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Title: Improving the thermal performance of single-glazed windows using translucent granular aerogel
Authors: Dowson, M
Harrison, DJ
Craig, S
Gill, Z
Keywords: Granular aerogel;Translucent insulation;Retrofit products;Energy-efficient refurbishments
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: International Journal of Sustainable Engineering 4(3): 266-280, Jul 2011
Abstract: Cost-effective materials, products and installation methods are required to improve the energy efficiency of the UK's existing building stock. The aim of this paper is to assess the potential for high-performance translucent granular aerogel insulation to be retrofitted over single glazing to reduce heat loss without blocking out all of the useful natural light. In situ testing of a 10-mm-thick prototype panel, consisting of a clear twin-wall polycarbonate sheet filled with granular aerogel, was carried out and validated with steady-state calculations. Results demonstrate that an 80% reduction in heat loss can be achieved without detrimental reductions in light transmission. Payback calculations accounting for the inevitable thermal bridging from openable solutions such as roller shutters or pop-in secondary glazing suggest that a return on investment between 3.5 and 9.5 years is possible if products are consistently used over the heating season. Granular aerogel is a promising material for improving the thermal performance of existing windows. Future research will seek to map out different ways in which the material can be applied to the existing UK housing stock, identifying which systems offer the greatest potential for widespread CO2 savings over their life cycle.
Description: Copyright @ 2011 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1939-7038
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dept of Design Research Papers

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