Vacuum Insulating Panels (VIPs) are a terrific idea in theory because they can insulate buildings so well. But errant nails, long-life sealing, and cost are still concerns. Active Insulating Panels (AIPs), a variation on VIPs, addresses these problems. Instead of permanently-sealed VIPs made of fairly expensive molecular barriers, AIPs can potentially be made of relatively inexpensive ABS plastic that resists thermal ...more »
ENVELOPE TECHNOLOGIES CAMPAIGN WINNER
Congratulations Rod Stucker!
Rod is an entrepreneur specializing in zero net energy (ZNE) design with focus on integrated design, systems architecture, and home automation. As owner of RM Enterprises, he works on the development of state-of-the-art Passive House and Zero Net Energy construction in the residential market including the use of solar thermal, solar PV, ground source heat pumps, desuperheaters, and hydronic systems that provide radiant heating, cooling and hot water.
Rod’s idea entails a novel approach to installing high performance EPS foam window frames and insulated glass units at the job site. This would both reduce the risks of improper installation and ensure a tight, well insulated and therefore energy-saving window package.
Rod Stucker presented his idea in front of 300 technical experts, lab scientists, corporate partners, small businesses, and financial institutions at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Industry Day, hosted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. You can view a video of his exhibition at here. He will also have the opportunity to explore partnerships with the lab and/or industry partners to advance market adoption of his ideas.
The mechanism for adding gaskets to the internal frame is to pre-print 16" on center marks on the gaskets. This will add quality control and speed for the framer while laying down an effective continuous air barrier. Platform framing is great for production, terrible to try and manage air infiltration. We do it and it's been vetted by NYSERDA to reduce air by 81% over conventional stick-framed walls.
ORNL is currently leading research with industry partners that has the potential to achieve vacuum insulation panel (VIP) performance levels at half the cost using an innovative, simpler manufacturing process. The halved cost of the insulation plus installation cost savings accruing from the ultrathin nature of VIP-based products are estimated to make VIP equal or lower cost than traditional insulation in some applications. ...more »
In colder climates rain gutters located on the north sides of buildings freeze up and cause water to back up on roof surfaces causing damage and leaks. The most common fix for this problem is to run electrical heat tape on the roof in a zig zag pattern and in the gutter and down spouts. This uses a great deal of electrical energy and it is energized for months at a time. Using parabolic or flat reflectors mounted to the ...more »
Commercial building facades that are easily assembled, disassembled and re-configured. These facades would include window modules, wall modules and foundational modules all of which are interchangeable and modular. The modules would last at least 100 years (durability), be composed of sustainable, renewable materiales and be comprised of the most energy efficient and cost effective assemblies.
One critical building performance issue is thermal bridging. There is software in the marketplace to analyze building compenents, but none to analyze whole buildings. This idea is to create a software program (more artifical intelligence than Fortran) that will analyze scanned drawings, 2-D CAD files, or 3-D CAD files that will show potential issues with thermal bridging with building structures and envelopes.
Picture/fixed window frames constructed of conventional materials result in lowering the overall thermal performance (lower the R-value or increase the inverse U-Value) of windows. The majority of heat loss from an envelope, particularly a structure with a highly insulated envelope, is from windows and doors.
Gaskets printed with all framing locations preprinted on a soft substrate provides 20% or more in production cycles confirmed by two major companies. The sheathing is applied over the gaskets for a continuous barrier. Thermal bridging is eliminated too. The gasket itself allow air-infiltration to be reduced by substantial amounts. Two incredible important industry advancements rolled into one solution; energy conservation ...more »
Provide an ICF unit where the shells are made of masonry. The exterior shell is lined with rigid insulation. The shells are tied together with pvc pipe to break thermal bridging.
When concrete is poured into the forms and cured the concrete is separated by a continuous layer of rigid insulation only interrupted by the pvc cross ties.
A vacuum is a very low cost and extremely efficient insulator. How about developing tiny composite spheres with a vacuum inside? Assuming they are between 1/8" and 1/4" diameter - wall, floor and ceiling cavities could simply be filled with the little guys. Vibrate them and they will compact into place. Imagine simply vacuuming out existing insulation and replacing with drop in VIBs. During a remodel they could even ...more »
Many building designers, particularly new home builders/contractors, do not incorporate a systems approach (including considerable focus on materials science) using modeling and simulation tools. However, a systems architectural approach is necessary in order to achieve ZNE with minimal costs. In addition, homes should be built with durable materials that are not subject to being blown down by hurricanes or destroyed ...more »
I'm sure everyone is familiar with Night Light fixtures in commercial, industrial and municipal buildings.These fluorescent fixtures 2,3 or 4 lamp are on 24hours/day, 7days/week,365days/year. Lumen depreciation and color shift is also accelerated in these fixtures due to 24/7 operation. We have a lighting/control product ,Patent Pending that reduces energy consumption in Fluorescent Night Light fixtures by 90% or greater. ...more »
Replace the standard cmu with an icmu (insulated concrete masonry unit) in single wythe walls. ICMU's with zero thermal bridges can achieve substantial energy savings over conventional cmu walls with interior insulation (the vast majority of single wythe masonry walls). Oak Ridge National Lab research and the Advanced Energy Design Guides both recognize insulated thermal mass (insulation exterior to thermal mass) as producing ...more »
Develop inexpensive, durable double walled piping using 3-D printing that can be used inside and outside buildings. Piping would providing insulation for liquids (and gases), prevent leaks, and be light and inexpensive. Piping could be custom produced using various materials depending on function and could be produced in custom lengths, widths, etc. for various applications.