An insulation material developed for NASA’s space shuttles can save energy here on Earth. Conventional insulation is placed between the structural beams of walls, called studs, but the studs themselves provide a conduit for heat to leak out. Adding Thermablok to the edges of the studs can increase the thermal insulation of a wall by 30 percent. The original material, an aerogel made of fragile silica, was treated with polyester fibers to boost its flexibility without compromising its thermal properties.
Courtesy of Acoustiblok
Subscribe to Continue Reading
Uh oh–you've read all five of your free articles for this month.
Insider Online Only
$19.95/yr US PRICE
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors Could Run in the U.K. by 2030
U.K. government urged to swiftly get behind a safer form of carbon-free power.
The Paris Motor Show Confirms It: The Future Is Electric
Any automaker worth its salt is showing off a battery-powered car.
Hydroelectric Power Isn’t as Green as We Thought
Dam it. (Actually, on second thought, maybe don’t.)