Several new insulation technologies are slowly finding their way into buildings. Of these, vacuum insulated panels (VIPs) and aerogels are among the most promising. However, the future success of these kinds of insulation solutions depends on their cost-effectiveness, as well as their thermal performance and durability as compared to existing conventional technologies.
The main goal of this project was to investigate the energy performance and cost effectiveness of several state-of-the-art retrofit strategies that could be used in residential houses in the Boston and New England area. To this end, the CSE Building Enclosures Team evaluated the value of several emerging building enclosure technologies, including high performance aerogel and vacuum insulations, in forms that would be durable, energy efficient, flexible enough for a number of different retrofit scenarios, and potentially cost-competitive for deep energy retrofits.