What is aerogel insulation?

Originally manufactured for the aerospace industry, aerogel is a material where the liquid in the gel is replaced by gas, without shrinking, by a complex process called super-critical drying. 

The resulting material is rigid and offers excellent thermal properties. It is also brittle, so embedding it into a carrier fabric, like polyester or glass fibre, creates a flexible blanket material that is more usable, as it better maintains its integrity and thermal performance. 

Why is Spacetherm® A1 ideal for retrofitting buildings?

A Proctor Group’s aerogel blanket product, Spacetherm® A1, has a very low thermal conductivity of 0.0195 W/mK, so high levels of thermal efficiency can be achieved in space-critical applications. 

The thermal performance of ventilated facades can be enhanced generally, and in areas of thermal bridge detailing such as window reveals and steel beams. 

And with a non-combustibility classification of A1, facade systems can be optimised for fire performance too.  

Whether installed internally or externally, buildings can also benefit from the material’s moisture management characteristics, including vapour permeability and hydrophobicity. 

Spacetherm® is A. Proctor Group’s range of ultra-thin insulation solutions for retrofit and new-build projects. We offer a variety of solutions featuring Spacetherm A1, including ones bonded to plasterboard or magnesium oxide board to suit different applications. Find out more at https://proctorgroup.com/products/spacetherm 

John Johnston
Sales Director

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