Vacuum Insulation Panels
Vacuum insulated panels were first seen in commercial applications such as refrigerators, freezers and cold shipping boxes. The outstanding thermal performance of VIPs is able to provide the thinnest possible solutions to a number of temperature-controlled applications. VIPs have, more recently, been seen in building applications as more stringent regulations have come into place.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development began research to evaluate the market potential for the use of vacuum insulated panels in residential buildings. The research concluded that VIPs have become a ‘feasible and important’ mean for designing energy efficient buildings. Kingspan Insulation launched OPTIM-R™ in 2012.