Dow Corning - Boosting energy efficiency

Dow Corning architectural insulation modules maintain the aesthetics and look of the historical University of Birmingham, UK, while increasing thermal performance in prevailing space constraints.

Developing solutions for the integration of high-performance insulation materials in curtain walling is at the heart of Dow Corning. It offers architectural freedom due to enhanced performance. Specifically through Dow Corning architectural insulation modules (AIM).

The technology is that of insulating glazing units with inserts offering enhanced thermal insulation in compact architectural panels. The finish is optional and the thickness is driven by performance requirements. The thermal performance of a wall can be achieved within the space of a glazing unit, opening up new opportunities for architectural design.

Core principals

Warm edge technology is adopted to minimise edge losses and maximise the benefit of the insulation material. The offering is a finished panel - with customised finish and performance.

The core of the insulation module is a vacuum insulation panel (VIP), which is protected within a sealed unit, providing a robust product that can be handled during assembly and installation.

The first projects have been realised already, spanning from retrofitting of historic buildings with architectural and space constraints, to new build rain screen cladding solutions with high performance.

Historically accurate

A recent example is the University of Birmingham. The challenge was to replicate the facade with a system that met the project-specific criteria and included increasing the thermal insulation - a considerable task given the prevailing space constraints.

Increased insulation was achieved in two ways. Firstly, the replacement of the single glazing with vision and spandrel dual-sealed insulating glass units. The high-efficiency Dow Corning architectural insulation modules (with 18mm-thick VIP) were then installed as spandrel units.

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce the eco-footprint of construction materials, and improve the health and safety of building occupants.

Taking a holistic approach, Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high performance building challenges. Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, and building materials protection, as well as innovations for high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting, thermal management systems, and the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and solar panels into building design.

Improving energy management with high performance insulation modules

Vacuum insulation panels offer the performance of a conventional insulated wall contained in a glazing unit, opening up new architectural avenues and breaking down some of the barriers otherwise posed by stricter energy regulations. This innovative insulation system is five to 10 times more efficient (providing thinner and better insulation) than conventional insulation materials. These architectural insulation modules are predicted to maintain more than 80% of their thermal performance after 30 years, making this thin-profile insulation technology ideal for a wide range of High Performance Building applications.

Inspiring designs with transparent structural silicone film adhesive

Intended for point fixation on glass curtain walls, TSSA is a new technology currently in development at Dow Corning that eliminates the need to drill holes in glass for bolt fixation. Not only does this technology offer the potential for greater design freedom and lower installation costs, but it also reduces stress on the glass and can contribute to energy efficiency by reducing the potential for leakage in gas-filled insulating glass units.

Silicone adhesives, sealants, coatings and weather barriers from Dow Corning provide durable and efficient weathersealing in new and renovated buildings, helping to avoid water and air infiltration that can destroy a building's energy balance. We are exploring additional ways to apply our expertise in this area to further reduce heat gain and increase durability and protection.

Insulated glass unit manufacturing with superior durability

Increasingly, commercial window manufacturers are turning to silicone sealants for use in insulating glass systems because of their superior durability and longevity compared to organic-based alternatives.

Dow Corning brand silicone sealants are used as secondary seals in dual-sealed insulating glass units and as secondary edge seals in insulating glass units that will be structurally glazed.

Expand your options for sustainable, innovative architectural design with proven commercial glazing products

With four decades of innovation leadership in the commercial glazing industry, from the first four-sided structural glazing systems to the latest research in construction technologies, Dow Corning has the experience to help customers create innovative, durable curtainwall systems. Silicone structural glazing sealants from Dow Corning offer excellent unprimed adhesion and 50% movement capability. Proven, durable Dow Corning brand products offer a range of warranty options for added assurance.

Silicone sealants fight heat loss, wasted financial resources and provide long term sustainability

Dow Corning manufactures a complete line of one-part and two-part sealants to meet the demands of window and door manufacturers. Dow Corning brand sealants are ideally suited for a variety of high-speed and mechanical fastening techniques and feature excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates. Silicone window and door sealants from Dow Corning seal better, provide outstanding adhesion to most common substrates and provide unmatched weather resistance and long-term durability.

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Dow Corning Europe S.A.
Parc Industriel Zone C
Rue Jules Bordet
B-7180 Seneffe
Tel: +32 64 51 11 59
Email: [email protected]

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