Vacuum Sealed Roof Insulation
Preliminary Technology Assessment
What is This Technology?
The Vacuum-Insulated Panel (VIP) is a thin, highly efficient insulation material that can provide thermal resistance up to 5 times greater per unit of thickness than polystyrene or polyurethane insulation and up to 10 times greater than glass wool, with state of the art product achieving R50 in one-half inch thickness. This technology is particularly relevant for retrofit applications, where the thickness of insulation using incumbent technologies would require an increase in parapet height.
Why is GSA Interested?
VIP technology has the potential to significantly reduce energy use when applied to retrofits in cold-climate low-rise installations, where roof area is a significant fraction of overall surface area.
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