U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office
Advanced Insulation for High Performance Cost-Effective Wall, Roof, and Foundation Systems Research Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting research into advanced insulation for high performance wall, roof, and foundation systems. Heat flows from hotter to colder spaces, and insulation is designed to resist this flow by keeping hot air out in the summer and in during the winter.
This project seeks to develop high performing, durable, hydrofluorocarbon and hydrochlorofluorocarbons -free insulation with an R-value greater than 7.5-per-inch and a Class A fire performance.
Research is being undertaken between DOE and Dow Chemical.
The goals of this project are to develop analytical measurement techniques and a pilot scale semi or continuous process, to conduct a market assessment, and to create a commercialization strategy for the resulting product.
Benefits and Impacts
Proper insulation can save homeowners money on both heating and cooling, which account for 50 – 70% of home energy use. New continuous insulation will be thinner than extruded polystyrene (XPS), expanded polystyrene (EPS), and polyisocyanurate (ISO), and will also be more cost effective and more durable than vacuum insulated panels (VIP) and aerogel. In addition, the overall installation system will cost less with more efficient materials.