Thermablok Aerogel has been making headlines for its superior thermal insulation performance, and enjoys a highly respected reputation amongst architects seeking ultimate energy efficiency without compromising the longevity and heritage of a building. The extremely slim insulation material allows breathability of a building’s envelope and provides superior energy ratings which are the benchmark for Passive Haus design and refurbishment projects.
The material has been featured by the BBC and in The Daily Telegraph article Eco Living: The Latest Green Products For Your Home and is also part of Kevin McCloud’s Green Hero column in the May 2013 issue of Grand Designs Magazine. Please see a full account in the articles below.
Insulating internal walls has often meant losing space. However, a product made from “aerogel” – developed by Nasa for its Mars landing craft – is thermally efficient and light. Kate Calvert used aerogel in her 1860 house in Archway, north London.
“Once we removed the old lime plaster we could install three 10mm sheets of aerogel and achieve a good level of insulation,” she says. “It was important to me to retain as much warmth as possible, while allowing the walls to breathe. It was expensive – £8,000 for the outside walls – but considering our house could be as cold as 15C [59F] with the heating on, it was worth it.”