How VIPs perform in building insulation

Need to insulate in small confined space? Our VIPs (va-Q-vip B, va-Q-vip F) are the space-saving and innovative insulation solution for the construction industry. Architects and developers who incorporate this modern insulation form achieve better heat insulation in their building projects, make a contribution to the environment and gain usable space. After all, any space saved on insulation thickness is space gained for living areas.

 

Advantages of VIPs at a glance

  • Highly effective insulation
  • Immensely reduced insulation thickness
  • Save space and heating costs
  • Increased CO2 balance
  • Lightweight insulation
  • Modular configuration for various shapes and sizes

 

Energy and space-saving heat insulation in the entire building

Although there is a strong demand worldwide for energy-saving measures, a large part of energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Europe are directly related to buildings and, in particular, their heating systems. Conventional insulation materials and systems often reach their physical limits. Insulation measures are often abandoned because there is not enough available space. Modern vacuum insulation panels use the principle of a thermal bottle and convert this into a panel shape, thus providing an optimal physical type of insulation in the smallest of space.

In construction, VIPs insulate approximately five times better than conventional insulation materials of the same thickness. This enables architects and developers to save 80% of space normally needed for installation. Thanks to lower heating requirements, a more favourable CO2 balance is also achieved. Vacuum insulation panels are suitable for multiple application areas in the construction industry – such as roofing, flooring, balustrades, balconies and conservatories, as well as other interior and exterior insulation uses. A further added value of va-Q-tec insulation panels is provided by their modular design: various sizes, shapes and surface laminations (va-Q-vip F-EPS, va-Q-vip F-GGM) offer individual solutions for every customer.

Thermal performance and weight

The evacuation of air from the panels increases the VIP's heat resistance, thus decreasing its the heat transfer coefficient (U value). This value describes the heat flow passing through layers of material, when different temperatures are present at the panel sides. The following table provides data on heat-resistance, U-value and basis weight for va-Q-vips of different thicknesses (their core material consists of micro-porous silica).

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Thermal bridge

Vacuum insulation panels insulate very efficiently and are at the same time very thin. Thus the temperature drops over a very short distance when vacuum insulated:

  • This increases the heat flow (due to thermal bridges) compared with conventional thermal insulation
  • This requires careful technical planning regarding the minimisation of thermal bridges created by fittings, joints, penetrations, etc.

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