U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office
Vacuum Insulation Panels Research Project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is currently conducting research into vacuum insulation panels. These panels should fully integrate with existing exterior insulated façade systems.
The project seeks to develop a high R-value wall panel featuring vacuum insulation panels with an exterior insulated façade system. This can deliver a commercially viable wall system up to R-40.
Research is being undertaken between DOE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dryvit, and Dow Corning.
The goal of this project is the development of vacuum insulation panels with performance levels of R20, R30, and R40, while providing a unitized protection system of vacuum insulated panels (VIPs) that can be handled by tradesmen without damaging and losing vacuum. In addition, the handbooks for the ASTM International and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers will be updated.
Benefits and Impacts
Proper insulation can save homeowners money on both heating and cooling, which account for 50 – 70% of home energy use. By developing improved wall designs, the improved air sealing can reduce a buildings' energy use for both heating and cooling.