal Efficiency of Wall Framing

(Nanowerk News) Aspen Aerogels is introducing Spaceloft Insul-Cap, a new nanotechnology-based aerogel insulation product that adds R-value to wood- and steel-frame buildings, improving their energy efficiency.
Spaceloft Insul-Cap is made of a 3/8" thick strip of flexible aerogel blanket, the world's most efficient insulation material. The strips are applied onto a building's framing, inside or outside, prior to sheathing. This eliminates thermal bridging, in which heat travels through the framing, resulting in heating or cooling loss.
Spaceloft Insul-Cap can add up to an R4.0 to standard wall framing, with dramatic results:
* The thermal performance of a steel-frame wall can improve 40 percent, increasing to R11, the equivalent of a wood-frame wall.
* A wood-frame wall's thermal performance can improve by more than 15 percent.
This can save the average homeowner up to $750 per year in energy costs and reduce the average home carbon footprint by several tons per year.
Spaceloft Insul-Cap's thin 3/8" profile allows it to fit between framing and sheathing without altering standard construction. It is applied in strips with a peel-and-stick adhesive backing or staples. It can be customized to fit on headers, rim joists, corners, rafters, window flashing and other hard-to- insulate areas.
To see a demonstration of Spaceloft Insul-Cap, visit Aspen Aerogels at booth 1462 at the 2007 METALCON show in Las Vegas, Oct. 3-5.
About Aspen Aerogels, Inc.
Aspen Aerogels supplies nanotechnology-enabled aerogel insulation products that are two to four times more effective than traditional insulation materials. Aspen Aerogels' solutions deliver thermal and other benefits that enable customers to conserve energy and save money in a variety of industries including: building and construction, oil and gas production and processing, LNG shipping and storage, outdoor apparel, appliance, transportation, military and aerospace.
Source: Aspen Aerogels