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First Installation of Nanogel Translucent Aerogel Daylighting Panels Completed In Europe

Cabot Corporation : 03 November, 2003  (Application Story)
Swiss building materials manufacturer Scobalit, has completed the first European installation of Scobatherm Nanogel daylighting panels filled with Nanogel Translucent Aerogel from Cabot Corporation. The panels were produced and installed by Scobalit in a school building project in Zurich.
Developed commercially by Cabot Corporation, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, Nanogel Translucent Aerogel, is a unique, extremely lightweight and versatile material family of hydrophobic silica aerogels. It delivers thermal insulating and light transmitting factors two to four times better than other translucent building element products currently available to the construction industry.

Having identified a school building project in Zurich for which quality, uniformly diffused light was a key criterion to be met, Scobalit approached Swiss architect Amsler and proposed its Nanogel filled Scobatherm panels as the material solution for the building’s translucent elements.

Amsler was impressed with the potential to maximize the advantage of natural light presented by Scobatherm and the opportunity to design a building with substantial daylighting. His enthusiasm for the project, and the thermal insulation and resulting energy and cost savings offered by the material, won the approval of the municipality of Zurich.

This recently completed project was for the gymnasium of the Buchwiesen state-owned school in Zurich. Nanogel filled Scobatherm panels of 50mm gauge were specified for 1000m2 of roofing and 350m2 of north-facing façade elements. Scobalit produced panels measuring 2000 x 2200mm for the roof and façade panels measuring 5000 x 2500mm.

Testing has shown a U-value of .48W/m2K, G-value of 25% and light transmission of 25%. The intangible value, experienced by pupils and staff at the school, is greater comfort generated by diffused natural light, regardless of season, and the absence of shadows.

Aerogels are known as “the world’s most insulating solid material”, according to NASA researchers. Nanogel is a water proof translucent aerogel which can be produced in a range of particle sizes to optimize appearance and fenestration performance It is poured into translucent glazing panels and packed to prevent settling. Moreover, it is also an effective sound insulator, providing an acoustic reduction of 5dB, making it ideal for school, and other institutional, working, and leisure environments.

Nanogel Translucent Aerogel provides a 10-year limited warranty against loss of light transmission, thermal conductivity and UV resistance.
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