DOE Building Technologies Program Directed Research Receives R&D 100 Award for Innovative Dynamic Insulation

July 27, 2009

The Oakridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in partnership with Microtek and Advanced Fiber Technology (AFT), received a prestigious R&D 100 Award on July 20, 2009, for the first microencapsulated phase change material that meets fire rating tests. This new generation of phase change material was added to conventional fiberglass and cellulose insulation to function as dynamic insulation.

If this dynamic insulation were installed in 10% of U.S. homes it would result in potential energy savings between 0.2 and 0.5 quads per year. Dynamic insulation also offers significant peak load reductions that are critical to achieve cost-effective net-zero energy buildings. ORNL is currently conducting a whole-house field validation study in association with other advanced technologies on a zero energy home in Tennessee.