Industrial Nanotech, Inc. (Industrial Nanotech) said that its Nansulate technology will be used by Architechniques Ltd. (Architechniques) in the restoration of circa 1900's theatre in Vienna, Illinois by architect Matt Hupe of Architechniques, Herrin, Illinois. The company’s technology is used to reduce energy consumption and offer a clean mold resistant insulation.
The company has recently experience a significant increase in architects’ interest in their new nanotechnology-based Nansulate thermal insulation and mold resistant coatings for energy savings.
In a description of the theatre project sent to the company, Matt Hupe said, Your product will be a great base for us to have our client put on the walls first to add a buffer between the bricks and the furred out walls to get a decent insulation value for such a small space. As a bonus your product will insure they have a safe, comfortable and mold free facility for years to come.
Francesca Crolley, vice president of operations and marketing, Industrial Nanotech stated, Our primary customer base has historically been the end user, whether it is a manufacturing facility or a homeowner. Recently, we have an increasing number of architects from around the country contacting us to learn more about Nansulate and how our energy saving technology can benefit their customers. Our new Sustainable Building Brochure, which explains how Nansulate can increase energy efficiency of pre-existing buildings and help Federal buildings meet energy reduction mandates, has been downloaded over 1200 times in less than two weeks. In addition, Nansulate was recently mentioned by an Oregon architect in an article in the Daily Journal of Commerce that discussed new ‘green’ technologies. We offer a solution for retrofit insulation that hasn’t existed as an option in the past and architects are becoming excited about that. Nansulate presents an opportunity for architects to be innovative with energy conscious design and their responsiveness to our products highlights their sense of responsibility to contribute to more energy efficient building protocols.
The energy saving impact of the Nansulate coatings is tested by a number of third party laboratories. Thermal testing specific to the buildings was done by an accredited international laboratory according to UNI EN ISO 8990:1999 standard Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies, which is similar to the ASTM C236. The results showed that the Nansulate translucent coatings decreased energy flow through a wall by 34.8%. Additionally, real world case studies measuring actual kilowatt use have shown reduction in the energy used to heat and cool by as much as 41%.
Pursuant to the Energy Independence and Security Act, it is mandatory for the Federal buildings to decrease energy consumption by 15% by 2010 and by 30% by 2015. Many pre-existing buildings were constructed with the solid walls and no area available for traditional forms of the insulation. For these and other buildings, Nansulate represents a cost effective means to meet these new government mandates for energy reduction.