Vacuum insulated panels for sustainable buildings: a review of research and applications

Alotaibi, Sultan Sanat and Riffat, Saffa (2014) Vacuum insulated panels for sustainable buildings: a review of research and applications. International Journal of Energy Research, 38 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 0363-907X

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New research has identified vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) as highly efficient insulators for use in building construction.

They are reported to be several times more effective than conventional materials of a similar thickness in terms of thermal

conductivity. Because of their smaller space requirement, VIPs maximize the internal usage area of buildings and so reduce

the cost of construction. There are however some obstacles that have hindered the application of VIPs, notably their high

cost, susceptibility to perforation and the long-term water and gas effects that worsen their performance. This paper reviews

the contemporary research on VIP as a state-of-the-art material for building insulation. The main components and physical

principles of VIP performance are discussed. Finally, the review of VIPs available on the market and their performance is


Item Type: Article
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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: de Sousa, Mrs Shona
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 07:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:15

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