MAIforBldgs – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lower-cost, high-performance insulation systems are a high-priority research area for DOE's Building Technologies Office. VIPs offer a step change in performance (R40/inch) versus state-of-the-art insulation materials (R6/inch), but at a high cost. A new product, modified atmosphere insulation (MAI), eliminates most of the VIP production steps and is 50% less costly. The thermal performance of MAI is the same as VIPs, and work is ongoing to stimulate adoption of MAI in building applications.