aerogel insulation material was selected by Chemist
Dr. Wiesman for the roofing system of a recently
completed extension to his pharmacy in Neuhausen,
The application, which measures 13 x 7 metres, consists
of an aluminium profile dryglazing system, using
25 mm Scobatherm® panels filled with Nanogel
translucent aerogel. The system provides a G-value
of 32% and a U-value of .85, with a light transmission
of 40%. Key benefits include diffused natural light
with no shadows, energy savings and greater comfort
of the season.
"I run quite a large practice and my pharmacy needs to provide a calming and
unstressed atmosphere for my patients, said Dr. Wiesman. The Scobatherm/ Nanogel
filled panels provide this diffused, shadow-free light transmission. As a passionate
performer, I regularly use this room for TV broadcasting and the panels provide
the right backdrop."
The lightweight Scobatherm panels are available in larger continuous glazing
surfaces than glass. They are well-suited for roofing and facing applications
on public, residential and commercial buildings, for indoor swimming pools, sports
and industrial halls as well as stairwells, transparent ceilings, balustrades,
and light diffusing walls in areas that require privacy. With their versatile
format, color tints and size, the Nanogel-filled panels can also meet the design
requirements of speciality building projects.
Richard J. Steger, General Manager of Scobalit AG explains: "Scobatherm products
are a blend of polyester or epoxy resins with glass fibres. These panels are
available in formats up to 8,500 by 2,500 mm. Their twin-wall structure offers
high stability at low weight -- one 50 mm thick and one square-meter large unit
filled with high-performance Nanogel material weighs only 12.5 kg."
Nanogel aerogel is a revolutionary and exciting new translucent insulation material
that can keep the warmth in (or out) when used within glazing systems. Feather-light
and translucent, Nanogel particles were developed by Cabot using its patented
surface modification and fine particle manufacturing technology.
Nanogel aerogels are made up of tiny particles containing networks of small pores
that prevent the flow of air to allow high thermal insulation values and amazing
light transmission. These factors help improve the internal environment by offering
better heat insulation, sound insulation and light diffusion than other existing
insulation materials currently on the market. These benefits can also allow new
design solutions for architects where maximum natural daylight levels and energy
efficiency are required.
Aerogels were originally developed for the space industry, and have just recently
become commercially available. Nanogel aerogels consist of 97% air and weighs
only 90g per litre. Nanogel is also moisture resistant so it will not allow the
growth of mold and mildew.
Nanogel aerogels are manufactured exclusively by Cabot in its manufacturing facility
in Frankfurt, Germany.
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