Bee Enterprises recently announced a new insulation invention for buildings, which offers vacuum panels that are rechargeable, repairable, inexpensive and sustainable, according to the company.
Patents are pending for super insulation and sound proofing panels that can offer as much as R60 per inch, but best of all, the insulating value can be dropped instantly to R15 and can maintain a comfortable temperature, day and night and summer and winter.
The panels do not require any hazardous materials in the manufacture or installation. Workers will not need any protective clothing, or gear. The panels can be made with off-the-shelf, environmentally friendly materials, the company notes.
Further, the panels can be made of sustainably produced and/or recycled materials, and because the panels deliver much higher insulation values than conventional insulation, less lumber is needed. A six-inch wall including 2 inches of this new material will be able to provide up to R120 and the environment is protected because the need for up-stream mining and forestry operations will be reduced.
According to Bee Enterprises, the panels will reduce energy inputs to a home. The panels can absorb heat into a home when the insulating vacuum is reduced. Some insulation zones can maintain R120, while others, on south-facing walls and ceilings can be dropped to R15, letting heat flow in. After a very hot day, all the panels can drop to R15 to let heat flow out, replacing it with cool night air, or cool air from ground tubes. All of this activity will be controlled from a digital screen in the home, instructing a computer. At end-of-life, the panels can be recycled.